Pokémon Art Academy Teaches You How To Draw… Using Pokémon

By Sato . April 29, 2014 . 8:50pm


When you put together Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Pokémon, you get Nintendo’s latest educational art title, Pokémon Art Academy. In addition to teaching players how to draw Pokémon of all kinds, the game also teaches a variety of art fundamentals and techniques.



In Pokémon Art Academy, you’ll be attending a school that teaches you how to draw Pokémon. It’ll start you out with simple Pokémon to draw, and will gradually give you more challenging ones throughout over 40 types of lessons.


Even if you’re not the best artist out there, don’t worry, as the game will hold your hand and start you out with easy lessons on how to draw Pokémon, such as putting together simple shapes and following examples. There are also “redo” functions, so you won’t need to worry about messing up.



As you advance through the lessons, you’ll unlock tougher ones like the Voltorb course that teaches you about shading and lighting, and one with Jirachi that teaches you to draw with a three-dimensional impression.


Pokémon Art Academy offers all kinds of supplies. Pencils can be used for sketches and making thin lines, outline pens allow you to color over lines without any problems, along with markers and paint to bring out color and a bit of realism to your Pokémon drawings. There are even pastels and sprays to add your own touch.



The Free Paint feature lets you put everything you’ve learned from your lessons to use, and there are over 100 Pokémon you can use for references. You can also use pictures you take with the Nintendo 3DS camera.


Completed drawings can be kept in your album that gives them the form of Pokémon cards. They can also be sent to friends or shared on the Miiverse.


Pokémon Art Academy will be released in Japan on June 19, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Nanashrew

    I want this so I can finally learn how to draw Sandshrew, my favorite Pokemon >:C!

    Anyway, I think this was a good idea. Art Academy is a really great teaching tool and does a lot for the artists out there. This will help to bring in kids so they can get interested in art by learning to draw their favorite characters.

    I actually hope there are more licensed characters for Art Academy down the road so people can learn the character anatomy of from their favorite shows and learn to draw in many unique styles, as well as develop their own.

  • This…….
    This brings back so many memories.
    I began learning how to draw using Pokemon but I didn’t have this lovely little luxury.
    This is a great idea and I’d suggest anyone who wants to get better at art and loves Pokémon to give this a try. It seems like it’s a really cool thing.
    And partially thanks to Pokemon I now end up drawing stuff like this.
    Oh, and Chibi Mew. Because Pokemon

    • safeto20scroll

      This news reminded me so much of my childhood when I loved Pokemon. I used to have this art book about how to draw them mons, but it got stolen :

  • fyi1191

    Drawing Voltorb/Electrode will be a total pain in the butt.

    • Necr0naut

      Tell me about it, between him and Digglett I may just give up on life altogether.

    • s07195

      I can’t for my life draw a good looking circle, so yeah, you may be right. :P

  • $51888021

    Pfft, nice try, guys. We can learn how to draw just fine without Pokemon, thank you very much!


    • powerlessbump

      Start with a circle… Then draw a Voltorb!

    • Kitestwinblades

      It doesn’t get any more direct than that xD Just do it
      (sorry about the double post there)

  • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

    hmmm i dunno about this one, i mean, yeah, no doubt that this will be good but you guys would suggest to buy this to a 3DS/2DS owner?

    • Byron Kerrison II

      In my opinion, If you like to draw and Pokemon then yes, not either/or, both.

      • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

        what i meant is that if i would get mileage out of this game with my smaller 3DS/2DS screens instead of using the bigger screens that 3DSXL offers

        • Byron Kerrison II

          I wouldn’t think that the size matters; although drawing would probably be better on an XL.

  • Namuro

    Man! That’s amazing! I wonder if I can actually draw that well with the app, too. I’d love to give it a try.

  • almostautumn

    Very fun and cool. I wish Nintendo would make a ‘Learn Japanese’ program. I feel like they could create a highly entertaining and rewarding experience. Even if it was just a basics/brush-up, I’d certainly like that.

    …And, you know, I actually miss those old Nintendo Education games that were all over the SNES. They were pretty cute and fun.

    • Reiswindy

      There was this for the DS, but haven’t tried it yet.

      • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

        I don’t know if the japanese one is any good, but for work reasons i’ve tried the chinese one and it was horribly inaccurate… i’ve even lend it to a chinese friend of mine and says that the lessons in the Chinese coach game are completely wrong

  • YES now I can learn how to draw Voltorb!

    • J_Joestar

      Electrode is Hard Mode

  • Guest

    Wow! Pretty cool, and also giving this news so close to the Nintendo Digital Event, they must be packed with announcements already!
    I wonder if the Art Academy will start merging with other series too, Fire Emblem Art Academy, Metroid Art Academy, Zelda Art Academy, we’ll see xD

  • CozyAndWarm

    The original 3DS Art Academy is actually pretty good, but aren’t all these Pokemon pictures kind of… cartoony? Doesn’t really seem all that “artistic” to me.

    • J_Joestar

      you must have a very narrow definition of “artistic” then…

  • Christopher Nunes

    This will be great to learn tricks and tips to various art styles with this program and I do love Pokemon so this is a great way to improve my skills, can’t wait to start drawing.

    Though there IS an Erase function in the game, right? So not everything has to rely on it?

  • ReMeDyIII

    As an artist myself, I’d be wary of this as a legit teaching tool. This teaching tool will show you some fundamentals, but the short slender Nintendo 3DS stylus is no substitute for any other proper writing tool. I’d also imagine the 3DS lacks the precision of, say, a Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet. Plus, drawing Pokemon doesn’t transfer well into most character art, as Pokemon lack human form and their proportions are ridiculous.

    I think this could be great for kids to get them MOTIVATED to start drawing, but if anyone is seriously considering using this to learn decent art, you’re in the wrong place.

    • Hinataharem

      As an artist myself I’m inclined to disagree. While yes, this won’t help you with real world proportions, the cool thing about art is its flexible. An artist is free to do things as they please. Pokemon art is still art

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


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