Announcing: The Cartooning Course: Registrations Open!

How To Cope When Every Product/Service Launch Is Scary

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The registration for the DaVinci Cartoon Course begins!

The proof, they say,  is in the pudding

And this pudding (the Da Vinci Course) has been proven to be amazing to turn anyone, yes anyone, into a solid cartoonist. For the past 4 years, the Cartooning Course has been turning “people who can’t draw a straight line” into amazing cartoonists. If you’ve ever wanted to illustrate your own books, ebooks, or even your blog, this is the opportunity.

Judge for yourself
This course is pretty life-changing. So don’t wonder if it’s a good idea. It is! If you want to sign up now
http://www.psychotactics.com/davinci

 

Warm regards,
s-

P.P.S. :) Just me smiling and waving. :) And yes, sorry for the barrage of emails on the weekend, but too many courses started up all at once.


How to write 200 brilliant headlines (and draw fabulous cartoons as well)

Announcing: The Headline and the Cartooning Course 2012
Yes, both courses start up in July 2012.
But not together.

Course No.1: The headline course (6 Weeks)
If you’ve ever needed to write headlines, you know what a pain it is.
Then of course, some genius marketer tells you that you have to write
200 headlines to get one great headline.

But what if you could write 200 headlines brilliantly?
And what if you could do them in a fraction of the time? And what if your
headline could then attract customers, just like you intended? And if all of that
sounds too hypey, well I admit it. It does.

But you’ll find out for yourself that you can write headlines as easily as you
can write an email. Just as you can write 10 lines in an email, you can turn
out 10 brilliant headlines—and guarantee that every single one is a winner.
Sounds hard to believe? There’s a link below, of course, but first just a little
description of the cartooning course.

Course No.2: The DaVinci Cartooning Course (3-6 months)
In 2010, I started a blog on the ‘myth of talent’. Well, most people disagreed
with me. They believed talent was inborn. And that’s rubbish. But it’s one thing
to say it’s rubbish and quite another to prove it.

So we decided to start a cartooning course to prove once and for all two facts:
a) That anyone can draw exceedingly well.
b) That you don’t need 10,000 hours. In 6 months, you can amaze your friends,
relatives and clients. And you can start doing your own cartoons, thus saving a bundle in clip art.

So what is the qualification?: You don’t need to know drawing at all.
In fact, if you are pretty hopeless at any kind of drawing, in barely six months
the results are astounding. Did I say astounding? Yes, I did. But you’ll want to
see all of it for yourself (again the link is below).

A little bit about our courses and then you can see the links:
1) The courses are not cheap. But the results are amazing.
2) The courses fill up incredibly quickly. Sometimes in 24 hours, often in under an hour.

But judge for yourself. (Click on the links)
Headlines Course: How Do You Write Headlines That Get Greater Click-Throughs Every Single Time?
Cartoon Course: Wouldn’t you like to draw cartoons to liven up your website, blog or presentations?

 

Warm regards from sheep-country,
-Sean
P.S. The headlines course was last held in the year 2010. And so far, the cartooning
course has been held every year, but because we’re so busy, there’s a good chance
that these courses may not be held again until 2014. So if you’re hesitating, that’s your
little nudge. :)

P.P.S. See the results for yourself on the pages above. And yes, for all our courses
5000bc members do get first preference. For some courses like the copywriting course
and the article writing course, non-members never even get the chance to apply. So
check out the page. And no it’s not a marketing ploy, if you see that the course is already filled.

Most of our courses fill up faster than pretty much anything you see on the Internet
simply because of one factor: small increments. You learn through tiny, itty-bitty steps.
And that’s what creates amazing results. Because we promise amazing results, our
courses fill up incredibly quickly. Have a look at the detailed testimonials. And decide for yourself.

P.P.P.S. Can you do both courses together? Yes, you can, but you’ll need at least
2 hours daily. Yes, every day. Our courses require you to be there 6 days a week.
If you want to play catch up, it’s better not to apply. Diligence and daily work is what’s
expected of you. But should you make it to the course, you’ll be hooked, because it’s
a course like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

The links again:
Headlines Course: How Do You Write Headlines That Get Greater Click-Throughs Every Single Time?
Cartoon Course: Wouldn’t you like to draw cartoons to liven up your website, blog or presentations?


Early Bloggers

When did blogging begin? Earlier than you think!

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P.S. Also winners for the Bat Cartoon Contest. And the winner is: Justin + a consolation prize for KC Ramsay!


Clueless Cartoon: iPhone Dead?

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So my iPhone didn’t exactly die. It just ran out of power.

Apparently dropping it didn’t help because it blew up some stuff in the iPhone. I know, I know. It’s just a phone. But I was distraught. After all I use the iPhone for almost everything but a phone. I use it to learn Japanese and Spanish on my walk. I use it to take dozens of photos. I upload stuff to Facebook via the iPhone. All my recipes—yeah you got it—on the iPhone. And my reminders—ooh the list goes on. So anyway I posted on Facebook about my, um, problem and got at least a dozen responses.

