Art Academy: Learn Painting and Drawing Techniques with Step-by-Step Training - DS/DSi

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Art Academy: Learn Painting and Drawing Techniques with Step-by-Step Training (DS/DSi)
Also for: Wii U
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Headstrong Games Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 6 Aug 2010 (GB)
Ratings: No rating
Features: DSi Camera


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You can't blame Nintendo for trying to make the world a better place, and encouraging people to better themselves – whether it's by fashion design, looking after puppies or making sure you're not going senile. With Art Academy, the Nintendo DS becomes your very own easel, as you are taught various painting and drawing techniques via step-by-step instructions.

Of course, there's the option to just scribble around and create your own Van Gogh masterpiece as well, and the real meat of Art Academy lies in its extensive range of art options. Three different grades of pencil lead are available: 2B; HB and 2H, and you can draw in soft or hard lines as you please. Paint behaves like acrylic, and there are three round or flat brushes to take advantage of here too.

Different kinds of tricks and techniques can be taught to you via the tutorial mode in the game, and you can utilise the palette in various ways to replicate these same effects. You get a ten set of paint tubes as a basic palette, with the ability to mix 20 different colours. Controlling the amount of paint on your brush gives different effects, as does the wetness of the brush.

If you're ever stuck on anything, Vince is at hand to offer tips and advice on how to use the different art materials and suggest what to draw. And if you have a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, you can use the built-in camera to take a snapshot of an image, and redraw them within Art Academy. Improve your painting and drawing skills and become the next John Constable.