Meet Daria, Creator of Doll House Games

“Doll House Cleanup” keeps its position in TutoTOONS monthly top artist list since it was published. High time to meet the artist of this game - Daria Petrova! Started as a freelancer, now she is creating games on her own. Sneak Peek at the Game Doll House Cleanup is a game for girls that turns simple daily chores into a fun play time. Little girl Aria and her puppy Toby will help kids learn how to keep things tidy, clean up the room, make the bed, organize toys, take care of others and help the parents at home. Watch more in the video! TutoTOONS: Hi Daria! Tell us a little about yourself. Daria: Hi! I’m a graphic designer from Russia. My specialty is an economist but I always dreamed to be an artist. The fact that I am working with kids’ industry makes me very happy and I hope makes my players happy too. :) What about your game development experience, did you have some before TutoTOONS? I’ve never had any game developing experience before but I’ve been working in children industry for about 8 years so it makes the process a bit easier. Now tell us about your games. How do you come up with game ideas? What inspires you? Well, as for the first Doll House game, it was a freelancer contract, so the game idea wasn’t mine. But it was a great experience and I’m very thankful to TutoTOONS for this opportunity. This world of kids games that I discovered with TutoTOONS is really amazing and fun! Doll House Cleanup is a cleaning game for the littlest girls created in a cute and bright way to bring fun time for the little players. Now we are finishing a new Doll House version and this time I chose the game topics myself, with a big support from the TutoTOONS team. What I can say about game ideas - the first and the most important thing you have to do is to clearly understand what your players need the most. I get inspired by many things: successful TutoTOONS games like Sweet Baby Girl series, Disney movies, Behance artworks and many many other things. Disney inspires us too, we even have a Disney quote on the wall in our meeting room. What is the most fun part of creating games? The best part is when after rough sketches you can see the final result and suddenly your game and characters start to live their own life! That’s true! And what is the most challenging for you in game creation process? To realise what your players need and to create a cool game idea! Also, to create marketing materials that will express your game idea to the fullest. How long do you usually create one game? Do you work on your own or does someone help you with your games? It’s hard to calculate but it takes quite lot of time. I had a good support from the TutoTOONS team and sometimes I also ask advice from my family and friends. What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game development? Idea and enjoying working! Share a few game creation tips with people who are just starting to create their first game. Learn and gain experience from other successful games and artists, stay with the things you love and can do the best but always think about what your players need. Always try to create beautiful, joyful and funny little world in your games! Nice! Are you planning to make more games with TutoTOONS? Feel free to reveal some details! Sure! I have many ideas! Probably it will be a cute and glamourous dress up game. Sounds like something our players really love. How would you describe TutoTOONS in 1 sentence? Fun and easy game platform for everyone. Any final thoughts? Just thank you! Thank you! Time to play! Help little Aria and her dog Toby clean up the doll house! Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.dollhousecleanupdecoration.free App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1074616201 Amazon Appstore for Android: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ALEXJ3O/

Sweet Little Emma Has 1M Downloads!

When the first Sweet Little Emma game showed up, we knew that this little girl will have a place in the hearts of many kids all over the world. Now we are thrilled to share the exciting news - Sweet Little Emma just crossed her first MILLION game downloads! Celebrate with Sweet Little Emma and get her newest game - Sweet Little Emma Lovely Pony: Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.sweetlittleemmalovelypony.free App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1115099795 Amazon Appstore for Android: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FW9S992/ Follow new adventures of Sweet Little Emma on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

Meet Weronika, Creator of “Fairy Donuts”

