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The Signal-Cartoon of the Week


The Story Behind the Cartoon

If you have ever been in an airport, coffee shop, or other public place and had all the signals conflicting with each other so much that you couldn’t get on to any networks you will understand this cartoon. I also have a habit of turning down my phone for meetings and forgetting to turn it back up again. Enjoy the Cartoon!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist from Burlington Ontario Canada. His cartoons cover a range of topics from transportation to  travel. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at

The Progression of an Art Business with Bruce Outridge

This video shows the progression of Bruce Outridge Productions and how I started my business using my trucking background. This presentation is similar to one that I offer at career fairs for artists.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce is a published author, artist, podcast host, and professional speaker. He is available for presentations on careers and businesses for artists and creative entrepreneurs. You can learn more about Bruce and his work at

Modern Approach to Marketing Your Art Workshop-March 28, 2017

modern approach to marketing

Today’s Social Media – How can you use these powerful tools to build interest in your artwork and sharing it with a wider audience? Bruce will teach you the fundamentals of marketing using the tools of today to help you understand new online business models, social and business networks. He will help you recognize the difference between marketing and branding. Learn how to find your target market, set up your online profile and create your own plan for success. This stimulating class is open to all artists who are serious about selling their work.

Tuesday, March 28th 2017-7 pm to 10pm

Oakville Art Society
560 Bronte Road
Oakville, Ontario
L6L 6S1

Register for the workshop directly with the Oakville Art Society

T-Shirt Business Goes FLAT OUT!

As you may know I do a lot of work for a t-shirt company in Australia producing designs for trucking t-shirts. Every few months, the business started by two truck drivers adds another design and product to their portfolio. Get Trucked Oz recently had me design this image for their latest shirt and it is flying off the shelves with pre-orders.  Flat Out is the latest design featuring a truck from the fleet that founders drive for. If you would like to order a shirt or learn more about the company visit

flat-out-design If you want to hear the podcast interview with Get Trucked Oz check out

Cashing in on Creativity PodcastAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Vehicle and truck caricatures are part of the company’s field of interest and they have clients around the world. if you would like Bruce to help with your next image visit their website at

Cartoons make great advertisements!

Remember when illustration was the only thing around? Okay maybe you don’t but there was a time. Photography quickly became hot for advertising as computers made manipulating images easier. Cartoons have been starting to make a comeback for many advertising and editorial needs and caricatures are a great way to do create a unique ad for publications. We have done many cartoon ads in both caricatures and general cartooning in the past and continue to get more requests. If you are looking to make an impact in a different way with your next advertisement then think about cartooning for a change. It allows people to read your ad longer, after all isn’t that the goal. Here are a few we did for our clients.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for advertising and editorial projects. Specializing in caricatures and cartoons allows for creative ways to market or advertise your next project. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or to discuss your next project visit

Who is in your network?

One of the things I love about traveling is the different people we get to meet that would not normally cross our path. It is amazing to see what creative people do with art in the form close to their hearts. I meet people every year on our annual adventure down south. Some are now old friends and others new acquaintances. I try to reach out to talk with artists when I see them and support them when I can. Here are a few pictures of my friends from this year. If you aren’t doing this already build your network from around the world, it will amaze you the talent that is out there!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and illustrator from Southern Ontario, Canada.  His art specializes in comics and cartoons and is a business consultant and podcast host for artists. To learn more about Bruce and his art visit his website at To listen to his podcast for artists visit

Artist Starts Podcast to Help Other Artists Succeed

Bruce podcastingI was recently asked by another artist why I started my latest podcast for artists. They couldn’t understand why I would start something that gave no return to me to help my competition. Hopefully this article will help explain why.

Are you worried about the competition?

It’s true that I could be hurting myself by giving away secrets on how to succeed in business as an artist, however I have found out in my business it works the opposite to the way most people think about help and offers me even more exposure in its own little way. I have found that I like to help people and no matter how I try to stop that it doesn’t stop easily. In reality no one does everything exactly the same and personality, skill, and determination will play a big part in success even if we all have the same amount of information.

Why creative businesses?

