How to Create Cool Caricatures Using the Toonsie Roll Caricature App.

UPDATE:

Toonsie Roll is available on the App Store as a FREE download 

It’s almost here! Toonsie Roll debuts on the App Store this Saturday…on November 22, 2014! So when you wake up this Saturday, checkout the App Store and download the smartest Caricaturing App (I’ve worked really hard to make this app as intuitive as possible, so please forgive the vanity ☺)

Toonsie Roll - Caricature App for iPhone and iPad - create funny caricatures of everyone - Toon 'em all!

Toonsie Roll – Toon ’em All!

 

If you think you might forget, and you’d like to put me to the task of reminding you, please use the contact form on this page, and I’ll send you an email with the App Store download URL.

Without mincing any words, Toonsie Roll is an app that helps you intuitively create cool caricatures from photographs!

For the experimental reader of my blog, here’s the process in a nutshell.

Just get a picture in Toonsie Roll (shoot from your camera or import from your Albums,) crop it to center the face (give the face about 1/3 to 2/3 space in the picture,) and hit “Toonify.” Toonsie Roll Toonifies the picture and presents you with 3 toonified options. You’ll intuitively know which one’s the best. If you like one – tap that toon; if you don’t, then tap the “More” button to get more options. When you tap a toon, Toonsie Roll takes it as the picture that you now want to toonify further, and then presents three more options based on the selected toon. This is how you continue – until of course, you are done with tooning, and you finalize the image to “Artify.”

And now, for my details-oriented audience, here is the process – Step by Step, screen-by-screen!

Download Toonsie Roll to you iPhone or iPad and tap the icon to open it. (Don’t rap me on the knuckles for being cheeky. You wanted it step by step!)

You get the following Opening Screen.

Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

 

Just tap anywhere to load the “Get a Picture” screen, shown below.

You can get a picture into Toonsie Roll by either importing from “Photos” or by shooting one then and there, using your device camera. (The second option is pretty useful when someone in your group is being a real nutcase.)

Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

Now move and adjust that red-rectangle on the image to select the face. It’s a good idea to keep the face centered (you get interesting results by being off-center, but when you are starting, it’s a good idea to stayed centered.) Also, let the face occupy about one-third to two-third of the final cropped image area.

When you are satisfied, hit the Toonify button to arrive on the “Toonify” screen, which is shown below.

 

Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

 

This is the screen where you get to play around with different possibilities. The original image is at the top-left corner (Selected Picture). The other three are the Toons that Toonsie Roll has generated. If you aren’t satisfied with any of them, tap the “More” button. If you like any of the three toons then select the one that’s closest in likeness to the original subject, and one which you’d like to caricature some more by tapping the face in the toon. You’ll see that the tapped toon moves to the top-left and replaces the original and now becomes the Selected Picture. Now this picture becomes the image to be toonified further.

As all of us have been blessed with the intuitive ability to determine likeness (whether the caricature looks like it belongs to the subject) and funniness (whether the caricature/joke/situation looks funny or not,) just by tapping, selecting, and tooning, we can create cool looking caricatures.

When you are satisfied with one of the toons, tap the green tick on that toon to finalize it. When you hit the tick mark, you get the chance to crop the image once again (if you’d like to) and then you arrive at the following “Artify” screen where you can enhance your artwork with 20 artistic effects.

Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

I’ll be posting a separate tutorial on how these effects can be used individually or one-after-the-other to create interesting artistic effects. At this point, my recommendation is, “play with the effects.”

When you are done…tap the “Personalize & Share” button at the bottom of the “Artify” screen, to arrive at the following “Personalize & Share” screen.
On this screen you are presented with a photo of your toon.

Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

On this screen you see three ways to personalize your creation.
Sign your creation (Actually write/draw your unique signature – all great artists sign their work.)
Add an emoji (from a cool collection of 75 emojis.)
Add a witty caption to your artwork (In the above screen, “You know you are famous when the Internet explodes with your caricatures,” is the caption added by the artist.)

Once you are done with personalizing the artwork, tap the “Share Your Creation,” button and share your artwork on a social network – Facebook/Twitter etc. of your choice, save it to your iPad/iPhone, or email it 🙂

So the countdown has begun…and we are all set to become Toonsie Rollers on November 22 🙂

UPDATE: Toonsie Roll is now available for download on the App Store

 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas with the Colorful Artworks of “Bigsaw Xmas”

My Dear Visitors,

Let me share with you my favorite Art Assignment ever 🙂

It’s Bigsaw Xmas! It’s got Santa, Santa’s elves, Snowman, Snowmom, Reindeers (Rudolph too,) Snow, Pets, Holly, Mistletoe, and everything else that just builds the festive mood.

If you like picture-puzzles don’t think twice – just go to the App Store, find Bigsaw Xmas and download it into your iPad…and the biggest news ever? You don’t have to pay to play…rather you can play to pay and open all the puzzles in the game!

BIGSAW is perhaps one of the most exciting picture puzzle ever – and if you haven’t already discovered it, here’s the link for you to download it FREE for your iPad on the Apple App Store.

Bigsaw Xmas - Go Beyond Jigsaw - Icon.

FREE Download

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bigsaw-xmas-go-beyond-jigsaw/id769951884?mt=8

Bigsaw Xmas - This Christmas Go Beyond Jigsaw and Experience a new Addicting Gameplay in a Picture-Puzzle!