Presenting you our short and sweet interview with Weronika Chojna, artist and author of doughnut making game for kids “Fairy Donuts Make & Bake”. Sneak Peek at the Game Fairy Donuts Make & Bake invites kids to learn how to make and decorate delicious donuts in a magical fairy cloud castle, doughnut van and doughnut factory. Watch more in the video! TutoTOONS: Hi, Weronika! Tell us something about yourself. Weronika: Hi! I live in Poland, I am 20 years old and I’m drawing for about 6 years now. I treat it more like a hobby than my job. And what about game creation - did you have game development experience before starting to work with us? I did not have any experience with game development. Working with TutoTOONS was my first project like that. What’s your game about? I was creating a game about making donuts. In this game, the player can create sweets in various ways and decorate them as he or she likes. What was the most fun part of the whole game making process? I love creating characters, so I had a lot of fun designing the girls and their pets. And what was the most challenging when creating your first game? I think that the most challenging part was making all the final details. It was quite hard to create all scenes perfectly. How much time did it take to create this game? I was working with this game for about 3 months. But it was not a full-time job. I also had a few little breaks in the meanwhile. What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game development? I think that the most important thing in game creation is knowledge about game builder possibilities. If you know how you can use the program and what effect you want to achieve, you can do almost everything. If you had to give a tip for those who just started creating their first game with TutoTOONS, what would be? Be patient. Even if things do not go right, you cannot just give up. Take a small break, and try again. Also, do not be afraid of trying new things. Not everything may be achieved but it is always good to try. Do you plan to make more games with TutoTOONS? Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to take another project with TutoTOONS now but maybe in the future I will make more games. Describe TutoTOONS in one sentence. TutoTOONS is created to bring the joy for all children and make them happy with their games. :) Nice! Any final thoughts? I am really happy about being able to work with TutoTOONS. I have more experience now and I learned a lot of new things. Thanks you for your answers! Time to make and bake yummy & magical “Fairy Donuts”! Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.fairydonutsmakebake.free App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1060066650 Amazon Appstore for Android: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0185VVZR2

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!

Meet Levina, the Creator of “Cooking Mania” Game

Meet one of the youngest TutoTOONS game artists - Levina Wiana! For the past several months, she has been working on four different restaurants and now Levina is here to share her experience in creating “Cooking Mania: Cultural Dishes”, new food making game for kids. About the Game In Cooking Mania: Cultural Dishes game, kids meet four little, cute chefs from different parts of the world: Grazia from Italy, Marta from Mexico, Yuki from Japan and Lin from China. Children have to help chefs make their traditional meals: pizza, tacos, sushi and Guo Bao chicken. Cooking Mania game helps kids learn how to use kitchen tools, cook at home with parents, keep the kitchen clean. Watch more in the video! TutoTOONS: Hi, Levina! Tell us more about yourself. Levina: Hello! My name is Levina but people may know me as Vi, I’m from Indonesia. Currently, I’m studying in 3D Animation (master’s degree) and I also work as a freelance illustrator. My scope of work typically is creating 2D illustrations and digital painting. I started working as a freelancer in 2010. It’s really nice to make a job of your passion. Did you have game development experience before you started to work with TutoTOONS? I did some art and design works when I was an intern in a 2D game studio. During the internship, I was taught how to make several characters and learned how to create game environments. I also learned about making game assets. I didn’t learn how to program the game, though. Just making the arts. Tell us more about the game you were creating. The game I was creating for TutoTOONS is a cooking game called Cooking Mania. It has four mini games that include four different restaurants and food cultures - Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Japanese. The game characters are all little girls with appearance and looks matching their home countries. What was the most challenging part of making this game? Actually, the most challenging part was creating the environments and the food. This was the first time when I had to focus on making environments and food attractive and suitable for kids. I do not draw them that often and it was a good chance to learn how to do it better. What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game creation using TutoTOONS game builder? Communication with people who help artists make games - we need all the help possible to make the game the best it can be. Even though the game builder is pretty nice and easy to learn, we still need to ask questions - technical, game idea, opinion about the appearance and other. As for the game builder application, the most important thing is knowing how to use its tools and scenes that fit with your game activity. We also need to think if the game idea is good enough and how to picture it from our mind into the game. Share a few game creation tips. First, for the idea: think about the target audience of your game. In this case, it’s the little girls. Try to picture what they like and what attracts them so they would enjoy playing our game. Next, the game art. There are many different styles of art that can be used for games but game artists must always think carefully which style will be liked the most by the players. We can’t just make the game as we like it because it’s not only for us. We can ask opinions and brainstorm with people around us to make decisions. We must be open minded: getting other people’s opinion may open a new box of ideas and help to make the game better. Great tips! Are you planning to make more games with TutoTOONS? In the future, I’ll try to come up with nice and fresh idea so I could make an even better game. We will be waiting for this! Describe TutoTOONS in 1 sentence. Nice and simple game builder :) Any final thoughts? It’s nice to have experience in working with TutoTOONS, I learned several new things, and not just about using the game builder but also about making better art, games, and in professional work. Thank you, Vi, for sharing your thoughts! Join Levina and her four little chefs by downloading game “Cooking Mania: Cultural Dishes”! Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tutotoons.app.cookingmania.free iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1081846390 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BI0GW7U/

Meet Maria, Our First Employee in Barcelona!

