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Pokémon Art Academy (Japanese: ポケモン アートアカデミーPokémon Art Academy) is a spin-offcrossover of the Pokémon and Art Academy series. It was released in Japan on June 19, 2014, Europe on July 4, 2014, Australia and New Zealand on July 5, 2014, North America on October 24, 2014, and South Korea on April 23, 2015.
The game was first announced on April 30, 2014.
The player is enrolled in the Pokémon Art Academy under Professor Andy, who teaches them how to draw Pokémon. Pokémon Art Academy features 40 art lessons, ranging from easy tutorials to hard complicated designs, along with free draw mode and templates. There are three courses made up of multiple lessons: Normal with 17, Apprentice with 10, and Graduate with 7. After all courses are passed, three bonus lessons unlock that teach the player how to draw Mega Evolved Pokémon.
The game also includes the function of the 3DS Camera, to take images for reference while drawing. Art can be posted onto Miiverse.
The player can draw using a variety of unlockable and downloadable reference images, a photo from the 3DS Camera, or no image at all as a guide. Images unlocked through in-game events feature an optional step-by-step guide and multiple templates. All tools and colors are available for use. The player can select a custom background color, use any unlocked in-game background image, or use an image from the 3DS Camera.
The game features a total of 14 unlockable mini-lessons, called "Quick Sketches" in-game. These allow the player to draw simple images using a limited selection of tools and colors. These are unlocked at certain points throughout the main lessons. The quick sketches are designed to help reinforce skills learned in each section of the main course.
Reference images for Groudon and Kyogre were available for download for a limited time. Groudon's reference could be downloaded from July 4, 2014 to July 20, 2014 and from August 4, 2014 to August 17, 2014 while Kyogre's reference could be downloaded from July 21, 2014 to August 3, 2014 and from August 18, 2014 to August 31, 2014.
In Australia and New Zealand, a ShinyMegaGengar reference image could be downloaded from October 8, 2014 to October 14, 2014.
In Europe, a Rayquaza reference could be downloaded from November 15, 2014 to December 12, 2014.
Artwork for Pokémon Art Academy
European boxart for Pokémon Art Academy
European and Korean logo for Pokémon Art Academy
North American logo for Pokémon Art Academy
Japanese logo for Pokémon Art Academy
Pokémon Art Academy is the first Pokémon game to have been developed in the UK.
Official illustrations for the following cards are used in the Eight Rules of Drawing Pokémon: