“Draw” Your Children away from Video Games

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Drawing Software that teaches children how to draw on the computer. The software features two cartoon characters (Sketch and Smudge) who draw pictures, step by step, so that the user can follow along.

Drawing Hand Creations is pleased to announce the release of Sketch Studio for Microsoft Windows. Sketch Studio is an easy to use drawing program designed to teach children how to draw. Although there are already a number of drawing programs available for children Sketch Studio is unique in that it contains built-in drawing lessons. The lessons feature two animated characters “Sketch and Smudge”. The characters work together, sketching and smudging, to draw pictures. Each picture is broken down into a series of steps. At the end of each step the two characters wait, allowing the user to copy what was drawn, before proceeding to the next step. The lessons vary in difficulty. The simplest lesson consists of coloring in the outline of a tree frog. This lesson, although simple, demonstrates how to use the smudging technique that is required in the more advanced drawings. The goal is to slowly build up the child’s drawing ability and confidence.

Encourage Children To Draw

Most children have a natural instinct to draw. They pick up a pencil or crayon and just start drawing without thinking about it. Some children continue to draw as they mature while others stop for one reason or another. The children who continue to draw typically received praise from their parents. The praise encourages them to continue to draw which leads to better drawings and more encouragement. Once this cycle of encouragement begins it can lead to a lifetime of creativity and artistic exploration. Sketch Studio was designed to start the encouragement cycle. Every drawing created with Sketch Studio is recorded and can be replayed within Sketch Studio. When a child has completed a drawing he/she can press the Play button and Sketch and Smudge will recreate the drawing stroke for stroke. The drawings can also be replayed with the Sketch and Smudge Screen Saver (included with Sketch Studio). What child would not be proud to see his or her drawing as it is recreated by Sketch and Smudge on the family computer?

Alternative to Video Games

The creator of Sketch Studio, Jeff Newman, decided to create a drawing program for children in hopes that it would be an alternative to the incredible number of video games available. Jeff, a software engineer, appreciates how sophisticated and creative the games have become. However, as Jeff sees it, all of the creativity is in developing the game. That’s the real fun. Not playing it. There is a big difference between those who play and those who create. More than likely, the talented people who write the software and create the graphics for the video games today would probably have enjoyed Sketch Studio when they were young.

Availability & System Requirements

Sketch Studio is for Microsoft Windows and sells for $19.95. You can purchase it at http://www.drawinghand.com. A trial version can also be downloaded from this location.

Note to editors: Review copies are available upon request

Screenshot: http://www.sketchandsmudge.com/screenshots/SketchStudio.jpg

About the Company

Based in Fremont, California, Drawing Hand Creations has been creating art related software since 1996. For more information regarding Drawing Hand Creations, visit the company's site at http://www.DrawingHand.com

Contact Information:

Jeff Newman

Drawing Hand Creations

(510) 440-9673


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