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PE: Step into realism

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 10:13 AM


What is realism?

Realistic art is art that captures so much detail, it looks almost real/photographic. Fantasy art can also be realism if it the level of shading/tones/ details create a photographic appearance. Realistic art is quite mind blowing. In realism, there are is no lineart. Usually, there is a giant range of tones and colors that breathe together. If it is monochrome, the tones are equally as varied, but greyscale instead. 

Take a look at some breath taking pieces of art:

  Yellow Pepper by Calaymo  Energizer Battery Still Life Drawing by Rollingboxes

Vanitas by unsider
Still life by tincek-marincek

House on Liberty Street by Miss-HyperShadow

Deluge by pbird12
The Sadness by HyperionDreams

The only one that understands by Briscott

Swimming in pastels by Sarahharas07

Elven Moonlight by BethanyFrye
Look Into My Eyes Vector by frankwyte81

Foggy Atmo Test 1(updated) by fizzoman
Risky Business by bryanhible
Realism- Cling by Zehful

Admire that amazing... 
Notice how rich the colors are? How the edges are created by value? 

You may be wondering how any of that is possible. 

Realism and you.
Concepts and curve:
Mastering realism will take lots of time and dedication. You will need patience as well. 
Before you try your newest hyper realism attempt, you may want to consider your understanding of:

Anatomy and construction: If you are trying to render a cute kitty cat, or an interesting vase, you must know how it all fits together. Study anatomy tutorials, watch, and see how all the parts move together. Your kitty should live in your art. Look at your artwork. Notice any flaws? If you were to take your cat out of the drawing, it should be able to walk around, and do kitty things without stumbling because you messed up her/ his legs. 

Color: {Monochrome realism need not apply}  Shadows are not black, highlights are not white. Midtones are not one solid color. Study the color wheel. Check out this godly tutorial created by ziinyu. For example, you are rendering a blue sphere, try shading with a deep purple and brown, use a really pale orange for the highlights. And then using many hues of blue. It will create a much more realistic look than just blue and a few shades and tints. 

Lighting:  Lighting is very important. You need to consider multiple light sources, bouncing light, shadows, highlights, and degrees of light. You also need to think about how light wraps around the object. Changes in value create edges, not a harsh black line of line art. Which is really nice for other styles, but will not result in  photorealistic look at all. 
Check out these: this and that. Very useful. 

You also need to know composition. Otherwise, your uber realistic subject won't have as much of an impact as it could have. :nuu:

Realism Tutorials
Hopefully, you will find some of these helpful. 
So many on humans. 
Painting the Eye by MelissaFindley

Hair painting tutorial by Dianae

Drawing a realistic eye by Edana
A Fur Tutorial: Q + A by CoyoteMange
A Fur Tutorial: Part 2 by CoyoteMange
A Fur Tutorial: Part 1 by CoyoteMange
Fur Tutorial by MinnaSundberg
Fur Tutorial by Tatchit
Video Tutorial - The Road To Visual Badassery - 1 by DarkSilverflame
Pencil Tutorial - Photorealism by ZhaoT
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Photorealism Tutorial by markcrilley
Anime and Realism lips tips by moni158
Realism Tutorial - Esp::Eng by Calaymo
Realism Tutorial by yumix
Video Realistic Fur Tutorial 2012 by NitelyHallow
Pastel Tutorial by Sarahharas07

I hope you enjoyed this article!
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Step into realism!
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
thank you so much for the feature!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
Daroga1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Too bad Realism is a specific style of Art, in a certain time period.
The term that should be used here is "Naturalistic".
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
Well, 'photorealism' and 'semi realism' aren't time periods, but I see what you mean there.
Daroga1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've been hanging around the art department art history branch too long D:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
scarlet-dahlia Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great information! Thanks so much!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
:la: Gld you found it useful!
Zehful Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the feature! Beautiful examples here, and with many different media! Very cool and informative. :)
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   General Artist
:la: Glad you think so! :la:
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