Inspiration

30 Amazing Semi-Photorealistic 3D Cartoon Characters

February 22nd, 2010

Since the origin of 3D graphics, designers attempts to create photo-realistic imagery. Although achieving genuine-looking graphics is a difficult challenge, some artists manage to achieve extraordinary results. Photorealism opens up new ways for creativity and innovation.

In this collection we bring you some of the inspiring semi-photorealistic 3D cartoon characters from various artists across the globe. You’ll find famous cartoon characters, movie stars, celebrities and original characters alike, so dig in and make sure to check out the artists’ portfolios for more goodies!

Beautiful Semi-Photorealistic 3D Cartoon Characters

Vladimir by Fred Bastide

Image: Fred Bastide - Vladimir

Mz. Crabapple by Tony Mesiatowsky

Image: Tony Mesiatowsky - Mz. Crabapple

Untitled by Richard Rosenman

Image: Richard Rosenman - Untitled

Jennifer by Jonathan Simard

Image: Jonathan Simard - Jennifer

#empty by Anthony Guebels

Image: Anthony Guebels - #empty

Couchepin by Fred Bastide

Image: Fred Bastide - Couchepin

Mr T by Lee Davies

Image: Lee Davies - Mr T

Stan Winston Tribute by Krishnamurti Costa

Image: Krishnamurti Costa - Stan Winston Tribute

Animator Guy by Krishnamurti Costa

Image: Krishnamurti Costa - Animator Guy

Thomas, the Plumber by Krishnamurti Costa

Image: Krishnamurti Costa - Thomas, the Plumber

Thom Yorke caricature by Andrew Hickinbottom

Image: Andrew Hickinbottom - Thom Yorke caricature

Will smith by Mrpeculiar

Image: Mrpeculiar - Will smith

Gordon ramsay by Mrpeculiar

Image: Mrpeculiar - Gordon ramsay

Patrick Star by Brushcommander

Image: Brushcommander - Patrick Star

Old Man by Cristian Patrasciuc

Image: Cristian Patrasciuc - Old Man

Emocionado by Misael Barbosa

Image: Misael Barbosa - Emocionado

Elmer Fudd by Magdalena Dadela

Image: Magdalena Dadela - #empty

Bar Scene 1 by Michael Sormann

Image: Michael Sormann - Bar Scene 1

Caricature by Marco Carminati

Image: Marco Carminati - Caricature

The Owl Hunter by Sergey Kolesov

Image: Sergey Kolesov - The Owl Hunter

JJimi Hendrix – The Guitar Legend by Marcin Klicki

Image: Marcin Klicki - JJimi Hendrix - The Guitar Legend

Giuseppe by Laurent Pierlot

Image: Laurent Pierlot - Giuseppe

Little Man From Another Place by Andrei Cristea

Image: Andrei Cristea - Little Man From Another Place

Fern the Farmer by Team CHEVisodes

Image: Team CHEVisodes - Fern the Farmer

The Big Cowboy by Gustavo Federico

Image: Gustavo Federico - The Big Cowboy

Untitled by Brent Wong

Image: Brent Wong - Untitled

The Strange Man by Gustavo Federico

Image: Gustavo Federico - The Strange Man

Evil Witch by Sven Gerusckhat

Image: Sven Gerusckhat - Evil Witch

Somebody by Weiye Yin

Image: Weiye Yin - Somebody

Untitled by Shannon Thomas

Image: Shannon Thomas - Untitled

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Jordan Walker
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6 years 4 months ago

What a character!

Duncan
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6 years 4 months ago

Wow! And I thought the Homer Simpson one was good. Setting Jimi as my wallpaper right this second. Nice collection

NJ Web Designs
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6 years 4 months ago

Cool Gallery..

carl stratton
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6 years 4 months ago

Loving these! Hendrix is timeless!!
Good work chaps. Carl.

JC
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection. Some truly amazing work here. The detail level on these is astounding. THX!

isht
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6 years 4 months ago

Quite cool…

Damian
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6 years 4 months ago

great work…

PanamArq
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6 years 4 months ago

Awesome! Some are so creepy and disturbing. I especially like Fern the Farmer

nuemedia
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6 years 4 months ago

Awesome collection. Really like the The Strange Man by Gustavo Federico

james
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james
6 years 4 months ago

I love this one of fat jon

Jen Walter
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6 years 4 months ago

These are wonderful. Makes me want to all my work away and work on something a bit more fun today. :) nice post.

