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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). 


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


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


rufio o o o by AMSBT  Hunhan by AMSBT Elegance by AMSBT


 namemarcus by andrahilde  Creator meets Creation by andrahilde comemylady by andrahilde


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


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


   Red Paint by Faelicia


Adrian II by Gerwell The Golden Ashes II by Gerwell 


face your demons by Skopt


 AC - Altair by offrecord AC - Wings by offrecord


Ousatsuhei by psydrevo gen by psydrevo ice cold by psydrevo


ants by andaglas   Kreep by andaglas


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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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
ElephantWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's my favourite artist ever ;__;
shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She's awessssssome, yes, yes awesome.
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.
ElephantWendigo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was ironical, since I draw in semi-realism as well.
Gyr633 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

And oh ok.
zummerfish Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore this style :D Thank you for posting a lovely feature :aww:
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!
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.
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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