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October is a great month for arts and crafts

With October coming up quickly and the Canadian Thanksgiving just a few weeks away there will be a lot to do to prepare for the Holiday. October can almost be called craft month with so many options available for families to create amazing art. Think about the month for moment, you have the beautiful colours of Fall, Thanksgiving with family festivities, and then the creative time of Halloween, all in one month. This is the perfect month to take your art to the next level. Here are some tips that will help you boost your arts and crafts and make your celebrations creative and unique.

Get out for some inspiration

The colours of Fall are one of the best reasons for living in the Northern United States and Canada. Team that beauty with beautiful weather and Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy this incredible time of year. A sketch-walk or hike can be a great way to be inspired by the time of year. Just take a sketchbook, some pencils and coloured pencils or crayons and head outdoors to enjoy nature. If you are not the drawing type then take the camera or just go for a family hike and enjoy the colours. You will be inspired by the colours and it is a great way to collect items to enhance that family dinner.

Here is the sketch-walk I took at Crawford Lake if you would like to see how a sketch-walk works.


Get creative with pumpkin carving

Of course Fall wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins. Just pick some up while your are out for that nature or sketch-walk. Get the kids creating a unique piece for themselves by having them draw out their design and then cut out the pumpkin to create a 3-D work of art. Here is how to start drawing out the design.

Have the kids draw out their design and then transfer it onto tracing paper. Once on the tracing paper the drawing can be transferred onto the pumpkin with the rubbing technique. For the rubbing technique put carbon paper behind the sketch or colour the back of the tracing paper and then trace it onto the pumpkin.

As for cutting out a pumpkin I know nothing about that so here is a link to an article from Martha Stewart.

Draw out that Halloween costume

Oh sure you could go buy a Halloween costume but it is much more creative to design your own. Draw out those costumes in a sketchbook or paper and then go get those material to put it all together. The kids will learn drawing techniques and come out with a unique creation as well.

Here is a link to some drawing videos if you need help in that area.

So I hope that helps to make your October an experience to remember. Fall is a beautiful time of year to be inspired by art and get the whole family involved in a beautiful outdoor experience.

Enjoy Fall!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artist from Burlington Ontario. The services of Bruce Outridge Productions offers live caricature entertainment, art instruction, and much more. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions visit

The Cancer Convoy-Cartoon of the Week


The Story Behind the Cartoon

Since the folks at Trucking for a Cure are having their convoy in Woodstock Ontario this weekend I thought this cartoon would be appropriate. I completed this illustration for the group years ago for a convoy showing some of the participants that played a major role in those early years. If you get a chance to get out and participate then it is a great way to get the family involved. Here is a link to the convoy for more information.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and much of his work is in and on the industry. Whether it is vehicle caricatures, trucking cartoons, or gift caricatures of people Bruce is in high demand. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at

Lining up guests at the art gallery-Wedding Testimonial

Every wedding is different and sometimes it is intimidating when you don’t know the people. This wedding was really cool as they held it in an art gallery with a live band and buffet style dinner. The crowd was great to work with and we even had to extend the time due to demand. All the best to Dave and Sarah for the future and thanks for having me out to draw at your event.

Here is what they had to say:

Dave R has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2798550:

Client Review
Bruce was great! Communication was easy and straightforward, he was there early and set up well before needed. Caricatures were awesome, we had a line up all night, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bruce to anyone!!

Client Ratings
Dave gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
Professionalism: 5
Quality of service: 5
Ability to handle special requests: 5
Willingness to recommend to a friend: 5
Overall satisfaction: 5

Here are some pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons for live event such as weddings and corporate functions. You can learn more about specials for weddings and corporate events at

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Caricature artist helps welcome new university students-Testimonial

The last few years I have help the University of Toronto welcome their new students starting school at their Mississauga campus. This year they had a street party and I was drawing caricatures all night. It is fun to talk to the students and find out how they see their future.

Here is what the client had to say:

Name or Company: UTM Student HousingService provided: Live caricature entertainment

How was your booking experience?: Excellent

How was your project/event experience?: Excellent
Additional Comment: Bruce was great! The students were super excited, it was definitely one of the key parts of our event

Here are a few pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Live event caricature entertainment for weddings, corporate events, and parties is part of their regular service. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or book them for your next party visit

Caricaturing Shelley Uvanile-Hesch of WTFC-Cartoon of the Week


The Story Behind the Cartoon

This week’s cartoon is a caricature for the Trucking Industry. I gave a caricature to our first presenter for a seminar series in the trucking industry and it was a big hit so I decided I would do this for all the presenters for 2017. Our second presenter was presented with the gift at the seminar on September 12th 2017. Shelley is the CEO of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada and was the keynote speaker for the event. Thank you to Shelley for a great presentation. Here are a few pics from the event.


