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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. ^^;

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Gekiganger3's avatar
I wonder if the people behind the Detective Pikachu movie took some notes from this one.
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Zeta-Neubourn's avatar
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
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Lovemypuppy22|Hobbyist Filmographer
PIKA! chu!
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KinlexXx's avatar
KinlexXx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woow. You did a good work.
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pureawsome's avatar
What's this? A realistic Pokémon that actually looks like the Pokémon in question?
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CarolinetheWerewolf's avatar
I just want to hug it!
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WraythSkitzifrenik's avatar
ADORBZ
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unsafermirror2|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking adorbs!!!
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goosetooth|Hobbyist General Artist
Thats the most realistic version of Pikachu I've seen so far
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Anayo-s's avatar
This looks eerily plausible.
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Symbiote-God|Professional Writer
"Dreams do come true"
- SpongeBob SquarePants
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GrandmasterMorgan's avatar
Soooooo CUUTE OMG!!!!!!!  I want to pet him :3
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JScarce| General Artist
Wow. So dignified. 
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lizardbreath902|Student Digital Artist
Did you use a real animal base for this? Because it is awesome
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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
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Geckosaurus-Rex's avatar
Awww It's so Cute Pikachu! Love 
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SonikkuFan27's avatar
I have seen a lot of 'in real life' pikachu and this the best I've had seen.Great job, keep it up! :)
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Chenks-R|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone stole your art 9gag.com/gag/aBrGqR2
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YU-GI-OMG's avatar
I'm glad you actually made it look like Pikachu instead of making it look like a spray painted mouse.
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Gavin-The-Bunny's avatar
He's so cute, I want to cuddle him :3
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Kareena08's avatar
This is exactly how I imagine him if he was real! ^^
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FireHeartFlame|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol he looks like a cute fuzzy kitten XD
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THIS IS SO FREAKING CUTE!!
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BlackYoshi485's avatar
that pikachu really looks real, with some cat-ish look
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