Pokemon art academy 3DS

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The load-up title screen of Pokemon art academy is gorgeous. However, you may be surprised to see your 3D icon turn off. This title does not use the 3D utility what-so-ever. A shame but, never mind, there would’nt be much use for it anyway. At the home

At the home screen you have two available options and one locked option. You have lessons and free paint available straight away. There are also small tabs for some extras, album, which hold’s your saved sketches and also a slideshow option. Then there is also a share option, which can be shared via miiverse or local play. On selecting lessons, you go to starter exercises. You have 3 pokemon to choose from. You go into a paint style screen. You are shown step by step tutorials on how to draw your chosen

You are shown step by step tutorials on how to draw your chosen pokemon. The layout is very basic and to start with you have limited tools, as at this point you won’t need all of them. Dash patterned shapes will be your guidelines as you follow the line and shade the area. The touchpad is very responsive when using your stylus (or improvised stylus had you lost everyone you own). If you are not happy with your effort you can press your left shoulder button to undo it. If you attempt to follow the patten in one stroke and you go out of the line, when you press L the whole stroke will be deleted. If you do smaller strokes and make a mistake pressing L will delete smaller strokes. If you accidently undo anything by hitting L, press R to redo it. Once you are happy with what you have done you can move onto the next step. If you are really struggling with, or you’re not happy with your outlines, it may be a slight matter of

If you accidently undo anything by hitting L, press R to redo it. Once you are happy with what you have done you can move onto the next step. If you are really struggling with, or you’re not happy with your outlines, it may be a slight matter of calabiration, which can be found in your 3DS /2DS menu settings under other settings. Using the analogue stick you can move your picture around to make areas easier to draw from areas on the screen. Using your D-pad you can zoom in and out of your picture for more intricate detail such as, mouths, eyes and definition. You are guided throughout the whole drawing process and more options from the palette become available. You have just drawn your first pokemon. At the menu another option will unlock, quick sketch. More options on your pallet will be unlocked and also lesson modes.

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Moving onto novice course there are four new pokemon to draw. Surprisingly, when you chose from one of the four, another four pokemon to draw will beome available once you have completed the lesson in the main pokemon you have chosen. To start with you are drawing pokemon faces. When you move onto the second available pokemon on novice, the faces will become angled to try drawing from a different perspective. Of course the more you advance, the whole the picture you will be drawing. Already on novice on the third pokemon icon you are drawing full bodies. Detail getting more intricate. More colours and pens becoming available from the More colours and pens becoming available from the palette. With eight pages on the lessons mode, expect to see more complicated yet spectacular effects you can learn to really bring your art to life. Remember, practise makes perfect. Like a high art photoshop

With eight pages on the lessons mode, expect to see more complicated yet spectacular effects you can learn to really bring your art to life. Remember, practise makes perfect. Like a high art photoshop programe, Nintendo have cleverly added layers to the picture. Meaning parts of the picture are broken down on seperate pages. So one would be your outlining, one would be your colour and so on. This enables you to shade a whole area without worrying about going over colours or outlines. It is also how animation is made. You are you one step closer to becoming a pokemon artist, but also an animator. (Bet you never thought you would aquire these awesome skills). Choosing the fourth

Choosing the fourth pokemon icon in novice lessons, will go into more detail about layers and introduce more tools. But don’t panic. As always in lessons there are guided outlines and on screen instructions to follow. The beauty of this is that it is very simple to pick up and follow, you will create stacks of pokemon pictures in no time at all. This game is a testament to show that anyone can draw as long as you learn the right basic’s, as even the most iconic of characters are drawn using shapes as their base. (insert image of Sonic, Mario, bart). In no time at all you will probably find yourself entering free paint, using all your new skills to draw a pokemon completely free hand, with no guidelines, just a picture of a pokemon to copy from. 12 Pokemon types to choose from, all at various detail and scale. It is worth regularly checking for downloadable images for newer designs. Downloadable content is frequent throughout Pokemon

