Gritty Reboots used my realistic pikachu in one of their videos! Pretty flattering.Click to watch!
See where it all started in this process video:[link]
Whew.. where to start. This is a project I started way back in 2008. It began when I first saw the "Super Real Mario Brother" by
The goal was simple: rather than trying to take proportions from existing animals, I thought it would be more appropriate to take Pikachu's actual proportions and turn then into something plausible for the real world.
But not too far into it, I ended up giving up, as, while I could use various references to compose certain parts, I didn't have an easy method of replicating fur, especially along the perimeter of the piece.
As you may know, earlier this year, I finally got my hands on a tablet. And so, just over week ago, I was inspired to pick it back up after seeing "Eevee" by
Using my tablet, I was able to finally achieve a result that I'm pretty satisfied with.
The whole process was highly experimental. I started out simply cutting out parts from source images to create some parts, but eventually, I ended up doing a majority of the fur from scratch, so coming up with ways to create convincing fur was a real challenge. I think it came out pretty well.
Overall, it's been a huge learning experience. I've come to be a whole lot more comfortable using the Burn and Dodge tools in Photoshop, and of course, I was quite chummy with the Liquify filter. XP
If you look carefully at his eyes, you can see a reflection of my head in front of the window behind the sofa on which I was sitting while working on this.
Anyway, I hope I did Pikachu justice! I'll be opening this up to critiques, which is something I've not yet done. Just don't be too hard on me
I might make changes based on your input, so don't be afraid to tell me what looks bad!
Ash, I promised I'd finish this, so here it is finished! I hope when you see this it makes you smile!
(That's Ash as in Ashley, not Ash as in Ash Ketchum, for your information, viewers.)
Please don't use this image without permission.
Pikachu © 1995-2010 Nintendo / GAME FREAK Inc.