About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce’s background is in the trucking industry and he is very active in that industry as a speaker, trainer, and entrepreneur. If you would like to hire Bruce to complete your next gift caricature visit his website at

A career influenced by Marvin-Cartoon of the Week


The Story Behind the Cartoon

If you look back on your career it is interesting to see how those early influences have played apart in life. One of my favourite cartoons from the age of around 12 was Marvin by Tom Armstrong. The strip is still available to this day and I used to copy the cartoons out of the paper. Here is one scene from a strip that I copied at the age of thirteen or so. This was how I learned to draw. Thank you to Tom Armstrong and many other great artists for playing a part in my career to this day. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Bruce has various cartoons and comics including The Pride Junkie Comic, Highway Blues, and Gymdazzled to name a few. you can learn more about Bruce or hire him for your next project at

The License-Cartoon of the Week

License-cartoon by Bruce Outridge

The Story Behind the Cartoon

This cartoon came from a joke I heard over the radio one day from the DJ at the time who would read a joke each morning. I believe I was in Timmins or somewhere driving my truck when it came over and at my next stop I jotted the idea down on my note pad. Years later it became a cartoon. Sorry I couldn’t give credit to the person that told me the joke, but it is funny. Moral of the story never let kids play in your purse. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. To learn more about Bruce’s cartoon work please visit his website at

Guests take over drawing at party!

My whole goal when drawing at events is to have as much fun as possible and that usually translates to the guests having fun as well. Every once in a while I get a guest who is an artist and are hovering over me watching every stroke so I try to entice them to take a shot. There has been a couple times when everyone was saying how good they are and I have to think if that was such a good idea to give them the marker. This happened at a party not to long ago and we couldn’t stop laughing. Even the kids got involved in drawing me. I guess I will know when I have been fired when the guests take over the drawing!

Here are some pictures of the budding artists

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Bruce is constantly requested for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. To hire Bruce for your next event or to learn more about his wedding and corporate specials visit his website at

Improve Your Child’s Creativity with Art Supplies

Go into any office supply store and you will see a flurry of activity in the back to school section. Sale prices are all around and there will be many items to choose from. The tendency for most parents is to just get as many pencils and highlighters as possible to last the year. If you are the parent to a budding artist then you may want to take a moment to actually plan out the supplies you need for the year as this could be a great way to improve your child’s creativity.

We all learn in different ways, some need more visual clues and others take lots of notes. In fact it’s been reported that doodling improves retention of material. Don’t believe me check out this article on the a study done on the topic.,8599,1882127,00.html. Teaming the way people learn to how they like to take down information can help improve how much of the material is remembered, but also makes the review process much more enjoyable.

So how will this information help improve your child’s creativity?

First let’s look at the notebooks your child may be working in. You may want to buy your child those basic lined styled notebooks, but is that the best option? If your child is a budding artist it may be holding back some of that creativity with the lines. Think about the subject and it may be more beneficial to buy notebooks with blank pages and even possible with different colours. This way the notebook becomes a visual journal that is not only more memorable but encourages review of the material. I have included a picture of my sketchbook pages from a convention to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

Bruce's Notebook

What about the drawing instruments such as pencils and pens?

There are two major items that every artist puts energy into finding the best quality available. The item they draw or paint on and the item they draw or paint with. Quality paper or canvas and quality paint, brushes, or drawing materials are key to helping create great art. So when buying back to school supplies could you be helping your child improve their creativity with decent materials?

The best way to start is to ask your child if appropriate what they like to draw with. Do they draw more with pencil, pen, or marker? I myself rarely use pencil anymore. Once I started doing pen and ink work as a child I abandoned the pencil for the most part. Other artists I know use only pencil so it really is a personal choice.

If you are looking at buying colour materials here is a guide to help.

You may want to just pick up those big packs of coloured pencils or mega packs of highlighters but before you do let me offer another option. If possible buy the colours separately. This is why most art stores don’t sell their products in pack because many artists don’t buy their materials this way. Let’s say I need a red colour. The best way to buy that is to buy a red pencil crayon, then a darker red pencil, and then a lighter red pencil. This way you can colour a shirt red, then use a darker red for shadow, and lighter red for highlights. This technique can also be done in other ways with blue colours but it gives you an idea of the process of shopping for colours.

These tips can help not only improve creativity, encourage note taking, and improve retention of material. I have found it a great way to help remember information during conferences, seminars, and presentations. If you have a budding artist that likes to draw this may be a great way to encourage getting homework done and improving their artistic talent. Hey it couldn’t hurt!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a professional artist /cartoonist from Burlington Ontario Canada. Bruce has been drawing since he was ten years and offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at