Disney Art Academy Game Review

 

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Discover your inner Disney Artist with the brand new Disney Art Academy Game, for the Nintendo 3DS. Disney Art Academy follows a simple story, that leads you to learning various techniques and tricks, to learn how to draw many of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters on your Nintendo 3DS, that you can later export or even learn to draw in real life. It is a fun game that leaves you proud of your creations. A very cool addition to Disney’s huge game library!

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FEATURES:
In the Disney Art Academy game, you can use a wide variety of tools to learn to draw more than 80 Disney and Pixar characters. By setting your own pace through multiple easy-to-follow lessons, characters like Mickey Mouse, Elsa from Frozen, Nemo from Finding Nemo and Simba from The Lion King come to life on your Nintendo 3DS screen. Learn to draw popular Disney and Pixar characters using a variety of drawing tools like pastels, paintbrushes and markers. There are dozens of fun and intuitive lessons inspired by Disney art and Pixar animation guide you through a series of step-by-step progressions. You cab give your art some extra flair with the Magic Brush, a new addition
to the Art Academy series. With the Magic Brush, magical additions like stars, clouds and glitter can be added to your masterpieces. You can also put your newly learned skills to the test by drawing on a blank canvas and selecting from more than 80 Disney images in Free Paint mode. Show off your art by sharing directly to Miiverse or on social media
via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share tool. Completed artwork is also saved to the Nintendo 3DS system’s SD card, allowing you to upload your creations to a personal computer and print them out. Finally, you can share a free demo of the game with friends using local Download Play.

Platform: Nintendo 3DS family of systems
Launch Date: May 13, 2016
Genre: Art Lessons
Rating: E (Everyone)
Players: 1
Developer: Disney/Pixar
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

This is definitely not a game! Its a wonderful art tool that teaches you great techniques to learn how to draw your very own Disney and Pixar characters. It does have a small story to go along with your journey of becoming an amazing artist. You basically are on an Island, in a summer art club, drawing Disney characters for a festival, with professor Ian and his nephew and niece, as well as an additional professor Linda. They all teach you various techniques and art styles to help you draw all these amazing characters. Its a nice touch that they created a story out of the whole learning process. Overall, the feel of this game is superb. The lessons are simple and very informative. Anyone can learn to draw from this game!

PROS VS CONS:

Disney Art Academy is definitely what the title dictates, its like a mini Art Academy. You learn various art styles and techniques, that you can later implement in real life to showcase your talents. You really do learn a lot from this game. You start with the basics, and then move onward to expressions, portraits, shapes & Shadows, Construction, Action Poses, Villain Design, Color Theory, 2D Drawing Techniques, Drawing Animals, Drawing Humans, and finish off with 3D Drawing Technics. It truly is a wealth of knowledge packed into one small little cartridge.

The only downside to this game is having to draw with the stylus the whole time. I mean, its not a bad thing. Many artists now a day use screen technology and draw with a stylus as well, but this one is made for gaming, not drawing. I highly suggest you take the advice given to you by the game itself, and calibrate your screen so you get the most accurate response from your stylus to the screen. Otherwise, you will be reminded of how it felt coloring with crayons, when you could not stay within the lines! Don’t worry though, the game has an erase feature too!

VIDEO TUTORIAL:

Nintendo actually has a few videos of gameplay on their channel so you can see it in action. Click on the link below to get an idea of what it is like to draw in this game. Its quite impressive!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall, Disney Art Academy is an wonderful art tool that teaches anyone the basics to being an amazing artist. It is a completely solid game and delivers exactly what the title promises. If you are looking to actually play a game, this definitely isn’t for you. But if you are looking master the arts and learn to draw and paint your many favorite Disney and Pixar characters, you’re playing the right game title. I love how simple the tools are to use, how great the lessons are on teaching technics, and how easy it is to implement what you’ve learn in the game, right onto paper. If I were to describe what this game is like, I easily compare it to the Art Academy classes you get when you visit the Animation Building at California Adventure.

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OVERALL RATING:

I give this game a rating of 9.5! It truly is the Disney Art Academy right in the palm of your hand. It delivers exactly what it promises, by teaching you various techniques on how to draw your favorite Disney and Pixar characters. The stylus drawing on the small screen may take a few lessons to get use to, but it is a solid game and a great addition to anyones gaming library. if you think you are limited to what characters you can draw, the free draw mode will eliminate that concern completely. Well done Disney…well done!

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Love drawing in this game! So much fun!

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I was born in Santa Monica, California, and have lived in SoCal all my life. I grew up as a Disney nut and continue to be one to this day. I am an avid visitor and annual pass holder of Disneyland and California Adventure. As far as collectibles go, I started my collection with Vinylmations and collected those for a few years. Since D23 in 2013, I’ve moved on to fueling my new guilty pleasure, Disney Infinity. Other collectables include Funko Pop and Lego. Here are a few of my favorite things! Favorite hand drawn animated film: Lion King. Favorite CGI animated film: UP. Favorite live action Disney movie: Pirates of the Caribbean. Favorite Marvel Universe movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, with Avengers: Age of Ultron as a close second. Favorite Marvel Super Hero: Captain America. Favorite Star Wars Film: Ep. IV, A New Hope. Favorite Star Wars Character: Darth Vader. Favorite Disneyland ride: Pirates of the Caribbean. Favorite California Adventure ride: Radiator Springs Racers. Favorite Disney Infinity figures: Disney Original: Maleficent, Marvel: Falcon, Star Wars: Darth Vader.

Have any questions? email me Abe@diskingdom.com or follow me on twitter @abejr22

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