Meet Salvatore, Creator of “Althea’s Magic Wand”

Boost your creative powers and get ready for a good dose of inspiration with Salvatore Pastore, illustrator and artist of the first tribal TutoTOONS game “Althea’s Magic Wand”. Here he shares many tips that we hope will encourage everyone to be free, open minded and afraid of nothing! Sneak Peek at the Game Althea’s Magic Wand grabs your attention with its unique Indian topic and fun tribal adventures. Beautiful Althea and her wise grandmother Maggie invite kids to learn how to wield a magic wand. Children have to create traditional native makeup for Althea, take care of her pet Griffin, clean up a sacred land, dress up Althea in modern clothes, make delicious desserts… Watch more in the video! TutoTOONS: Hi Slavatore! First, please tell us about yourself. Salvatore: Hello! I’m Salvatore Pastore, an illustrator. Since I was born, I loved drawing my fantasies and reality around me, using colors and pens, and pencils… and, sometimes, walls at home! I’ve studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples for 5 years, where I realized how beautiful and amazing it is to work on stories (for books, games and comics) and draw them to make a beautiful work of images and animations. At the moment, I’m working as a teacher in a school in the north of Italy, in Mantova, teaching how to make comic books. And I’m also working on a comic book for a publishing project. Since I was 20 years old, I’ve been dreaming of becoming a great writer and illustrator. Finger crossed!!! What kind of video games do you like to play? Which are your favorite ones? I like to play RPG, adventure and action games. My favorite one is the Final Fantasy Saga. I LOVE IT. The stories, the characters… WOW!!! It inspired me a lot about how to write my stories and personal projects! Did you have game development experience before you started to work with TutoTOONS?  Have you ever thought that you will be creating games? No, I don’t! I didn’t have game development experiences before TutoTOONS, and I’ve never thought that I could ever do that. It was a totally surprise to me. An amazing surprise! And, after a lot of time, work and study, now I’m proud of it! That’s awesome! Let’s hear about your game. How did you come up with the game idea? Unfortunately, the game idea is not mine. I made just the graphic part. The beautiful idea was made by Miles Johnson. Great work, Miles! What was the most fun part of making this game? Uhm… maybe the characters studies. Yes, for me, this is always the most interesting and fun part of all. And what was the most challenging part? Well, maybe the animations! Making the drawings come alive was not so easy because I’ve never done it before. How much time did it take to create Althea’s Magic Wand? A lot of time, just because I was working on other projects at the same time. So, I didn’t have the time that I needed, ‘till the end. It was hard but an amazing experience too!!! What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game creation? A good personality, a strong desire to work in a team, to learn a lot of new things (always!), no fears to share and show the daily works to the team, and taking criticisms to improve in every aspect of yourself!!! Great insights! Share a few game creation tips for people who are just starting to work on their first game. If you love to draw, if you love to invent, if you love what are you working on… I can say just one thing: don’t be afraid of the things which you’ve never did before, TutoTOONS team will be always ready to help you to understand things which you don’t. So, go on! Free from any fears! ;) Are you planning to make more games with TutoTOONS? Feel free to reveal some details! Yes, why not? Yes, it needs time and dedication (as in every job) but it’s a beautiful and useful experience. Yeah, I’d like to repeat it! For sure! Describe TutoTOONS in 1 sentence. A good way to improve abilities and learn a lot of new things! Any final thoughts? Just an important advice: let’s play TutoTOONS games, guys!!! Thank you for your answers, time and energy! Let’s follow Salvatore’s advice and play Althea’s Magic Wand! Get the game here: Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.altheasmagicwand.free&hl=en App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1081839534 Amazon Appstore for Android: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BHZVLP4/

Irena’s Art Blog

Awesome blog post by Irena Gladkova where she shares the whole story (and beautiful art!) of creating Rainbow’s Magical Flower Salon, her first mobile game for kids with TutoTOONS. Read & get inspired to create your own game! :) Sneak Peek About a year ago (and some) I found out about a nifty platform called TutoTOONS. In short - if you create beautiful drawings, but programming is like martian to you, this platform lets you create and publish your own game just by dragging and dropping pretty pictures. I was excited to start drawing the flowers, and backgrounds and everything. But this was a pleasure project and I worked hard for pure pleasure and not a cent to be paid till the game is published and makes its first download and/or purchase. Having mouths to feed I had to juggle between “Drawing for pleasure” and “Drawing for food”, and it was obvious that this project will be a long run to the finish. I loved and lived for every single minute I was able to squeeze and work on my mobile game. I also had to hone my digital painting skills while drawing the actual illustration that will make my game. There were many days spent in painting something to the tiniest intricate detail, just to be discarded later. Stay tuned for the news when Rainbow’s Magical Flower Salon shows up on the app stores!

Pocket Baby Dragon Helps Kids Learn to Brush Teeth & Clean Up!

