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How to draw funny cartoons e-zine, Issue #001 -- teaser here
August 01, 2008

Learn how to sell your art!

Would you like to work at home? To share your knowledge about your passion? Learn how you can start your own online business and build a website about your passion!

Learn how my website got to the top 1% of all websites in the world (in 3 little months) and how YOU could do the same!


Welcome to this first issue of how-to-draw-funny-cartoons e-zine! I would like to thank you for taking the time for subscribing to my newsletter. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have fun writing it!


Martin Bérubé


1. You don't know how to use photoshop? Is it too expensive for you? How about one that is free AND online! Read this first of several reviews about online image editing software. All free!

2. Promoting your drawings. How to use micro stock photography agencies to sell your work!

3. What's new on how-to-draw-funny-cartoons?

1. How about a free online image editing software?

There are many web-based free image editing software online right now. Picnik is one of them. The basic edition is free. You can use it without registration. Of course, it will never replace photoshop or paint shop pro! But, if you need to make minors adjustments, this might be a great alternative. Unlike other similar products, Picnik takes you every step of the way in 4 easy steps. You upload, you edit, you create and then you save and share. So, the first step is to upload your image. I choose to upload a 600kb picture to see how Picnik would handle it.

Then, you are invited to edit your image. You can rotate, crop, re-size, change the exposure and contrast, adjust the colors, sharpen your image and correct the red eyes. You can always zoom in your image with the small tool box on the bottom right of your screen. The undo feature is also a good addition.

The next step is to create your image. You can add effects. They can range from filter like focal zoom, pencil sketch or neon to basic color adjustment. You can also add text with over 70 different fonts available. Then, you also have the possibility to add shapes to your artwork. It can be ribbons, speech bubbles, animals or little monsters. Enough for kids to have fun for hours!

Once you decide that your creation is perfect, is time to save it! You can choose a new name and change the dimension. Picnik allows you to choose from 6 different file extension: jpg, bmp, gif, png, pdf and tiff. That's it! This little software is really simple to use and the best of it is that you can use it from anywhere in the world! You can also share your image directly to myspace, flickr or facebook!

I did not test the upgrade version. But right now, this premium edition is only 24.95$ a year. I'm not sure it's a good deal, depending on how you intend to use it. The basic edition is really solid and ok for someone on the go. And, if you want to make a living as a graphic artist, then, of course, this one won't be powerful enough to meet your expectation!

Picnik is fun and a good alternative if you just want to adjust some basic elements of your pictures.

In the next issue, I will review another free online image editing software. This one is more traditional with its photoshop-like interface!

2. Sell your drawings through micro stock photography agencies!

If you already have a decent portfolio, you might want to consider selling your work through some micro stock photography agencies. Registration is free and making money can be easy if you know how to promote your images the right way.

The first thing that you should know is that in order to make interesting money, you need to upload lots of images. Some artist are able to make a nice income with a small collection of images. But usually, you need at least 300 to 500 images minimum to make a decent amount of money. That's a lot of images. But it can be done!

The first tip I could give you is to do some search on sites like fotolia, dreamstime or shutterstock. What are the most popular subjects? Forget about sunset and landscape. Those websites are full of it. Animals are usually selling well. Anything about business or finance is good too.

Once you know what subject you want to work on, find an interesting approch. Build your images (it can be a photography or an illustration) using a unique angle. Chances are that if you create an image with a never-seen-before set up, it will sell more (if your idea is original and can be use for something practical). Think like your customers if you need more ideas. What are they looking for? And how can you provide it to them?

Once you nail down your perfect concept, create as many images as you can without being repetitive. If you want to draw a guy and a girl working in an office, just draw them from every position/situation/angle possible. It's the key for selling lots of images.

In the next issue, I will tell you how to render your images to get the maximum out of them. Also, what keyword should you choose? How do you put a description to attract visitors!

3. What's new on how-to-draw-funny-cartoons?

Finally! The new template of my website is now available! The old one was cool but this one is really more enjoyable to the eyes in my opinion. Easier for the visitors to read!

A new section has been added. THis section deals with miscellaneous objects or characters that did not fit in other categories.

You can also see who is the man behind how-to-draw-funny-cartoons! Just read my small "Who am I" page to find a little bit more about me!

I hope you enjoy this first issue of my e-zine and I hope you are looking forward for the next issue!

Happy drawing!

Martin Bérubé

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