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Luna tries to copy a photo by MissLunaRose Luna tries to copy a photo by MissLunaRose
...and look what happens. ;P

This is drawn from one of my potential senior photos. My dad took it in the backyard (as it's much cheaper and more convenient that way). My mom did the makeup.

The facial features are not exact, but they're about as close as I could get them. :dead: I look way too old.

For your amusement, I found some older self-portraits (drawn with mirrors)...
This one was drawn a few months after I joined deviantART.
This one is from when I was 13.
Oh, and this one is almost one year old!

Sketch (which better resembles me)
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PsychoKay Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
That's amazing!

Any tips for someone switching from anime to realism (much like that)?
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! :huggle:

Here are some things I've learned over time. You may already know them, but I'll just tell you as much as I can. You might want to sit back and get comfortable. It's going to be long.

:bulletblue: Drawing what you see (from a photo or real life) is one of the most important skills you can learn. It will allow you to draw absolutely anything, like... detailed inanimate objects. (My friend drew it and I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I showed you.) It's a hard skill to master, but once you've done it, you can draw absolutely anything!
—>While tracing isn't an ideal method for creating finished pictures, digitally tracing an image, discarding the tracing, and then trying to draw from the image can really help, especially when you're having difficulty drawing a certain spot. ;)

:bulletblue: The best way to learn anatomy or make a good pose is by referring to a photo for reference. I usually see a marked increase in the quality of my artwork whenever I do that. =Fyuvix has at least one good tutorial on that.
I worked closely from a photo for this picture. I could never draw something like this from straight out of my head.

:bulletblue: Any artist will tell you the best way to improve is practice. I wholeheartedly agree: practice helps a TON. But some forms of practice are better than others. For example, if you draw the exact same type of eye over and over again, are you really getting better? Probably not! You typically grow the most when you decide to experiment with your style. So don't be afraid to try something new, even if it ends up looking really ugly. Nobody has to see it, anyway. And sometimes you discover awesome new techniques.

:bulletblue: When you get better at realism, you also get better at anime. At least, that's what I find when I occasionally try to draw anime again. ;)

:bulletblue: DeviantART has a lot of tutorials that can teach you new tips and tricks. If you haven't already, you can +watch or join tutorial groups like #Divine-Tutorials, #Tutorial-City, #Drawing-Tutorials and others to get a bunch of them in your inbox. (Here are some ones that really help me.) =Fyuvix in particular has a gallery that's worth stalking; her tutorials are GREAT.

:bulletblue: Have patience, and don't give up! Learning realism takes a really long time. It took me five or six years of lots of practice to get from about where you are to where I am now. Here's my improvement meme, if it inspires or comforts you. You usually can't see your improvement until you look back at things you drew at least six months ago. It can be really frustrating, but if you don't give up, I know you can do it. :hug:

So... yeah, that was quite the essay! In any case, here's how to save comments in your inbox if you'd like to keep this. I hope I was of help! :D
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PsychoKay Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to write all this for me!

Another question that happened to pop up was when you said tracing the image. I'm more on the side of traditional art for realism (I prefer it over digital even if almost 90% of my deviations are digital) so could you possibly re-explain the arrow of your first bullet?

I'm sorry for asking even more, I really appreciate all the information you've given me. :)
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chillydragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Wow. You really have talent. I love her smile, the way you choose colors, and esp the look in her eyes. Beautiful!
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot! :huggle:
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Spottedstallion Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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thisthatagain Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have the beauty of an Elf :D
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
Thanks. :love:
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thisthatagain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :) Very nice drawing.
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