And one of them was from Shaun Robert Connell (thanks, Shaun—ooh, nice name) who came up with this punch line “First World Problems”. It was too good a line to get buried in Facebook. So I decide to immortalise it a bit :)

There you have it. The full story.

Am I still distraught? No, because I followed up and hounded the repair shop until it was fixed. I picked up the iPhone at 7:30pm last night. Yes, about an hour and thirty minutes after they were supposed to close for the day.

And we all live happily ever after. Till the next iPhone incident ‘ruins my life’ ;)

Do you have an iPhone story? Or just a comment on how crazy I was? Let’s hear it in the comments below.

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Bats and Coffee: Part 2 + Win A T-Shirt

Remember last week’s cartoon on ‘Why Bats Don’t Drink Coffee?’

Well, one of our subscribers Cesare Ferrari took that situation and  created a little tweak—and a punchline of his own. And it’s hilarious! Well, that means Cesare wins a t-shirt from Psychotactics. And you can win too! And you don’t even have to be a cartoonist. Just send in your punchline for the bat-cartoon (from last week) and if I like it, I’ll do a t-shirt (yeah, one of a kind) just for you! So are you up to the challenge? You have nothing to lose and a cool t-shirt to gain! So post your replies in the comments section below. May the best one win.

And here’s a link to last week’s cartoon again. What I need is a funny caption for last week’s cartoon. And yeah, post your caption below.

P.S. Note that Cesare’s cartoon changed the situation. You don’t have to change the situation at all. It just has to be a funny caption. And not even about coffee. Just something funny! So go for it!

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Here’s last week’s cartoon. Write a caption for this one! You can submit as many captions as you like. Um, don’t spam the system. It’s about quality, not quantity!


Cartoon: Why This Bat Won’t Drink Coffee

So why won’t bats drink coffee? Or rather why does this one bat avoid coffee? Here’s the answer.

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So how did I go about creating this cartoon?
It was a tricky one. I couldn’t work out what to do. And while most cartoons of this nature may take about an hour or so to draw and colour, this one took twice the time. First there was the problem of upside down characters. That’s easily solved by drawing them straight up and turning them upside down in Photoshop. But do bats keep their wings open or closed? They tend to close it, but in the interest of quickly identifying the bats, I kept them open. Well I did close the bat wing for the bat on the right. For one, it gave me a little space to get the bat closer. But it also gave me the chance to make the talkative bat a bit wider in comparison.

The key to getting attention is to have contrast.
Big shapes with smaller shapes. And though the dark background does form a bigger shape, the focus is totally on the bats. But I had to do more to get your attention to the talkative bat. So not only is he wider (yes, he’s a he) but also his eyes have a brighter shade of lemon yellow. The other bat has greyish-eyes. Well they started out yellow and then I toned it down a bit.

Then I had a bit of a head-scratcher with the speech bubble.
I played with the position a bit. Should I put the bubble below the bats? Or above? And should the text be right side up? Or upside down? And should the speech bubble be grey or stark white? The grey made the text hard to read and the upside down text was good only if you turned your monitor upside down. So there you have it.  A ton of playing around to get this effect. Oh and I loved the magenta/purple/lemon yellow combination for the bats. Really made it jump off the page.

Oh, and there was this final tweaking
At first the bats were front and centre. I moved them to the right, because front and centre is kinda boring. And there was also this bit of border that needed to be added, right next to the text that says “Coffee Conversations”. I did that in Photoshop with the stroke tool. Here are some of the images in progress, if you want to take a look (Click on the images to see a bigger image).

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This is the cartoon with the bats in the centre. And without the border at the bottom.

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Still no border, but the bats have moved to the right.


The final cartoon with the border (looks better in the big version at the top)

Time for coffee now. I ain’t a bat :)


Einstein: Before And After Coffee

Even wondered how coffee could have affected Einstein? Now you no longer have to guess ;)

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Pet Hate #359: Arm-Rest Hogs

Don’t you hate those arm-rest hogs when you fly? That’s Pet Hate #359! And what’s the punishment? Why, that’s easy. Find out for yourself. And while you’re here, post your own pet hate and punishment (and maybe it will go into the Pet Hate and Punishment Series).

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Clueless Cartoon: The Four Hour Work Week Effect

Kids, these days! They have no sense of respect, no sense of hard work. It’s all easy going for them, huh? How do they get these ideas?

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Cartoon: One Day In Junior High

Remember how we all wanted to be astronauts and teachers when we grew up? Well that hasn’t changed a lot, but there have been some changes for sure. Have a look below, and be sure to leave your comments. :)

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One Evening On Facebook

You know those evenings when you get on Facebook after work is almost done? What happens next?

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Clueless Cartoon: Um, new Linked-In Members

So Linked-In helps networking, doesn’t it? Well it does. More than you think! Enjoy!

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And yes, don’t forget to leave your comments below. You will, won’t you?
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