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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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Daily Painting No.100 – Dragon portrait WIP (so close) + Dino Squad Review

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100 daily paintings Who hoo! (actually its more like 80 if your counting each individual painting) I  actually made it  So happy! My dragon painting is near completion. I just have a little more clean up on the dragon and then need to clean up the background. Unless someone commissions me to paint a dragon, this will be the last dragon painting one for some time (yeah right, my best guess is I will last two weeks max without painting a dragon). I would rather focus my dragon related energies on making a realistic 3d dragon model ( When the model is finished I could animated him doing the tango and post it on youtube.. wait.. that might not be the best idea..) I will post my process when I start the model.

Holy random “Dino Squad” review Batman!

On Netflix I wanted to watch a animated series I hadn’t seen before, I found this show called “Dino Sqaud” about teenagers that can morph into dinosaurs to save the world from a evil velociraptor bent on changing everything (including humans) into dinosaurs (Let me take a breath, that was a long un-punctuated sentence). It sounded interesting so I gave it  a try… I have chosen poorly… Each episode forces you to watch the same transformation sequences over, and over, and over again while it’s terrible theme song plays in the background. (I’M IN! I’M IN! I’M THE DINO SQUAD!) It reminds me of the un-skippable summon animations in Final Fantasy 8. The Triceratops TF will give me nightmares tonight. the dino designs are somewhat inaccurate but it’s a kid’s show, so that’s forgiven. The main cast just stereotypes, unfortunately. The animation is average but gets the job done. Dino Squad is not terrible enough to watch just for laughs but is not good enough to watch for enjoyment. Kids will love it though. Go Dino!

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“Trauma” Game Review – New tier for adventures? Or just a photo gallery?

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Get ready to move moon like spheres for 2 hours.

As stated in earlier posts, starting today I will write some short reviews with accompanying artwork. This artwork would focus on what the game is all about. It’s basically just a excuse for me to draw more and to make me feel like I haven’t wasted all my money on that money pit called Steam.

Saying that Trauma is a unique game is a understatement, part Riven mixed in with a hidden object hunt and a touch of Instagram thrown in for good measure. It is a point and click adventure game with no bothersome things like a inventory or brain bending puzzles. In fact Trauma might be the easiest and shortest adventure game I have played so far. Clocking in at a mere 30 minutes first play and about 2 hours to complete everything.

In Trauma you play as a woman who is recovering from a car accident. Confined in the hospital she has these strange dreams. You navigate these dreams while trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

There are four small ‘zones’ in the game, each zone is composed of a bunch of photographs you navigate through via Google maps style in your quest to find hidden endings and Polaroid snap shots. This photo atheistic is the best aspect of the game and feels utterly original. The main weakness of the game is the puzzles and how you solve them in the game. The puzzle solutions themselves are practically handed to you by the narrator, there is no feeling of accomplishment as the game does everything but automatically solve it for you. The game guides you like a dog on a leash.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy playing though Trauma,  the visual style is fantastic, but the hand holding and short length detracts from the experience.

… Oh and be prepared to move spheres for 2 hours.

The game can be purchased with Steam: “http://store.steampowered.com/app/98100/