Toonsie Roll: A FREE Caricaturing App for the Pro in everyone!

Toonsie Roll for your iPhone/iPad is available as a FREE download on the App Store.

 

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

Toonsie Roll – Toon ’em All

Toonsie Roll is an intuitive Caricature Maker for iPhone and iPad. It enables you to create funny, cute, and expressive caricatures simply by tapping. Use an existing photo or snap a new one using your device camera and watch it transform into multiple caricatures. Select the one you like, add some cool effects, sign your creation, add a smart emoji, write a funny caption, and share your artwork with your friends using email or social networking.

Experience this magical creation of caricatures – watch it happen in just a few minutes!

Here are some Toonsie Roll Caricatures:

Caricature Barack Obama - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature Angela Markel - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature David Cameron - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad

President Barack Obama

Chancellor Angela Merkel

UK’s PM David Cameron

Caricature Brad Pitt - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature Steve Carell - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature Justin Bieber - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad

Brad Pitt in Troy

Steve Carell

Justin Bieber

Caricature Sarah Palin - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature Mona Lisa - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad Caricature Shahrukh Khan - Caricature Created using Toonsie Roll App - A Free Caricatures/Cartoons maker iOS App for iPhone and iPad

Sarah Palin

Mona Lisa

Shahrukh “King” Khan

Toonsie Roll for your iPhone/iPad is available as a FREE download on the App Store.

 

Features of Toonsie Roll:

  • Create expressive caricatures intuitively.
  • Import a picture from your photo-album or take one using the camera.
  • Toonify to create as many toons from it as you like.
  • Select a toon that you like and toonify it more, refining the expressions and exaggerating the features to make it look even funnier.
  • Artify your final caricature by applying twenty artistic effects, either individually or in combination.
  • ToonsieRoll generates a classy caricature that you can jazz up with:
    • 75+ Emojis and badges
    • Your own signature or motif (that you write/draw on a little canvas.)
    • A Caption to add more wit and humor to the caricature
  • Share your creations (caricatures, cartoons, avatars) on your favorite social network (FB, Twitter, Flickr etc.), email it to your friends, or save it to your photo albums.

Read more about How to Create Caricatures using Toonsie Roll here.

Toonsie Roll’s User Interface – App Icon & Screens

Icon Toonsie Roll - Caricature App for iPhone and iPad - create funny caricatures of everyone - Toon 'em all! Toonsie Roll - A Free Caricature Maker App for iPhone and iPad that lets you create expressive caricatures by observing and tapping.

Game Icon

Opening Screen

 

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

Get A Picture Screen

Toonify Screen

 

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

Artify Screen

Personalize & Share Screen

Read more about How to Create Caricatures using Toonsie Roll here.

 

Toonsie Roll Updates – During the Development Phase.

(I am retaining the following content as it is related to the development phase of Toonsie Roll. I’d like to thank everyone who wrote in to provide helpful insights. )

 

Toonsie Roll Caricature maker app on App Store for iOS (iPhone/ipad - universal) for creating cute and funny caricatures.

Toonsie Roll – A Free Caricaturing App for the Fun-loving Comedian hidden inside you 🙂

 

 

Tooning is Awesome!Toonsie Roll - A realistic, intuitive, caricaturing app for iPhone and iPad.

  • Tooning is fun! (You know it and I know it – pushing and pulling and twisting and turning those features is truck-loads of fun.)
  • Tooning is cool! (Caricatures are fashionable today. I should know with the number of inquiries that land in my inbox.)
  • Tooning is harmless (No Jagged Edges, no violence, just some humor and some wit.)
  • Tooning can help you relieve your stress! (Ah, the feeling that you get when you toon your class-bully or your boss – it cannot be explained, only experienced.)
    Tooning is…

well, go on. Add your own thing 🙂 The point is Tooning is simply awesome!

So where’s the problem?

Well.

Tooning requires a certain skill, and it’s called drawing 😦 There are some caricaturing apps out there that detect faces and apply some uniform deformation to the face for you – but it isn’t a true caricature.

Why?

