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Art Academy (DS) Tutorial Artwork and Review

These are the paintings I made the game. Paintings are in the order of each lesson. Your mileage may vary.

This is a most pleasant surprise, an art game that actually teaches you how to paint. While browsing my local Gamestop an old game called ‘Art Academy’ caught my eye. At first I scoffed at the thought that a Nintendo DS game could teach anyone how to paint but my curiosity got the best of me and I purchased it. I must say as an artist, am impressed with the game.

There are two glaring mistakes, the game teaching you to ‘chicken scratch’ your lines (Always draw your lines long, bold, and with confidence) and the over use of pure white in a couple paintings, However; as a whole it is a well made teaching tool.

The game has 10 main lessons and 10 practice lessons. In the main lessons you follow the instructions step by step to create the images. Art theory and art history is discussed during the lessons giving you the understanding what you’re doing and how to apply it. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint and you own a DS or 3DS I would recommend this.The game’s length is around 10 to 15 depending on your confidence. It might not make you a Rembrandt after completing the course but It will give you a confident foundation to build upon if you want to pursue painting.

If your already an artist, it would basically be a refresher course of the foundations. It’s around $10 used. Cheaper then most art books. 7 out of 10.

I just found the 3DS sequel. I will write a review when I finish the game.

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