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Real Pikachu by hextupleyoodot Real Pikachu by hextupleyoodot

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:


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

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

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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Overall it looks amazing honestly.
Except that the fur is too thick and makes pikachu look thinner compared to the show and pokemon games. You should consider making pikach a bit chubbier and softer looking with finer hair, sort of like a hamster.
The tail needs some work as well. It appears too fluffy, sort of cat like. The last bit of his tail could be a little larger, like pikachu's sprite image (if you compare the you can see that your tail is a little thin at the top then the sprite).
The face, eyes, nose look great! Well done.
The ear (pikachu's left ear, our right) isn't dark enough. Maybe you sould darken it, make the black more black.
But this is the best looking "realistic" pikachu that I've seen a real long time.

Great job!
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I used to work with animals and rodents in a pet store for quite some time. Let me say this one word. WOW. where should I start?! Everything about this screams to me something in nature. The body looks just like a Chinchilla with blond hair. The face is what does it for me the most! The mouth has that bit of pink fleshy spot that all rodents have. Also the whiskers and the eyes. Rodents generaly have very wide eyes and you accomplished that real well here. The eyes are wide on rodents so they can get as much light as possible. Rodents generaly are nocturnal by nature. The nails are also an impact for me as I recall being scratched by guini pigs when I worked for the store and having to trim their nails down lol. I can definently say if I picked up this pikachu and spooked him (assuming he doesnt electricute me) ide get a little scratch. My only critique is maybe have a little of his upper front teeth show just a bit. On a rodent the teeth grow long and they need to chew on lots of things to keep them trimed. If you go to a pet store and look at even a hamster look close you will see the front two teeth poking out a tiney bit. If you could add that in here you are as gold as the golden fur on this pikachu. You did the little guy huge justice rendering him like this he looks so real to me that I want to go out and find where in the wild one of these gus lives lol. Again wonderful job and thank you for posting this amazing peice.
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Gekiganger3 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018
I wonder if the people behind the Detective Pikachu movie took some notes from this one.
Zeta-Neubourn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018   Artist
You know, most of the time, people do these realistic takes on Pikachu and they meet in uncanny valley territory really badly, but this... this is good! Cute even! :D
Lovemypuppy22 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
PIKA! chu!
KinlexXx Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woow. You did a good work.
pureawsome Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
What's this? A realistic Pokémon that actually looks like the Pokémon in question?
CarolinetheWerewolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist
I just want to hug it!
WraythSkitzifrenik Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
unsafermirror2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking adorbs!!!
goosetooth Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats the most realistic version of Pikachu I've seen so far
Anayo-s Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
This looks eerily plausible.
Symbiote-God Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Writer
"Dreams do come true"
- SpongeBob SquarePants
GrandmasterMorgan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Soooooo CUUTE OMG!!!!!!!  I want to pet him :3
JScarce Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016   General Artist
Wow. So dignified. 
lizardbreath902 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Did you use a real animal base for this? Because it is awesome
Webspidrman Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2015
I can believe this!  Amazing!! :D

You are the only person I've seen to take Pikachu's design as it is, roll with it, and make it into a real, yet unique, creature.

I feel like this is infinitely more rewarding than trying to turn Pikachu into a mouse, because one of the cool things about Poke'mon is how weird, alien, and wondrous they are. :D
Geckosaurus-Rex Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2015  Student
Awww It's so Cute Pikachu! Love 
SonikkuFan27 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
I have seen a lot of 'in real life' pikachu and this the best I've had seen.Great job, keep it up! :)
Chenks-R Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone stole your art
YU-GI-OMG Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
I'm glad you actually made it look like Pikachu instead of making it look like a spray painted mouse.
Gavin-The-Bunny Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
He's so cute, I want to cuddle him :3
Kareena08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
This is exactly how I imagine him if he was real! ^^
FireHeartFlame Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol he looks like a cute fuzzy kitten XD
presstartoplay Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
BlackYoshi485 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
that pikachu really looks real, with some cat-ish look
AwesomeCakester Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
This is without a doubt the best realistic Pikachu I've ever seen because it's not making an animal into a Pokemon or a Pokemon into an animal. It's just making a Pokemon with realistic textures. This is what a Pikachu would look like in real life.
xofhearts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
this is so cute
Mechamonster Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, man.
LarioLario54321 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Rose--Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Oh my god, I just want to hug it! It's so fuzzy and fluffy and furry and cute!
Pokemon-Trainer-Jei Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow o_o
Absolutely beautiful.
The fur detail goes way beyond what I expected when I searched for a realistic pikachu.
I love how the tail is feathered like an actual rodent tail and the cheeks have fur detail; they don't look like they where slapped on.
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666SatanLucifer666 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
My daughter would love this, she loves pikachu!! And Pokémon!
samukashokytto Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
senssassional :D
AlvinChipmunks Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Stumpolos Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014
No doubt the best realistic one I've ever seen! Others have tried, but many end up looking creepy when realified; unlike this one. :) If only I could hug it....:meow:
Sanluris Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That's great! This Pikachu reminds me of a squirrel.
supersonic987 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hi there electric mouse!
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here
Marioaddict Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god.

It looks realistic, but it still looks cute as all hell.

hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! I think I was just sick of seeing creepy realistic pokemon. =P
Popgal120 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
It looks so adorable. :) I wish I could hug one lol
Merry907 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What drawing app do you use?
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop CS4. =)
EricAWest Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Artist
I still think that you should do EVERY Pokemon now
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I wish I had the time to do more of these.
shadowsmiths Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Viola-Player Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool!  (600th comment!)

:happybounce: :happybounce: 
DS-Clare Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I seen others try to make pikachu look real. but yours is the best! I what one!😍
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