Here’s a Screenshot from my iPad…

Bigsaw Xmas - Screenshot - Snowmom and Snowson - A New Kind of Jigsaw for Picture Puzzle Lovers

I’d like to thank everyone who motivated me to create these illustrations. I think they are some of my favorite artworks. Oh, and if you liked these, you can find more colorful illustrations for kids in Bigsaw Classic and Bigsaw Designer.

Bigsaw Classic - Go Beyond Jigsaw - Free Download for iPad on the App Store.

Bigsaw Classic – Download Free on your iPad – Play and Open all Pictures!

Icon Bigsaw Designer - Go Beyond Jigsaw - A Picture Puzzle Creator App.

Bigsaw Designer – Create and Manage up to 100 Bigsaw Albums with up to 10,000 custom picture puzzles!

While Bigsaw Classic offers you 64 picture-puzzles that you can open by playing and earning Bigsaw Coins, Bigsaw Designer doesn’t just offer 100 pictures in 10 Bigsaw Albums (one of them is for kids and another comprises caricatures) it gives you awe-inspiring ability to create and manage 100 custom albums that can contain 10,000 images of your own!

If you are a Photographer, I heartily recommend Bigsaw Designer to you. Make your photographs/artworks interactive and play with them.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

The Caricaturist colors herself in a different hue and Illustrates for Kids :)

My friends in Cyberland,

I’ve been MIA because I was caught up in something new.

You know that this caricaturist wasn’t into illustrating for kids. In fact, until about a couple of months ago, she’d was over-awed by anyone who drew for kids. Using solid colors and simple lines to create a character or a place that would draw the kids (and their moms, of course,) into a story, appeared to be magical to me.

Then Bigsaw happened. First there was Bigsaw Designer and then Bigsaw Classic…and for both these wonderful picture-puzzle collections, I was called upon to create Albums for Kids. Granted that only one the many albums in each had pictures of kids, but I ended up creating 18 artworks in all. I felt blessed, because I could let my imagination go places where it hadn’t been before. I just let myself slip into the past and become the little girl that loved picture-books. What I saw from that little girl’s eyes, magically and almost effortlessly began to form on paper. Among the first ones to appear on the pages of my sketchbook was a snake mom coiled about a branch to form a swing for her little’uns, a pencil getting a haircut in a saloon with the sharpener having shaved off the lead, and a goldfish giving math lessons to little goldies in a fish bowl.

After I had sketched for a few days, I had about 40 ideas ready to be colored. I randomly picked eighteen of them, inked them in, and colored them up…hoping that they’d look good. However, the response that I got totally swept me off my feet. I was told that they looked really really good, and that kids loved them too.

Believe it or not, I’m still having a hard time accepting that I can draw for kids. I’m thrilled to be illustrating for kids because these illustrations are so full of happiness, innocence, and…colors.

So friends, that’s where I’ve been – in the beautiful fantastical world that exists in a child’s imagination.

I’ll shortly be sharing some of these pictures with you, but if you are in a hurry and you want to check them out now, download any of the Bigsaws for iPad and checkout the Kids Albums.

Love Picture Puzzles? Own an iPad? Check out Bigsaw and go Beyond Jigsaw!

Updated – Nov 7, 2013

Bigsaw  Star Rating on the US App Store!

Bigsaw  wins American hearts and garners a 4.5 star rating on the US App Store in first five days!

Download Bigsaw on the App Store here.
(
Ratings and Reviews are visible only on the US App Store.)

(If you live in another country, like picture-puzzles, and have access to an iPad – download Bigsaw FREE, experience it, and please leave a rating and/or a review 🙂 Experience a new kind of Jigsaw puzzle.)

Thanks!

If you love picture-puzzles and if you own an iPad, here’s a Picture-Puzzle App that doesn’t just have pictures for you to play with, it also allows you to store up to 10,000 custom picture-puzzles in 100 custom-albums that you can create and manage – thus, becoming your forever picture-puzzle maker!

The download is FREE, so why don’t you check it out yourself:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bigsaw-designer-go-beyond/id717653069?ls=1&mt=8

For ease of recall, here’s the icon:

Icon Bigsaw Designer - Go Beyond Jigsaw - A Picture Puzzle Creator App.

Bigsaw Designer – Go Beyond Jigsaw

What’s in here?

  • An Innovative tap-based gameplay for a Picture-puzzle that adds that extra-thrill in picture-building.
  • 10 Bigsaw Albums with 10 pictures each = Total 100 pictures of which there are 20 FREE pictures for you to play with. (Note that the pictures in the Caricatures album are by this caricaturist…so if you like my caricatures – find 10 of them in Bigsaw Designer :-))
  • The ability to create, name, password-protect, and manage your own albums.
  • The ability to import any picture (sources: camera, Internet, email) into the App and save it into a custom album to play with later! Stash’em away!
  • 10,000 picture-puzzles would mean that you could save 3 pictures every day for a whole year, and then when you got bored with a picture or an entire album, you could delete the picture/album and get more new pictures!

Now I leave you with the download link  – check it out to see if it really is the coolest picture-puzzle app out there.

There’s also a Facebook page for the puzzle. You can visit it here.

Here’s the screenshot of a puzzle from my own Hillary Clinton caricature …half-way through.

Bigsaw Designer Picture Puzzle Screenshot with Hillary Clinton's Caricature.

Bigsaw Designer Picture Puzzle Screenshot with Hillary Clinton’s Caricature.

Game Features?! Check this out.

Bigsaw Design - Go Beyond Jigsaw - Game Features

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Wish you a very Happy Diwali 🙂