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Spreading Semi-Realism appreciation!

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 3:36 PM
cloud rhapsody by anndr
'Cloud rhapsody' by anndr

Since I believe the efforts of semi-realism artists are not sufficiently appreciated, because there are so many fantastic illustrations in this style that does not have the right visibility on here, I decided to create an article to advertise these artists that are, for me, the 'new faces' of this fashionable and yet so difficult art style.
First of all, Semi-realism is a drawing style derived from mangas but more complex in terms of style. Indeed, if we want to be more precise, it is the missing link between mangas and digital art. No giant eyes but neither skin blemishes. 
I would really appreciate if dA could add a category for this particular art style but I can easily admit the boundaries to define this style are very labile.
Well, after this brief introduction, I'm featuring some samples of this style from really talented people. Many of these artists came directly from the manga world, but perhaps not fully satisfied with it, they started to complicate their lives for real. Because semi-realism is difficult, really. You must know anatomy and other boring stuff, but BLAH BLAH BLAH. Too much talking. 
Enjoy this little feature. I hope you will find some new artists to watch and stalk (in alphabetical order). 


AKIRA-666

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::: Pillow of Your Bones ::: by aKiRa-666 ::: see me forever ::: by aKiRa-666 ::: Waiting ::: -for ethe- by aKiRa-666


ALEXZAPPA

:iconalexzappa:
++ COMMISSION ++ GREYSON by alexzappa miss the summer. by alexzappa ++ COMMISSION ++ Kei by alexzappa


AMSBT

:iconamsbt:
rufio o o o by AMSBT  Hunhan by AMSBT Elegance by AMSBT



ANDRAHILDE

:iconandrahilde:
 namemarcus by andrahilde  Creator meets Creation by andrahilde comemylady by andrahilde


ANNDR

:iconanndr:
Gun n' Sword by anndr White Praying Mantis by anndr Opalus by anndr



CASHILE

:iconcashile:
AT - Cuts by Cashile Tranquilien by Cashile F - A Forgotten Portrait by Cashile



FAELICIA

:iconfaelicia:
   Red Paint by Faelicia



GERWELL

:icongerwell:
Adrian II by Gerwell The Golden Ashes II by Gerwell 


MELOKI

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face your demons by Skopt


OFFRECORD

:iconoffrecord:
 AC - Altair by offrecord AC - Wings by offrecord



PSYDREVO

:iconpsydrevo:
Ousatsuhei by psydrevo gen by psydrevo ice cold by psydrevo


ST-BOOMER

:iconandaglas:
ants by andaglas   Kreep by andaglas


VIRUS-AC

:iconvirus-ac:
A by Virus-AC XXXIII | Vampire Maverick by Virus-AC AC II by Virus-AC 


Dulcis in fundo! I hope you enjoyed the journey! :heart:


Sorry if my English is awkward. It's not my mother tongue ^^'
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:iconeeren:
Eeren Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ecco la mia feature sul semi-realismo! [link] :heart:
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HideTheDecay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not appreciated? God. It's the style I long for so bad. You listed many of the artists I admire and feel weirdly frustrated at seeing. I want to just osmosis their talent and steal it for my own. Semi-realism is so fantastic. Maybe some day...in 5 years or so. I'll be able to do it too :D
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Domisea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I cant say much more than 'semi-realism FTW ' :D
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GeekJ Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is so cool and very helpful. They're art work look so gorgeous.
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Naraciel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love semi-realistic art so much *w*
thank you for presenting those great artists to us >w<
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lizzy-moon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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M34g4nCr0w13y Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is just what I needed! I'm sick of people calling my style Anime, just because it isn't completely realistic! I try to tell them, if I was going for real EVERY time it would be 100% more difficult and less interesting to me. I do realistic sometimes, it's not the same. You can't pull stuff out of your head and make it look entirely real. So people are like, oh, your nose is too flat and the people are too pretty, obviously you are inspired by the anime/manga style. Shut your mouth you little poop stain I will punch you and that is how those conversations end. :) Anyway, thanks for the link to the INCREDIBLE art. And the appreciation article.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ironic*

