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Spreading Semi-Realism appreciation!

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 3:36 PM
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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

:iconskopt:
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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:iconshuu-washuu:
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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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's my favourite artist ever ;__;
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:iconshuu-washuu:
shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She's awessssssome, yes, yes awesome.
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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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: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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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ironic*

And oh ok.
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ummiehummie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Semi-realism gotta be the style I love the most :>
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great collection! I've already been following like every single one of these great artists/idols, haha. Just a little more time and work and just maybe I'll try to be as good as they are! At least, that's what I'm hoping to achieve someday. :)
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Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
I lo-o-ove semi-realists. I love u all guys. :iconloveloveplz: The ones I watch and the ones I don't.
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TheSwissCookie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow *_* So many great artists
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Xexilia-the-Bat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for making this feature; While not included, it's nice to see other artist's also fighting to blend realism and manga--an uphill battle for many of us. While I like my style, most anime fans complain "it's too real" and such anime/manga groups on dA deny it for the same reasons; And realism groups? Say it's "too manga". Thanks for giving notice to those out there trying to introduce a new breed of style!
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Cogetta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Wish I could draw semi-realism because the work is fantastic!
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PaddyMoonshade Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok, i try to write something in english ç_ç sigh.

I like this "style", and follow many this artists yet. I love it because connect anatomic reserch and simplification: this makes a unic and, very important, honogeneus style.
I prefer traditional color {watercolor, papers, pencil...} but this style I think plays because the line, the hand's artist, is strong.

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djghrth pessimo inglese. Comunque, è uno stile che mi piace molto perché unisce una buona ricerca anatomica con la semplificazione del manga, che è più grafico, creando così dei movimenti più plastici e morbidi, su cui il colore digitale si appoggia e sottolinea la forza della linea. [questo l'ho dedotto guardando uno dei video caricati su you tube durante la colorazione :) ]. Si crea quindi uno stile che ha dei punti in comune e, anche se ogni autore ha uno stile suo, è comunque omogeneo nel gruppo".
Di norma preferisco il colore tradizionale, ma mi piaccoino molto questo tipo di artisti perché vedo sempre molta ricerca anatomica in questo tipo di disegno, e la linea già è molto forte di suo.
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Purtroppo non ci sono molti artisti che conosco che usano questo stile su supporti tradizionali. sigh.
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PaddyMoonshade Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
In realtà la vostra è una delle poche colorazioni digitale che mi piace sempre *_* { ç_ç e io sono totalmente incapace perché sono paleolitica e vi invidio di bestia la familiarità con cui riuscite a usarla }
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Veramente ci vogliono anni per imparare ma basta comprarsi una tavoletta grafica e guardare un po' di tutorial di artist di deviantART. Insegnano molto di più che i professori a scuola...
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Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolute favorite style! Thank you so much for this. I already watch some of these artists haha :)
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everfae Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
My favourite type of art. Thanks for featuring! They're beautiful :)
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this, I really like semi-realism and I wish I could do it. I will definitly take a closer look at all of them :)
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ajsandland Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WATCH WATCH WATCH WATCHES EVERYWHERE

I thoroughly enjoy this article. It's a style I wish I could pull off. I'm too impatient for realism and too realistic for manga-style.
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Severe-Lacerations Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! I was watching a few of these already, but there are other wonderful artists there that I'm going to add to my list right away! I love semi-realism style.
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OlinemJestem Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I'll show you some great deviants you didn't mention (maybe you know them, but anyway.. :D)
:iconhellstern: :iconarsinoes: :iconvmbui: :iconcreature13: :iconcuson: :icondesperish: :iconjace-wallace: :iconmezamero: :la:

Some of them are more into manga, some of them are more into realism...some of them are typical semi-realism artists <3
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ok let's say one thing about those artists since I watch all of them as well.
:iconhellstern: makes digital art. A little cartoonish but it's not manga at all. So for me it's not semi-realism but some advanced digital stuff. Same for :iconarsinoes: and :iconcuson:.
:iconvmbui: is still too close to manga imo. Same for :iconmezamero:.
:iconcreature13: is into cartoons and comic art.
:iconjace-wallace: is high quality digital art, but closer to realism.
:icondesperish: could fit.
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:iconolinemjestem:
OlinemJestem Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Okay :) Sometimes I have problem with "What could be this artist's style called?" :XD:
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:iconsirwendigo:
SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh don't worry because label a style is not easy at all. This is just my opinion, I'm not expert.
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OlinemJestem Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I would even say it's hard to define what is semi-realistic and what is more into cartoon :faint:
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Narrenzauber Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
While I love semi-realism, i wouldn't say that it is a missing link between manga and digital art. What about traditional art? I've seen quite amazing traditional pieces in this style. And no I am not a defender of the poor underestimated traditional mediums. ^^" But I wanted to say that I am not sure if this style is only based on the digital medium.

There is also something I am wondering about. It's true that semi-realism is often based on manga or the artist developed the style, because in the past he/ she drew a lot of manga things. But what about people, who aren't drawing real realism nor cartoonish things. Something in between. Maybe based on the American or European cartoon? How would you call it? I am just curious.

Oh and thank you for sharing theses artists! I need to take a look!
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SirWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh indeed. I could've said it's between manga and the quality of digital art. That would have been more appropriate.
Also I'm sure many of these artists haven't started with manga style.
But semi-realism, for me is really similar to 'final fantasy' art style. The others semi-realism, the one between real realism and American/European cartoon could be considered 'digital art/traditional art'.
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