Character Realism

7 Mar

Hi! I’m Alia and I’m happy to be the new writer for the geek art section. When I have some free time, I like to browse the art on Etsy and DeviantART to see what my fellow artists and crafters have been doing.

Super Mario Brothers Fanart by living-oxymoron

Super Mario Brothers Fanart by living-oxymoron


I am amazed at some of the fan art out there. I’m sure we’ve all doodled our favorite characters into the margins of our notebooks at one point or another, but these artists have taken their character love to a higher level. The collection of art on this page is not only stunning in its execution, but in the realism the artists have instilled in the characters.




Patrick Star by SoupAndButter

Patrick Star by SoupAndButter

Many characters have exaggerated or unrealistic features, so it must be a very difficult task to make them realistic while still maintaining their recognizable looks. These days computer animation and special effects makeup doesn’t make it hard to create life-like video games and fantasy movies, but converting characters that have always had a certain style into something that looks real is definitely a fresh take on fan art.

Intrigued? Check out these other epic pieces.

I love these oil paintings of Dragon Ball villains. The cruel smirk on Freeza face, in particular, makes me want to find Goku so I can cower behind him in fear.

Dragon Ball Villains by nachomolina

Dragon Ball Villains by nachomolina

Pikachu by egriz

Pikachu by egriz

There is apparently some debate on whether Pikachu should be portrayed as a cat or a rodent. I personally think it looks more like a rodent. This digital painting by Egriz does a great job of making it look like a real creature, especially while dealing with a zig-zag tail. The lightning detail is an awesome touch.
Link and Navi by FreyWillhazen

Link and Navi by FreyWillhazen

Ganondorf by Toguza

Ganondorf by Toguza













There are a surprisingly (or maybe not so?) large amount of realistic Legend of Zelda character portraits out there. If you are a Zelda fan, I suggest checking out the DeviantART group #Zelda-Critic. They accept only the best Zelda artwork and have some amazing pieces, including these of Link and Ganon. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out Mom’s Basement’s own DevaintART group: #Moms-Basement. I am the new curator and we are accepting new members and artwork! We would be thrilled to have you as part of our group.


Many Deviant artists sell prints of their work, either on DeviantART or Etsy. Don’t see your favorite character? Some DeviantART groups have a list of artists willing to do commissions so you can have your own realistic fan favorite to fawn over. As for me, I already have this amazing print hanging on my bedroom wall:

Invaders by Doomsplosion

Invaders by Doomsplosion



More awesome character art in the Etsy Treasury below!

Metroid Samus Aran …


Okami Shiranui Brea…


Yoshi IRL – New Lif…


We’re Gonna Nee…


Print of Watercolor…


This Was a Triumph …


bit and run pt.1


Croquet (print) – A…


6 Responses to “Character Realism”

  1. chopstickilla March 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Oh wow, I love it! I guess I never realized how much realistic character art there was… beautiful stuff.

  2. The Zombie Jester (@TheZombieJester) March 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm #


  3. RydreDusks March 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Fantastic! I couldn’t stop staring at the Zelda pieces. Character Realism is a very cool concept, and something that I’ve been intrigued by since I started drawing.

  4. Lady-Elenya March 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    nice :)

  5. Jim March 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi Alia i love your Blog! The information is great keep it up. It is useful.


  1. Character Realism Part 2 « Mom's Basement - September 5, 2012

    […] really enjoy seeing popular characters re-imagined, particularly in a realistic fashion. My very first post here on Mom’s Basement was on this topic, and this week I decided to re-visit the subject to […]

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