I genuinely feel that, while it's not a perfect representation of drawing/painting, Art Academy: Atelier does an excellent job of teaching you the process of creating a piece of art. I believe that having followed the tutorials I could pick up a pastel or pencil in real life, and use them just as effectively, utilising skills I've learnt from a piece of software. While it may not be the most thrill-inducing package, Art Academy: Atelier is a relaxed and deeply enjoyable way of improving your artistic ability and creating artwork on your Wii U.
Serving as an excellent teaching tool for aspiring artists, Art Academy: Home Studio takes the franchise to new heights with well designed lessons that aim to make players the next Vincent van Gogh.
More software than game, Art Academy: Home Studio is an enjoyable experience with infinite replayability. Regardless of your artistic skill, it will teach you a thing or two and give you a nice creative outlet to express yourself with its expansive toolset.
Granted, the game isn't perfect. Pinpoint accuracy can be a problem when trying to do intricate work with the stylus and touchpad. You also don't have the scope and breadth of features like you would with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, which honestly should be expected. For aspiring artists or weekend creative warriors who own a Wii U, however, Art Academy: Home Studio is an inexpensive and fun way to dabble into art of your own. Just be careful that it doesn't make you want to wear tight pants, striped shirts and a beret, um-kay?
In the end, Art Academy is certainly an amazing program for any artist regardless of their skill level. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you're bound to enjoy the robust set of features that it has to offer.
Art Academy: Home Studio has its minor flaws, but thankfully this game has enough great qualities that help brush some of those issues over.
Even if art isn't your bag (it sure isn't mine), Art Academy: Home Studio is worth checking out. The abundance of options available at your fingertips is very cool, and the ability to share couldn't be easier, save for direct posting to social networks – but we'll make do with what we have. If you're a budding artist or even a kid who just wants to play around with different paints (without messing up the house, mind you), this is one Academy worth enlisting in.
Just keep in mind; you'll need patience and focus to make the most of the lessons, so it won't interest anyone looking for something on the Splatoon side of fine art. Overall though, we reckon this is the best Art Academy title yet, and it simply wouldn't be possible on any other home console. Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to try on some berets...
Art Academy: Atelier is a great entry in the franchise. With 30 new lessons and some pretty powerful tools, painters of all skill levels will have a good time. While the sharing functions really could have been expanded, the social features really make up for it and allow you to share the fun with the world. Add to that some great visuals and music, you have the best way to relax and unwind on the Wii U.
"As good as console drawing guide can be."
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