I focused the podcast on creative businesses because that’s what I do. I have been a professional artist for over ten years, I am the author of several books, I like to talk, and I like to help people. Since that is what I do then that is where I decided to focus my content. I already have a podcast out for the transportation industry in which I have been involved with for over 30 years. I saw an area of opportunity in the creative areas and felt I could help. You can check out the transportation podcast at

Why podcasts?

I already have blogs, books, and other content so there are lots of places to get information. The podcast platform was more for me than my audience. I enjoy public speaking and giving presentations and a podcast is much like a presentation. For me personally it helps me with my speaking development, organization of material, and offers opportunity to expand my network.

The benefit of a podcast to the audience is information to help them directly, a more personal connection with the author or host, and the ability to replay and select content that is of interest to them. This medium is also attractive because you don’t have to stop what you are doing to listen unlike a book or a post where you have to read the actual words.

How do you make money with a podcast?

If you start a podcast for money then you may be starting for the wrong reasons. You can make money down the road through affiliate products, advertising, and the like but that is down the road. It can take months or years before you make money with a podcast so you have to really enjoy doing it. As mentioned I started the podcast for other reasons so the monetary issues are not my focus at this time, maybe down the road.

What will you focus on for the future?

My focus for the short term is to keep improving the production quality and content to help the audience in what they do. Once we have those issues on course we can look at other opportunities, but for now interesting guests, quality content, and good production are the focus.

I hope the show will be of interest to those that are artists, authors, and creative entrepreneurs. The focus of the podcast is on business, creativity, and inspiration. Succeed at business, improve your creativity, and become inspired by amazing guests. Check out the show at

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, consultant, speaker, and podcast host. His art is on caricatures and cartoons, he is the author of several business and leadership books, and host of and his latest podcast

Creative Client Uses Caricatures for Social Media

I recently had a client that was starting a new social media campaign for their restaurant on social media. They contacted us to come out and draw each of their staff members on actual eggs as they are a breakfast restaurant. After I finished explaining to the owner that they had found the wrong artist, not because I don’t draw caricatures but because there was no way I could draw small enough for an egg. After I offered him the name of an artist in his area that may be a do a better job I mentioned I could do something via email allowing for the same effect and better product. He liked the idea and we went ahead with the project.

Here is what the client had to say:

Hi Bruce, they look awesome…!


Sometimes short but sweet works for me.

Here are a few of the 12 caricatures completed. If you are ever in the Collingwood Ontario area of Canada check out the Eggsmart Restaurant, they have an awesome team!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in the art of caricature and cartoons. Gift caricatures and illustration for businesses are very popular and can be an effective way to get your message out to clients. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or book them for your next project visit their website at

“March 29, 2017-Failure to Success Through Art” with Bruce Outridge

The Oakville Arts Council and their Creative Connections Program is presenting “Failure to Success Through Art” by artist Bruce Outridge. Bruce will give an overview of his career and how he got into caricature art building it up to the full time venture it is today! The public is welcome and seating is limited so it is best to register early if attending.

“Failure to Success Through Art” with Bruce Outridge

Creative Connections-Oakville Arts Council
Wednesday March 29, 2017 / 7:00pm-8:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON, L6L 2G6


Contact: PHONE: (905) 815-5977 | EMAIL: ARTSCOUNCIL@OAKVILLE.CA  


About the Speaker

Bruce Outridge is a professional artist, published author, business consultant, and leadership speaker. Over his life Bruce has gone from high school drop out to successful entrepreneur. Bruce is available to speak at conferences, workshops, seminars and more. To learn more about Bruce’s presentations or to book him to speak to your group please visit his website at

Keep Drawing On Your Notebook Presentation Highlight

Last week I was asked to talk cartooning at the Grimsby Public Library as part of their Artists and Authors presentation schedule. Below is a highlight of part of the presentation. Thank you Grimsby Library for having me out. The presentation offers an overview of how I built my art business and motivation to keep moving forward for those looking to improve their art careers.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist from Southern Ontario offering talks to groups that have a focus on leadership, business, or the arts. To book Bruce for your event or learn more about the artist visit his website at or email to view other speaking topics by Bruce please visit his website