And oh ok.
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Rochioo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow great topic!!!!i love the feature artist!!!:D
im practicing and I hope someday to be as good as them!!!!!!!!:D
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Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Interesting. Thank you for making me see the difference between the different kinds of realisms because I didn't know there were differences between them. If only more people could explain the differences then people wouldn't get confused.
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She's awessssssome, yes, yes awesome.
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's my favourite artist ever ;__;
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh god I haven't logged in there for years, but you're right! Found her, and lots of squeeling happened :D
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:iconsirwendigo:
SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was ironical, since I draw in semi-realism as well.
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Her new stuff is on Y-gallery ;3;
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anniefelis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I'd still say there are realistic aspects to that. Look at the lighting. It's stylized, but it's still based off reality so I'd call it realism.
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why is AKIRA-666 newest art 7 years old ;_;

Also, I think I my personal guru and master of this stylization forever will be ~azhrarn I always wanted to learn to get on that level and it never really worked xD but yeah major inspiration
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
...okay, read some comments in the mean time, and I'm not really sure, because apparently art like this [link] is not counted because it's too close to manga. So I guess I ended babbling something stupid in my previous post xD
That was just a theory, and observation, anyway!
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think semi-realism was coined somewhere around time many manga-artist started to learn to draw in more realistic fashion, but still kept things pretty enough to not be considered "realistic" [see, for example *heise ]. I've heard and seen numerous arguments about many of the pictures featured here that they can't be considered realism, because the man don't look like that, because hair don't work like that, because faces don't have shape like that, because the eyes are too big etc, etc.
Also I think the sort of mentality "I learned to draw from manga, I still don't have enough proper training in realitic painting, to call stuff I do realism, look it's also not really realistic!" comes here too.
So instead in fighting and changing to be more in the in rules of the term, they just made another one that didn't bear the same, I dunno, seriousness as realism.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They all kind of have the same style....Also, I do not believe drawing anatomy is boring. It is quite necessary.
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anniefelis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Those two last images you shared are photorealism, meaning that they are done without any stylization, that they are a full representation of real life. People don't realize they difference between photorealism and plain realism, and that's where this "semi-realism" or even that "anime-realism" stuff come from. Realism just means that it comes from reality, that it is influenced by reality and meant to appear real to us in some way. Granted, all styles of art are grounded in reality in some way (which is why cartoons of humans still look human), but realistic proportions or realistic lighting can be what leads to us calling something "realism".
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore this style :D Thank you for posting a lovely feature :aww:
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, I just love semi-realism! I really wish I some day had the skill to draw in a semi-realistic style as well, like the artists here... Beautiful, realistic, but imaginative at the same time:heart:
Semi-realism is better than realism in my opinion exactly because there's more room for creativity and personality, at least in my opinion. Your typical anime/manga style (depending on the genre, of course) is often rather limiting or too unrealistic for my taste. Even though sometimes realism works better than anything else and sometimes cartoony or anime/manga styoe works better:nod:
But my favorite style is semi-realism!

Too bad I'm stuck with a style that I desperately claim to not be anime buuut I'll keep on practicing and get there!

Thank you for this feature:heart: I found a lot of great new artists!
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't know if it really is something that comes from manga. look historically for example, groups like the pre-raphaelites and even modern fantasy artists and comic artists like alex ross work in a similar fashion.
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Jushiji Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There should totally be a semi-realism category. . .
All I do is semi.
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BloodTalonHero Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Amazing artwork.s I hope they include a semi-realism option.
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Sugar-H Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Great choices, hope it becomes an official category some day.. ^^
ThanQ.
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arashi-chi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Oh yes.Thank you for wpreading their art around,because they're so awesome :>
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guelpacq Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student
These are all just really amazing! I've been practicing drawing for a few years, and during that time, I realized that drawing in semi-realistic/comic style is the way I want to do that.

