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Real Pikachu

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UPDATE:

Gritty Reboots used my realistic pikachu in one of their videos! Pretty flattering.

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See where it all started in this process video:

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Whew.. where to start. This is a project I started way back in 2008. It began when I first saw the "Super Real Mario Brother" by
:iconpixeloo:

The goal was simple: rather than trying to take proportions from existing animals, I thought it would be more appropriate to take Pikachu's actual proportions and turn then into something plausible for the real world.

But not too far into it, I ended up giving up, as, while I could use various references to compose certain parts, I didn't have an easy method of replicating fur, especially along the perimeter of the piece.

As you may know, earlier this year, I finally got my hands on a tablet. And so, just over week ago, I was inspired to pick it back up after seeing "Eevee" by
:iconchameleontheartist:

Using my tablet, I was able to finally achieve a result that I'm pretty satisfied with.

The whole process was highly experimental. I started out simply cutting out parts from source images to create some parts, but eventually, I ended up doing a majority of the fur from scratch, so coming up with ways to create convincing fur was a real challenge. I think it came out pretty well.

Overall, it's been a huge learning experience. I've come to be a whole lot more comfortable using the Burn and Dodge tools in Photoshop, and of course, I was quite chummy with the Liquify filter. XP

If you look carefully at his eyes, you can see a reflection of my head in front of the window behind the sofa on which I was sitting while working on this. =P

Anyway, I hope I did Pikachu justice! I'll be opening this up to critiques, which is something I've not yet done. Just don't be too hard on me ^^; I might make changes based on your input, so don't be afraid to tell me what looks bad!

Ash, I promised I'd finish this, so here it is finished! I hope when you see this it makes you smile! =) (That's Ash as in Ashley, not Ash as in Ash Ketchum, for your information, viewers.)

Please don't use this image without permission. ^^;

Pikachu © 1995-2010 Nintendo / GAME FREAK Inc.
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Needs more Ryan Reynolds.