Aidan
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6 years 4 months ago

Awesome! It’s so life-like.

Nina
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6 years 4 months ago

Wonderful collection, very inspiring!
Thanks for sharing :)

Chris
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6 years 4 months ago

I am strictly a web designer, no 3-d background but what I am seeing here blows me away. Great job with the collection!

Larry McGough
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6 years 4 months ago

If I could have 1/2 of the talent the artists who made these images have…

Tom - Airopia
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6 years 4 months ago

Cooooooool!

Kartlos Tchavelachvili
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6 years 4 months ago

You should include this music video as wel :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oepXF2B5NK4

Ben Teoh
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Ben Teoh
6 years 4 months ago

Nice caricatures.

FelipeBorcard
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6 years 4 months ago

NICE VERY GOOD

Anna
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6 years 4 months ago

These are really impressive!

Homeopatia
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6 years 4 months ago

Holaa

Me encanatron las caricaturas..Realmente dan impresion ya que son muy reales!

Muy buena coleccion!

Saludos

Nick Burd
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6 years 4 months ago

The witch is quite possibly the one that might show up in my dreams, forcing me into a cold sweat, and the inability to sleep. :D

Great selection. I enjoyed it. Specially the Will Smith image. lol

King
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King
6 years 4 months ago

Need more such characters…

XHTML TEAM
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6 years 4 months ago

Awesome collection… Thanks for sharing :)

Peter Q
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Peter Q
6 years 4 months ago

I am guessing that many of these are done with “Blender” or a similar 3D Tool. It would be fun to get some of the source files for them, and play around with changes.

thecode09
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thecode09
6 years 4 months ago

T•E•R•R•I•B•L•E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brow
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6 years 4 months ago

I love these. Would be cool to see how the actual characters are made…maybe a speed video or something. :)

Catherine Azzarello
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6 years 4 months ago

Wow! Now my subconscious has new inspirations to build my nightmares! ;-)

Goran
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6 years 4 months ago

Amazing stuff… Thanks for sharing.

Tom Lewis
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6 years 4 months ago

Some of those are freak scary, id love to see that evil witch animated into a short film.

Dave
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Dave
6 years 4 months ago

The plumber looks like he’s fixing toiles in post-apocalyptia!

Alvaro
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6 years 4 months ago

Excellent collection!

Kirk
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6 years 3 months ago

These models are so very cool. I wish I had a tenth the creativity that these artists have.

Laura
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Laura
6 years 3 months ago

The Patrick Star one: There are some things that you can’t unsee. They’re all amazing, though.

selva cameraman
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selva cameraman
6 years 2 months ago

its coool some one not understand ple write names

ME
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6 years 2 months ago

That’s Pretty Much Inspiring … Great Work Mates !!!

Sadananda Bhuti
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Sadananda Bhuti
6 years 1 month ago

Wonderful collection,Thanks for sharing :-)

Dante
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Dante
5 years 9 months ago

How could i get one of these done for a character based on description?

MIJNeigenBEELD
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5 years 7 months ago

Wow great drawing’s

NaughtyBlogger
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5 years 6 months ago

very nice photos but too much funny…!! :P

Door Knobs
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5 years 5 months ago

I’m getting a javascript error, is anyone else?

sangita
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sangita
5 years 4 months ago

what a character sir..really i m very much inspired to u.
sir this is my blog creativecornerblog.blogspot.com
plz see it once..i m beginner now in 3d and Zbrush.

kaungthatsan
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4 years 11 months ago

so good, thank’s

Shana
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Shana
4 years 3 months ago

Wooooooooooooowwwww! Those are gorgeous 3d models :) Excellent!!!

Blair Howatt
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4 years 2 months ago

Freaking awsome!

I was surfing the web looking for images of an old man for this weeks editorial cartoon and happened across your website. Keep up the good work!

Enough surfing…..I must get back to work!

Cheers

Sarah Alex
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Sarah Alex
3 years 6 months ago

This is very fantastic colleection of 3d cartoon characters.
Interesting work , nicely done.
I like it

Thanks Admin

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3 years 1 month ago

The technical side of these artworks is great. But why do characters always have to be ugly and contorted into bizarre shapes? Can’t someone make some that are beautiful?

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