If you see some of my works, most of them are character design sketches. I started studying more about art in college since last year, and in my spare time, I started learning and practicing how to color my sketches with traditional and digital tools not too long ago.
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Eeren Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahahahah! :D
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No più che altro io poi do troppi suggerimenti XDD
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:iconeeren:
Eeren Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AHahah, sì meglio che smettiamo: non vorrei che sembrasse che ti sto corrompendo XD
Crepi! ^O^
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Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're right some people would dislike you for saying that and you are right. I do not want to start an argument if this has the possibility to become one, but I actually saw on DA someone give this style a different name (not semi-realism or realism) and that name was anime-realism although I guess it more applies to pictures like this [link] when people put anime into the realism style (I could be wrong). Although I think the reason people see this style as semi-realism/anime-realism is because the skin in the pictures is too smooth and perfect to be real as well as other features of the characters which are just too good to be realistic. Also I think when people think of the realism style they think the person must have pores in the skin like in these pictures [link] and [link] as you might see the realism has been taken a step or two further than the pictures in this journal.
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Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm actually practising the semi-realism style and yes, it is very hard, but it's harder when applying it to line art and leaving the line art there like in comics. Although as hard as it is, it's not stopping me I like the style and have fun with it.
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anniefelis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This post will probably get me some dislike, but...

There is no "semi-realism". There is photorealism (where things look as they do in life), and then just plain realism, meaning something is grounded in reality even with slight stylization. Those artists you're featuring? Realism. They're not super-stylizing things to the point that they don't look like they're part of our reality anymore.
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XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG I'm watching a few of those artists now. There are so many good artists out there =3.
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fragileBricks Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I love this <3 Going to watch some~
Would :iconphoenixlu:'s style be something like this?C:
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FreyaKarstein Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
you're totally right!
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:iconsirwendigo:
SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Smetto subito con i consigli altrimenti ti confondo. XD In bocca al lupo.
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ryukaiun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love this ... the art samples and the expression of your opinions on semi-realism. I think I will be adding a few more names to my watch list. ;)
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Eeren Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Non so... è che io ho un'idea precisa in mente, ma l'interazione con l'ambiente non è "ovvia". C'è di mezzo del ghiaccio e della neve, sì, ma diciamo che servono più che altro ad esprimere uno stato d'animo, piuttosto che una vera e propria interazione con la stagione. ^^' Uff... è difficile da spiegare :D
Vabbè, io ci provo e spero che vada bene e che ti piaccia :)
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PLstronghold Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Todos são excepcionalmente ótimos, incluindo você :dummy:
Embora eu seja a favor da experimentação no que diz respeito a criação sem se prender a rótulos, isso é bom pra quando se precisa falar ou até mesmo descrever um trabalho pra alguém que não está vendo/não conhece.

Acho que encontrei uma definição condizente com o meu traço >_<
Muito bom.
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Allora 'slice of life in winter' significa che stanno facendo qualcosa in inverno. Anche stare sotto la neve può essere 'fare qualcosa' ma dev'essere evidente.
Purtroppo nessuno ha capito questa cosa e molti sono andati fuori tema ma verranno penalizzati. Ti consiglierei di non andare sulla prima cosa che ti viene in mente (ma nemmeno complicarti la vita) ahah!
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I will do that someday as well.
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:iconeeren:
Eeren Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Anche io a volte non so dove mettere le cose! O_O''
Dai, dai appena ho un secondo lo faccio pure io! :D Tanto ultimamente mi è presa la fissa per le feature, quindi mi divertirò il doppio! :D
-Ho appena iniziato il disegno per il tuo contest!! Spero di fare in tempo!! >O<'' Ho solo una domanda sciocca da farti: il tema "invernoso" deve interagire in qualche modo con i personaggi o l'importante è che ci siano dei tratti "d'inverno"? Mi spiego: devono fare a palle di neve, o può esserci semplicemente uno sfondo innevato?- ^^
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Aaraujo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh right haha yeah, I know how those things go. I'm actually getting my name changed legally because of something like this, So I understand you.
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Fangirl-of-Ace Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
A pretty good name for it -- I usually just call it 'stylized', but it'd be good to have a proper name for it.
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pfff it's not Jared, but I'd prefer this. X) I don't feel comfortable with my actual name.
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ummiehummie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Semi-realism gotta be the style I love the most :>
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:iconaaraujo:
Aaraujo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I do remember reading about how your old deviant name came to be, but I never learned your actual name. Jared it is =) good to know!
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