Learn to draw Pokémon
Grab your stylus and start your Pokémon drawing journey in Pokémon Art Academy, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. This Pokémon-themed iteration of the Art Academy series offers budding illustrators and Pokémon fans alike 40 lessons to learn how to paint, sketch, and draw with beloved Pokémon characters. Along the way, students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up actual illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas or paper, or share their digital masterpieces with the world.
The Art Academy series
The Art Academy series made its debut on Nintendo DS in 2009, offering a comprehensive virtual art studio with a variety of realistically behaving art materials. Wield the stylus with tactile precision on the touchscreen to use the plethora of paint, pencils, and pastels. What sets the Art Academy series apart are its easy-to-follow lessons with step-by-step guides that teach genuine painting and drawing techniques. A friendly tutor takes students of all ages through these lessons, each of which breaks down complex-looking images into simple steps. Gradually, players pick up more and new techniques that allow anyone to create artwork they can be proud of. Whilst previous Art Academy titles were focused on traditional and fine art, this Pokémon-themed iteration lets players try their hand at illustration. So join the Pokémon Art Academy and meet Professor Andy, who teaches players to draw and train their creative skills - beginning with starter Pokémon and working up to legendary masterpieces.
Useful tools for budding artists
Every artist needs tools, and the touchscreen toolbox once again houses a bright range of pencils, pastels, and paint. There are also art materials brand new to the series, such as markers that make block colours with clean sharp edges, and airbrushes that allow for a fine graduation of colour. In addition, the new outline pen leaves a smooth line that cannot be coloured over – perfect for cartoon drawings with slick borders. Finally, players need not worry about making mistakes when experimenting, as the new undo feature allows the removal of several previously made steps from a masterpiece-in-progress.
Pokémon Art Academy boasts 40 lessons in which players can encounter favourite Pokémon from throughout the series – even including those from the recent Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games – such as Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling, Fennekin, and many more! Students can progress through four different levels of lesson, beginning with first drawings in Starter, discovering new skills during Novice and Apprentice, and culminating with mastering a new talent in Graduate courses. They will first learn how to draw colourful Pokémon profiles, then build up Pokémon out of simple shapes like a cartoonist. Later lessons introduce colouring techniques such shading, shadow, and depth that bring drawings to life. For the first time in the Art Academy series, it’s even possible to add a finishing touch by placing completed artwork against a selection of backgrounds for dramatic effect.
As players hone their skills, they can try out Free Paint mode, where Pokémon can be created in any style using the full range of tools. Over 100 reference pictures of Pokémon are included for inspiration, while images taken with the Nintendo 3DS camera can also be imported into the game. For those who want to keep their artistic juices flowing, there's the new Quick Sketch mode where players can jump into short, simple drawings and practise producing Pokémon sketches quickly – perfect when out and about, or as daily practice.
Save and share your masterpieces
All accomplishments can be saved into an album, as a truly personal collection of character cards featuring your artwork as the illustration, together with your signature. Share masterpieces locally with other Pokémon Art Academy players, or post them to Miiverse to show the world your greatest artistic triumphs. And while you're there, you can always ask for help with techniques from the friendly Miiverse community of art and Pokémon fans.