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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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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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Skulli-exe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this is so helpful, thank you!
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burmawaffle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
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)
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RinYukituji Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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))
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ARTSave17 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Student Writer
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.
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Abbyss Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial! AND you use some of my favorite characters and their actors! That makes it even better! :D
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Yeriin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for this~
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KVDude13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, that's pretty good!
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Minerva17 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, I can draw semi-realism better now. Clap 
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fezudu Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much, that's gonna help me a lot <3 
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11chocolatechip11 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful! 
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9nails Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ATypicalAtypical Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
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
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saltysoul Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes same here! I wanna do some realistic anime faces but can't find anything!
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HeartLandfanguin101 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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PinkCherryGirl Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow you are so good! Thank you! I always wanted to try semi realism! <333 THANK YOUUU
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Araishu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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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klice-chan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been struggling with semi-realism and being able to draw fanart of any kind of TV show without relying on reference 100% for sooo long :D I think that this tutorial is full of helpful advices and reading this I'll be able to move forward way quicker! thanks so much for sharing your knowledge :)
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Robianna07 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you soooo much! I followed the steps and drew a semi-realism portrait of my OC Kanon. It turned out really well (at least as a 1st timer lol) I will post it later!! <3
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Herestia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
YES, YES, YEEEES!! *O* 
Where the hell was this tutorial in all this time?
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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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ZerothBox Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh god thank you
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gouchua 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  Hobbyist
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  Student Digital 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 General Artist
This is really, REALLY helpful. Lovely tutorial. :)
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Halo923 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General 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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Pan-cakuu 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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