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December 9, 2010
Semi-realism tutorial by ~inklou -- Suggester's words: I believe that this deviation deserves to get a Daily Deviation because of its fun and helpful format. It is unusual to see such a well rendered tutorial on making semi-realistic representation of real people. The writing is fun and non-pretentious. All together it is a solid and well crafted tutorial that gives a good basis for working in the semi-realistic style.
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Semi-realism tutorial

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EDIT: AS A DEVIANT SO KINDLY CORRECTED ME, THAT WONDEROUS PHRASE "BEARD ABOVE MOUTH" WRITTEN SOMEWHERE IN THERE IS CALLED A MOUSTACHE. THIS LEAD ME TO WONDER ABOUT MY INTELLECTUAL STATE BACK WHEN I WAS DOING THIS TUTORIAL. PLEASE DISREGARD THAT DESCRIPTION AFTER HAVING A GOOD LAUGH AT IT.



*** DOWNLOAD FOR FULL VIEW *** ...AND PLEASE EXCUSE ANY TYPOS LOOOOL CUS I FAIL AT THIS PART, ALWAYS :icontearplz:

SO here it is.


I just realized that by doing this, I kind of bit off more than I could chew, because I noticed how incapable I was of ACTUALLY demonstrating how to do semi-realism. I realize that my so called semi-realism style, is far from semi-realistic. I still have a lot to learn, for sometimes I can get ahead of myself and, like the rant I spontaneously placed by the end of the tutorial, I ASSUMED I got all of the character's aspects correct and drew what I thought was accurate without using references. In the end those small sketches at the bottom of the final portrait looks nothing but anime. :thumbsup:

But then again it's no use to get all emo over this cus I know somehow I'll manage to improve :la: //shot

So anyways, I'm just basically sharing some fundamentals I know about drawing a person, if there are loopholes or anything wrong, do tell me! If you find this tutorial helpful, I'll be glad! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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So in this tutorial you mentioned observing the features of a persons face. How do you do that? What all do you need to know in order to do that?

SuzuneAyameCute's avatar
Thank you sooo much for this! Your tutorial is so detailed!!
PCecileArt's avatar
Hahaha your comment under this made me laugh so hard even before I have tried to read the content of the tutorial. Thanks for the tips !
rickys94's avatar
Many Thanks. I usually got confused when it comes to realism. But this tutorial may be my step to learn realism

Once again. Thank you
NexyInes's avatar
Thank you this has been a guide for me a long time.
CherubiUrd's avatar
Thank you so much ^^
Starshinepunk's avatar
I would absolutely love to see a female version of this tutorial! This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! Very informative and straightforward! Hope to see more!
ingot-honey's avatar
Quick question, what do you mean by "reflective" for Simon Baker's eyes?
Skulli-exe's avatar
Omg this is so helpful, thank you!
burmawaffle's avatar
A very useful tutorial, I say. I'll make sure to keep these tips in mind when drawing.

Thank you very much, and hope you also have a good day, ma'dam!
(btw you should've done Hannibal Lector, my god his chin and lips <33)
RinYukituji's avatar
Thank you for making this. This was exactly what I needed. QwQ And, your sketches of the characters do not look like Anime at all! In fact, they are as realistic as they could get! OuO ((Especially Sherlock omgasdfjklsavemysorryexcuseforasoul He looks so pwetty!! TvT))
ARTSave17's avatar
What I like from semi-realism is that people won't get confuse cause all of them has a different trait that makes them stand out. It make the characters more easier to identify.
Abbyss's avatar
Excellent tutorial! AND you use some of my favorite characters and their actors! That makes it even better! :D
Yeriin's avatar
Very helpful! Thanks for this~
KVDude13's avatar
Hey, that's pretty good!
Minerva17's avatar
Really helpful, I can draw semi-realism better now. Clap 
fezudu's avatar
thank you so much, that's gonna help me a lot <3 
11chocolatechip11's avatar
This was really helpful! 
Arch-Core's avatar
Wow, I've been looking for something like this forever. I hate how anime is drawn so perfect and flawless. Also, anime fails to show detail, which makes me rather angry as I love to put WAY too much details in my drawings.
ATypicalAtypical's avatar
I agree. I used to love more of an anime style (I still do) and I only drew in it, but now I'm starting to like semi-realism a lot and I want to start drawing in that style. :D
saltysoul's avatar
yes same here! I wanna do some realistic anime faces but can't find anything!
HeartLandfanguin101's avatar
Same with me. I used to do only anime. Now I just started doing semi-realism and I really like it a lot. I'm planning on switching my focus to semi-realism now. But still draw anime every now and in.
PinkCherryGirl's avatar
Wow you are so good! Thank you! I always wanted to try semi realism! <333 THANK YOUUU
Araishu's avatar
Hopefully with a bit of practice and the information provided in this guide, I will be able to hone my technique. Thank you for making this guide, I am truly grateful :)
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