Pokemon Art Academy coming to North America and Europe

Europe gets it July 4. North American release due out this fall.

Pokemon Art Academy

Nintendo is bringing Pokemon Art Academy, its Pokemon-themed iteration of the Art Academy series, to North America this fall and to Europe on July 4, the company announced.

The game offers users 40 lessons to learn how to paint, sketch, and draw with Pokemon. Nintendo says the game will help players pick up actual illustration skills that can be transferred onto real paper.

Lessons are guided by Professor Andy, who teaches players to draw by breaking down complex images into simple steps. While drawing, players will have a toolbox consisting of a bright range of pencils, pastels, and paint, as well as new materials like markers that make block colors with clean sharp edges, and airbrushes that allow for fine color gradation. A new outline pen leaves a smooth line that cannot be colored over. There is also a new undo feature.

Players will progress through four different levels of learning, beginning with Starter, then Novice and Apprentice, and ending with Graduate courses.

A new Free Paint mode will enable players to create Pokemon in any style using the full range of tools, and over 100 reference pictures provided for inspiration. Images taken with the 3DS camera can also be imported. A Quick Sketch mode will let players do short simple drawings, producing Pokemon sketches quickly.

All drawings are saved to an album, in the format of Pokemon character cards together with your signature. You’ll be able to share your drawings to Miiverse.

View a new set o screenshots at the gallery.

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