If you’ve read my book “Evolution of a Caricaturist-How to Draw Caricatures”, you know that caricaturing is about observing people and deciding upon a few features and their exaggerations. Most of us are excellent at figuring out what is comic and what is not, which image of a certain person looks more like him or her, and so on. When this decision-making is taken away from us and given to a software program, we get canned deformations and not caricatures…certainly not caricatures that are done by us. For me, as a caricaturist, it was important that the decision-making stayed with the user – and this got me thinking.

How was this App Born?

As the Visualizer of the Grouchy Gremlins team and a practicing caricaturist, I often played with the concept of separating the mechanical part of caricaturing (drawing) from the cognitive and artistic part of it (observation and intuition.) What if we could let the computer do what it did best, and left all the artistic decision-making to the user? Could we then have an app that could team up with the user to help him or her create funny and expressive caricatures with sufficient likeness?

Some hectic programming ensued and we got the Proof-of-Concept done. I tested it by making innumerable caricatures – and the results were always extremely encouraging. Next we prototyped – and realized that it was actually possible to bring the fun of caricaturing faces to everyone’s finger-tips. True that you won’t create a whole composition using this app – you won’t change a photo from a jousting match into this scene of a Governor’s Joust – but if you want to caricature for fun…and enjoy the process too, we think we’ve nailed it for you 🙂 (Here’s a caricature that I did of David Cameron as part of the Beta-testing of Toonsie Roll.)

And then we even tried taking it beyond. We didn’t want to stop at just caricaturing faces, but  we wanted to embellish them with wit and emojis that are custom-made to suit the art of caricature, present it as an actual work of art, and share it with friends.

Yes, it is the best Caricaturing App for tooning-enthusiasts 🙂

I am very happy to announce the birth of this caricaturing app, which will become available on the App Store in a couple of weeks. If you are interested in hearing more about the app and reading my app-tutorials for it, please use the following contact form to connect.

Caricature Samples Done Using Toonsie Roll :

This is an evolving section. I’ll continue to update it as I keep testing Toonsie Roll (See? Testing an app could loads of fun.)

(As the user of Toonsie Roll, you decide upon the right exaggeration (which doesn’t kill the likeness) by intuitively selecting one of the three toons that it presents to you – then you choose the closest toon, and toon it further, once again getting three toons from the earlier toon. The exaggerations are calibrated to ensure that the image changes little by little – enabling you to go on caricaturing until you find an optimum level.)

 

Toonsie Roll Caricature of President Barack Obama - admiring his own Caricature. Caricature App for iPhone and iPad.

Barack Obama’s “Toonsie Roll” Caricature.

 

(In this caricature of Obama, you see an expression of amusement mixed with the “oh, no. Not again!” factor. The final artwork has been “Artified” to give it a slightly vintage look. There are many different looks that you can create with Toonsie Roll. Once you start using the app, I plan to add a few tutorials on how to create different looks using the app.)

 

Toonsie Roll Caricature of Kim Kardashian - North and West. Caricature App for iPhone and iPad.

Kim Kardashian’s “Toonsie Roll” Caricature.

(I didn’t really want to toon the most famous Kardashian sister (you won’t find her painting on my blog) but I was sorta brow-beaten into creating this one. Among the options that Toonsie Roll presented, there were many that made her look totally hilarious – but when it comes to caricaturing women, I like to stay safe and not tread upon their vanity, so I stayed with caricaturing her high cheek-bones (that are way to high) and her lips and pout. The look that you see here is the “Newspaper” effect, but I love playing with “Random” so I played around to create this old-idiot-box look. Do check out the caption – “North or West?” I don’t think she loses any sleep thinking about how she’d be naming her next two kids. Any guesses?)

Toonsie Roll Caricature of David Cameron, British Prime Minister. Caricature App for iPhone and iPad.

David Cameron’s “Toonsie Roll” Caricature.

Read more about this Toonsie Roll caricature of David Cameron here.

2 comments on “Toonsie Roll: A FREE Caricaturing App for the Pro in everyone!

  1. Please provide Toonsie Roll in the Android App Store. There are 4 times the number of Android devices compared to iOS devices. There crossed 1 billion Android devices in 2013.

    • Hi Dan,
      Thanks for writing. You are absolutely right about the Android Store. We too hope to roll it out on the Android platform in the near future. Whenever it happens, I’ll be announcing it here. In the meantime, if any of your friends have an iPhone or an iPad, you may want to try it out on theirs.
      Best,
      Shafali

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