It is worth regularly checking for downloadable images for newer designs. Downloadable content is frequent throughout Pokemon games, and can even be found on the Nintendo DS. How frequent they appear at present is unknown though. Once you have selected your chosen picture in this mode, by pressing X you can switch between whole design, guideline and freehand to copy from. Be sure to open your palette by pressing the pencil outline on the bottom right hand corner of you touchscreen. Pressing A will cycle through various guideline for more detail on outlines, these are also the

Pressing A will cycle through various guideline for more detail on outlines, these are also the layers I was talking about earlier. Y simply cycles backwards through the layers. As most Nintendo games and systems, and realising they also cater to a younger audience, there will be prompts to take breaks when it recognizes you have been playing for some time. Not a bad idea, and also makes your next lesson more enjoyable. Take your time and enjoy it for what it is. In quick sketch mode, it is a bit like speed drawing, but at your own pace. With 14 Pokemon types to choose from. Using B in this mode, you can switch you view between stencil, grid, guideline and freehand. It’s handy to use all these options as you can be more precise where you like. Pressing Y will take away layers from the design you are copying, pressing A will re-add the layers, but don’t hit A too much until you have finished your design as this will end your session. If you are signed up to

Not a bad idea, and also makes your next lesson more enjoyable. Take your time and enjoy it for what it is. In quick sketch mode, it is a bit like speed drawing, but at your own pace. With 14 Pokemon types to choose from. Using B in this mode, you can switch you view between stencil, grid, guideline and freehand. It’s handy to use all these options as you can be more precise where you like. Pressing Y will take away layers from the design you are copying, pressing A will re-add the layers, but don’t hit A too much until you have finished your design as this will end your session. If you are signed up to

Using B in this mode, you can switch you view between stencil, grid, guideline and freehand. It’s handy to use all these options as you can be more precise where you like. Pressing Y will take away layers from the design you are copying, pressing A will re-add the layers, but don’t hit A too much until you have finished your design as this will end your session.

If you are signed up to Miiverse, don’t forget to share, share, share your art. No matter your ability, in weeks time your pictures will vastly improve and wow your friends. You will also see yourself how you have improved.

Ninny and Boo even had a go at drawing their own Pokemon…

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Ninny decided to do a female version of pikachu, he needed a wife to look after him!

Protection or over-protection?

A few months back me and hubby watched a programme on BBC3 about online bullying and ‘trolling’ I have had a few of my own experiances both recently and some time ago. We both decided to get rid of our facebook accounts and not get into the social networking hype. So starting this blog alone was a big choice for me, but I need somewhere to document the feelings and emotions I have for my recent diagnosis.

Anyway whilst watching this programme we were both horrified with how much of an effect cyber bulling has on people, especially teenagers! We have decided that for our children we do not what this, we will do whatever it takes to protect them from this online world for as long as we can. Yes part of me does feel abit of a hypocrite, but I am a grown adult and do not intend to let people scare me away from expressing my feeling and having my online journal. I feel the people who choose to ‘troll’ on certain sites for whatever reason really have nothing better to do with there time. Especially to do it to a child or young person.

I come from a fairly conservative background and the internet was something I was not allowed growing up, at the time I did resent my parents for this, but now I see why they did it. Although, unlike growing up, I will have the internet avalible in my home, I will be sure to closely monitor the girls until I feel they are ready enough to understand what to ignore and when to come to me and hubby for help.

The trouble is children today are growing up so fast, my 3 year old already knows how to use a iphone, ds and wii, you might say I should not let her have these things? The iphone I did sell on as I didnt use it to its full potential, and the temptation for pops to play on it all day is now not there. As for the wii and ds, I dont see why she shouldnt have the things all other children seem to have too, sometimes I do feel I should ‘get with the times’ but at the same time this frightens me.

I have found that these games systems change her behaviour, so like the internet when the times comes I will monitor what she does and how long she does it for. How do you feel about these ever changing times? Are you just as scared for your children as I am for mine? As like any other head strong teen I no she will find a way of using the internet at times when she shouldnt! I just hope I will be three steps ahead of her and her sister. Some might say im overprotective? I just couldnt bear to go through what some of the parents went through on the programme!

For now I will enjoy them whilst they are young and tresure the days when no means no. I guess we all have a lot to learn.