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Semi-realism tutorial by inklou Semi-realism tutorial by inklou
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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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-12-09
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. ( Suggested by Chibi-Fukurou and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Black-Card Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
 After seeing Akihiko Yoshida's art, I've always imagined myself getting into semi realism.  I love the anime style, but it gets boring sometimes.

It's going to feel really weird but, I hope I have the patience for it.
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lXI0l Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god thank you
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FakemonSpriter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Is there by any chance you can show how to make one for girls?
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WarpedGalaxy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
i like it
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hastaru Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm really interested in semi realistic painting, that's why I try to find some step by step pictures and some tutorials. This tutorial is absolutely useful, very thank you for sharing this!!
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Bloodsong13T Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
awesome!  thanks a bunch!
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Winters-Bone Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, was very helpful. (I also like your humouristic ways to explain)
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FullMoonFaerie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You SO much for making this. I'm just starting out with drawing humans after years of just animals, and I'm definitely bookmarking this.
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Aecrimony Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome! Definitely going to use this :heart: Thank you so much!
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ArvaelAvelion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing*.*
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thank you for this tutorial!
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YaoiPizzax3 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been having a hard time from changing my anime style to a semi-realistic one.
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redrose-melody Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I can only say this
Thank you!
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fieveltrue Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Awesome work! but I think that still very manga.
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Halo923 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really, REALLY helpful. Lovely tutorial. :)
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Halo923 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And I don't mean to be a other, but could you also do a tutorial for semi-realism for girls? You don't have to. I just like how this tutorial is formatted and I think you'd do a great job at it. :)
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Astralist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I honestly love this tutorial! Iv'e actually come back a lot to this for insight and for figuring out my new style! So thanks so much for making this tutorial it has really helped a lot of people out! By the way I really love your style!  La la la la 
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DevvyO Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
This is awesome!!! The way you made it obvious to know the features of the face and sketch it. I'm referring this from now on to draw realistic people to anime. 
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animeartix Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
nice! very useful n well explained tutorial. :) 
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Zyfaran Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really useful! Thank you very much! Well-deserved DD, by the way. :D
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CryAnnie Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much! your tutorial was very helpful and i really had fun while learning ^_^
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catna2012 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm always interested in how people draw these amazing semi realistic drawings, thank you so much for this tutorial, it is highly appreciated! (●ω●)
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Shariot20 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this tutorial. Most semi realistic tutorials are about proportion and step by steps of how to draw eyes, noses, ears, etc. This one was quite interesting because it shows how to draw real people semi-realistically
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alaskatrailmutt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Ah!!!!! this is so helpful!!! So that's how it's done!!! :)
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oooh~ serendipity strikes again. Thank you for posting!
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SakuraTaisen12 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist
This is a great tutorial and really helpful but I need a little help on females, any tips?
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Alexxa16 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this!! I adore you for this!!!! I always wanted to represent people but I couldnt find a good way for doing it so thank you Oh thank you!!!
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gigandjett Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HELPS SO MUCH! :iconletmehugyouplz: sorry for the late comment :/
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xKittyRaver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sherlock looks awesome!
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Hiaennyddei Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely awesome. It was exactly the tutorial I was looking for !
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lazyjester7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial.
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Loveless-Yokai Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I love you so much right nowLet me hug you! 
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neoming Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What was the program that you used to make this called? I really love the tutorial thanks ^_^
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inklou Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
everything's done in Photoshop CS3 (but honestly any version would do, it's just some really basic functions).
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xdeathphase Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
This is very inspirational stuff!
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xdeathphase Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Exactly the kind of technique/style I want to learn right now.
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Kyorukki Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
your style is fabuloussss xD
Hopefully one day I'll be as good as you... one day ... :P
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ilovekisshigo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
thank you for sharing!
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Rozara Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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BooScaredYou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This is perfect omfg thank youuuu so muchh!!!
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Moxiddan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh...this is pretty much the best thing I've ever seen. (Tutorial wise) nevertheless, excellent work, my friend.
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buqianbi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
useful!
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StrawberryJewel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This was super helpful! Thanks for uploading ^^
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xChibinChanx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely useful! Thank you for sharing it! Love
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Scribblydoodler Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are awesome. Ever since I first started drawing I knew I wanted to do this kind of style but no one would tell me what it was called! All my friends would point to was the manga style with the huge eyes, or else pure realism with shading to the max. (agh...shading...) Anyway, I finally stumbled onto the word in a drawing by Yuumei that I loved. I was like, "YES! Thank you Deviant art!" And now, thank you inklou. :jumpingjacks: 
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EienSketcher Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...My... gosh... Benedict Cumberbatch! XD
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Silver-Kit Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
benedict's sketch looks super sexy. 

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oh.. and the tutorial is great! :D 
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coldlocked Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is perfect for what I'm doing, 10Q! ((it's a math joke, pronounced like thank you))
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AKimiB Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is very helpful! I'm having issues with.... everything.... *cries* I think I am going to favorite and refer back to this. 
Repeatedly. lol. Thanks!
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IchikasamuSidi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if you want to get into semi-realism do you think it's good to start off using references like real people or just try and make up your own characters.?
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