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. http://www.marthastewart.com/275075/how-to-carve-a-pumpkin.
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.
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 www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
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 www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
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. http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.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.
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 www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
Telling a story that is interesting can be a challenge at anytime. Depending on the nature of your book, illustrations can help bring your book to a new level. Photographs are great in their own way but when trying to tell a specific story sometimes finding the right photograph can be a problem. The solution is illustration because you can get the exact point across to enhance the authors story telling style.
We were able to help author Kathryn Burton with her book series for kids titled “Haley Honey Bee” and is now working on a third book in the series. If you are writing a story and would like something to enhance your writing style then adding illustrations may be the way. Here are some illustrations we did for Haley Honey Bee. You can learn more about the books and the author at www.haleyhoneybee.com
About the Artist
Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for authors, entrepreneurs, businesses. We specialize in editorial and advertising illustration in the style of caricatures and cartoons. To inquire about having us illustrate your next book or to view samples of our work visit our website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
I was recently contacted by a company in Texas after they found a motorcycle illustration I had completed years ago online and wanted to use it for their campaign in helping those in need. The company was willing to purchase the design but after discussing with them the usage and idea behind the campaign I let them use it for free. Apparently the group ride their motorcycles around dressed like Santa and deliver food to those in need in their area. It is good when we can all support those doing good in the world. If you happen to be in the Dallas Texas area and see Santa on a motorcycle it just may be this group.
Here is the illustration they will be using on pamphlets and t-shirts.
Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. You can learn more about Bruce and his work or to discuss your next project visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
I will be teaching a cartooning workshop for kids in conjunction with Art on Location Program with Dawn Angela Seeley. This workshop will be part of Dawn Angela’s larger art class program for kids. To learn more about the classes or to register please visit her website at dawnangela.com.
Learn how to draw cartoons, caricatures, comics and more. This workshop will be held at the following location.
2013 Bronte Road
Please register through www.dawnangela.com
About the Artist
Bruce Outridge Productions offers art classes specializing in caricatures, cartoons, comics, and more. We offer classes for public and private individuals clients looking for programs on cartooning and associated expertise. To learn more about Bruce and upcoming classes or to view his online art instruction videos check out his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com/artinstruction.
Dawn Angela Seeley is holding a cartooning workshop through her Studio program. I will be teaching cartooning on Monday November 21st and Monday November 28th from 6:15pm-8:15pm. To learn more about the classes or to register please contact Dawn Angela Seeley Studios directly through the information below. The seating is limited for this event so don’t delay.
Cartooning for Teens
Please register directly with Dawn Angela’s Studio
About the Instructor
Bruce Outridge is a professional cartoonist from Southern Ontario Canada. He specializes in the art of caricature and cartoons and is the creator of several published comic strips including the Pride Junkie, Highway Blues, Bear & Knuckles and more. Bruce’s services include live caricature entertainment, advertising and editorial illustration, and custom design services. He is available for workshops and classes throughout Southern Ontario. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
Ever wonder why people aren’t respecting you, but demand respect in return?Respect is earned and if you are speaking to someone of authority or experience then you should respect them. If you want respect you have to earn it. That comes from being nice to other people. Once you have that you can then ask them to show you respect. it is a two way street.
The Pride Junkie.
In the Pride Junkie “P” stands for passion. I see many kids around these days that don’t seem to have passion in what they do. I loved drawing from the age of 10 years old. Today I do that for a living. If you enjoy doing something think about how you can do that in your work life. Do the best you can at what you do and you will go far in life and have fun too!
The Pride Junkie /Bruce Outridge
On page four the crooks make a bold move and drive on the side of the highway with oncoming traffic. This causes them to be almost wiped out by trucks coming the other way, even the crooks themselves are afraid of crashing.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and illustrator and creator of the Pride Junkie Comic Series. For more information on his work please visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com