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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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TeddyBearsAndRavers 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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galadriel-the-small Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You look really pretty in this drawing! ;P
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :aww:

By the way, your icon is really cute.
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galadriel-the-small Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thank you very much!
I love your art style it is really nice! :hug:
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome, and thank you! :huggle:
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galadriel-the-small Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:
No Problem! :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
IT's lovely! ^_^
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :love:
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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is pretty good! (must better than I could ever do at this point. xD)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

It just takes practice. :D
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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe that's what I hear. All I need is practice and the motivation to practice. xD
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   General Artist
That's what studies show. :)
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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz
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Thunder-sama Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww love the eye color and very realstic! :) although you do look very young on this its still great the eye may be slightly off thore but only slightly the only think what would make it perfect is if the skin had more color on to it but thats just my personal opion ^^" anyways great work you should be proud of this :D and i fav this
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

The skin color was quite the pain! It was all weird on my reference photo. I'm not sure if I've represented it accurately or not, but I'll definitely take your thoughts into consideration. Thanks!
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zoozooart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Hey this is amazing cousin! :)
love!
Maryangela T
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
Thanks. :huggle:

Hey, you made a dA! I'm glad to see you on here. :D
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zoozooart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Yeah this is a super cool site!!
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
Yeah. I really like it here. I didn't understand the site when I first joined, but now that I do, I can see a ton of cool things to do here. This may be a sign of addiction. It really is an awesome art-sharing community.
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strong789 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Ohhh! It came out really nice! :D
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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Titanium-Alex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I'm kind of okay at copying photos...but in this history of all photos taken of me there is about 1 nice one...I cannot draw faces from life x] they end up looking just pain odd.
You're really pretty ;D and I like the sketch as well.
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   General Artist
It's hard to do! :D

Thanks. :hug:
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Titanium-Alex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Heh, it is! No problem ;D
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Terlia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow!!! You're really pretty!!! :D
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :huggle:
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how we did my</i> senior pictures!!! :D :D :D Much much smarter than spending thousands on a studio set... --_--''' Very very nice! :D

And an excellent job on your face, too. :D I do horrible when I try to make self-portraits... --_--''' Good good work! :)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   General Artist
Cool!
Yes, it's much more convenient that way. :D

Thank you!
Self-portraits are hard indeed. With practice, I'm sure you'l get better! :glomp:
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Augh, yes. Plus Wal-Mart prices are really hard to beat. :)

You're welcome! :hug:
Ugh. I agree. I think it's lots easier to do other people's faces... --_--''' Hee, I hope so. :)
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Reinka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Lovely!! :)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Reinka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
You're welcome C:
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Zjossy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Amazing! The only thing that looks a little bit off are the eyes... (But even they are muchhhhh better then I can do (at least, that realistically))
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

...How do they look off?
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Zjossy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I don't really know. (Though I must say, they're much better on this computer...)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   General Artist
Hmm. Maybe it's the colors? Older monitors sometimes mess up colors.
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u-fido-u Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous job! :) Ai, I can't wait to get my senior pictures done. :)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
Thank you!

I bet you'll look nice. :D
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u-fido-u Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I hope so ahaha
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Mingbatrox108 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOOKS AMAZINF!
just like chu :iconlovesqueeplz:
See what I did there :iconk-coolplz:
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :tighthug: You flatter me.
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