We’re excited to announce that we have a new member in TutoTOONS Barcelona team - please welcome Maria and enjoy reading her story! I’m María Fernanda Díez Huerta, or María Díez, or Nany, as friends call me. My name is so long because I’m Mexican! and that’s kind of normal over there. My family is Spanish though; my grandparents moved to Mexico from Spain because of the Civil War, so I have both nationalities. I’m 30 years old and I’ve moved around quite a lot! My stepfather is Dutch, so when I was 15, the whole family moved to The Netherlands. Later on, we moved to Ourense (Galicia, Spain), and then I went back to Mexico while my family moved to Barcelona. After 2 years, I joined my family in Barcelona and 10 years later, here I am! My family however, moved back to Holland and back to Mexico. It’s a bit of a chaos :P but we all manage to stay in touch. I started studying a BA in Audiovisual Communication in Mexico while my family was in Barcelona. I decided to visit them but when I arrived I had the bad luck of getting a thrombosis when I was 20 years old, so I couldn’t take a plane in a long time. Therefore, I had to stay in Barcelona for a while and I studied a 1-year programme in Sound Engineering and Audiovisual Post-production, as well as an online course in Production for TV, Radio and Film. After that, I met my now husband, and decided to stay. I studied a 1-year program in Visual Design and then I studied Sound Engineering and a BA in Audiovisual & Recording Arts. During these years, I learnt a lot not only about sound, but post-production, image editing, art, animation, film and new media, including video games. I’ve always been in love with animation and video games, and I come from a family with painters, singers, musicians and graphic designers. But even if I kept trying to get into any of these industries, the unemployment rate in Spain got massive and it was very difficult to get a job anywhere. In the meantime, I studied a short course in Game Design, and was lucky to work for tech companies where I could manage creative projects and learn how to adapt to fast-paced environments. After more than 3 years of working at Booking.com, first as a Content Editor and then as a Photo Specialist, I got a job as a Production Assistant at Ilion Animation Studios in Madrid, one of the largest animation studios in Europe. I had the amazing experience of collaborating on a film with Paramount Pictures, called Amusement Park (to be released in 2016). After a couple of months, I came back to Barcelona and one day I found out about an online games’ company called TutoTOONS and that they were looking for a Game Designer, fortunately with a hybrid background like mine. I felt a huge hunch that I had to apply and after several interviews and meetings with TutoTOONS co-founder Damien Bruneau, I got hired! I’m really loving it so far. I really like anything production-related and this job is half Game Designer, half Producer. I particularly enjoy being in contact with such talented artists and help them polish their art to produce a fantastic game which will be enjoyed by many children (most likely girls) all over the world. I’ve only been here for not even 3 weeks, but so far, so good, and Damien gave me a very good training. I would really like to grow on a role as a Creative Producer, coordinating all the creative processes involved in our games. But who knows what the future might bring! It seems pretty bright at the moment, and a good place to be right now. For now, I can only do my very best, because feeling that you’re a part of something that you believe in, that you enjoy and that you can witness its growth, it’s amazing. Completely changing the topic, I love doing Yoga and I danced classical ballet for many years. I’m in love with ballet and will start dancing again after a 2-year pause as soon as I can. Of course, I love video games and animated films. I go to the movies as often as my wallet allows it and I possibly watch a film per day. I play social games on my iPad and every weekend my husband and I get together with friends to play Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur or listen to music, my second biggest passion. I’m also a YouTube-addict & makeup junkie. Everything that has to do with color, rainbows, glitter, Halloween and unicorns, fascinates me :) Oh! and I’m also gluten-free and don’t like cheese (that’s as rare as someone saying they don’t like chocolate), but I can bake really good desserts. I think that’s it!