It’s been a while since we last posted a story from TutoTOONS game creators. Following up our game artist interviews, we invite you to meet Alessandro Bagatin from Milano, a designer and author of ‘Baby Dragon Tamer’! About the Game Baby Dragon Tamer is a virtual pet type of game with 8 activities for kids and toddlers. After helping baby dragon Aver hatch from the egg, children will have to take care of their new pocket friend: cook and feed, bath, dress up, clean up, exercise flying over the canyon, draw in the cave, and more! TutoTOONS: Hi, Alessandro! Tell us a little about yourself. Alessandro: Hi! I’m a designer and I studied comics at the School of Comics in Milan. I finished my studies in 1991 and worked as a freelance illustrator. In 1995, I had a very formative experience in a small animation studio, and then in 1997, I’ve worked at Animation Band on a few of TV series. I also did some character design, animation and modeling works for a few video game production studios. In these days, I’m going to start at a company that develops motor racing video games. I like movies and TV series, I love to play and watch football (soccer). My hobby is about football too - I play old, historical game Subbuteo and participate in tournaments. I am a very good player. :) Tell us more about your previous game development experience. I had some projects but only one was a game for children, an experimental project, similar to TutoTOONS. Baby Dragon Tamer is my first game with TutoTOONS. What was the most fun part of making Baby Dragon Tamer? The fun part of this project was participating in a community and exchanging ideas and tips with people from various places in the world. And what was the most challenging? In the final part of the project, it took a lot of time to produce marketing materials. What was the most important thing for you when you were creating this game? In my case, I appreciated the support of my team leader Robert Menegus from S. Francisco, he was very sympathetic. What do you think kids can learn from Baby Dragon Tamer? In this game, I think that children can learn to rearrange their room and clean their teeth. :) Are you planning to make more games with TutoTOONS? It depends on my new job! I’m thinking about a game… But at this moment, I don’t have enough time, maybe I can draw a storyboard… We will see. Describe TutoTOONS in 1 sentence. Interesting experience. Thank you! If you have kids around who love dragons and dinosaurs, surprise them with Baby Dragon Tamer game! Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.babydragontamer.free App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1059667380 Amazon Appstore for Android: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0183LIV3A/

November Newsletter Is Out!

Hello TutoTOONS friends! Getting ready for holidays and celebrations in advance is very important for many businesses, right? Gaming industry is not an exception. Halloween is over, time to start crafting your Christmas game! And the best part is - we’ve added some very cool new features that will make it even more special! Read more: http://eepurl.com/bEnWIX Subscribe: http://tutotoons.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8fb368af3f44aecab4027a6e0&id=bb337146d1 Past issues: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=8fb368af3f44aecab4027a6e0&id=bb337146d1

Level Up Brings A Dozen Owls!

This week we invited artists and illustrators to transform TutoTOONS owl into a character of their choice. Let’s see what they invented! Cute Gnome Owl by Oksana from Odessa, Ukraine You can see more of Oksana’s artwork on Behance. Did you know that she has already made two games with TutoTOONS? Read more about it here. Captain Owl by Susana from Las Vegas, USA TutoTOONS owl is one of the Avengers, awesome! Check out Susana’s website for more of her creations! Sweet Baby Owl by Lucilla from Rome, Italy So adorable! You may know Lucilla from our previous Level Up, see what shew drew last week! Harry Potter Owl by Melissa from Colombia Check out more of Melissa’s artwork on DeviantArt! Vampire Owl by Natalia from Kiev, Ukraine Very expressive and perfect for Halloween! See more illustrations by Natalia here. Cyborg Owl by Deividas from Lithuania TutoTOONS game builder developer Deividas can both code and draw, and here’s a proof! Owls by TutoTOONS Artists Jimi Hendrix Owl   Pirate Owl   Girly Owls Marilyn Monroe Owls (Marilyn Monrowl :))   Santa Owl   Crazy Owl We are very happy to see that more artists join TutoTOONS Level Up! Thank you all participants for your wonderful illustrations! Follow the news on our blog, Facebook and Twitter - more Level Ups are coming!

Sneak Peek at ‘Funny Halloween Party’ with Its Creator

It’s almost Halloween so no wonder we invite you to meet Anna Warenik-Gabbiani, artist of Funny Halloween Party game for kids! About the Game Funny Halloween Party takes kids to mysterious Willow Lane where they help Sarah, Amy and their green monster friend prepare for the night’s festivities. Spooky nail art, Halloween makeup, costumes, pumpkin carving, trick or treating - this game combines all Halloween traditions!   TutoTOONS: Hi Anna, tell us about yourself. Anna: Hi! I’m from Poland but I work as a graphic / visual designer in Milan. I did my Master’s degree in Graphic Design - Visual Arts and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland. I’ve also studied Visual Arts at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy, where I live. I really like to create children’s illustrations. It’s my big passion. My son is my inspiration for creating new illustrations. I am very interested in illustration, fashion, pattern design, graphic design, advertising, art, product and design. Visit Anna’s blog to see her artwork. Here are some samples: Did you have game creation experience before you started to work with TutoTOONS? This is my first game ever. How did you come up with your game idea? Halloween was coming so it was good to use this time period. What was the most fun part of making Funny Halloween Party? Seeing how my illustrations start to move. And what was most challenging? Learning how to use the software. How much time did it take to create the whole game? First I had to create the characters and than the backgrounds, and then to make them move. With support from TutoTOONS, it took more than a month to create a game. What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game development? Making good illustrations and being well organized. Share a tip for people new at TutoTOONS. Be quick to modify the illustrations. Are you planning to make more games with TutoTOONS? Yes, I would like that. Describe TutoTOONS in 1 sentence. Well organized. Any final thoughts? Great experience. Thank you! Download and play Funny Halloween Party! Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.funnyhalloweenparty1.free App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1048584073 Amazon Appstore for Android: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016DR6T94/

New Level Up: Create Your Own TutoTOONS Owl!

Our team of artists is starting a new week with Level Up and we invite everyone to join and draw together!  The task is to turn TutoTOONS owl into any character / persona you want​. Original TutoTOONS owl: Superhero owl​, ​Halloween owl​, ​cute baby owl​ - it’s up to your fantasy. Sketch and draw using any technique, style and tools - anything you choose and like the most. Remember that you should spend only 1 hour on creating your own TutoTOONS owl for Level Up. We are waiting for your works at support@tutotoons.com until October 29, Thursday, 9AM, LT time. Don’t forget to write your name, portfolio link, city and country. Here are some examples: Good luck!