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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47 comments for „30 Amazing Semi-Photorealistic 3D Cartoon Characters
  1. Jordan Walker on February 22nd, 2010 at 5:52 am

    What a character!

  2. Duncan on February 22nd, 2010 at 5:53 am

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

  3. NJ Web Designs on February 22nd, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Cool Gallery..

  4. carl stratton on February 22nd, 2010 at 6:28 am

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

  5. JC on February 22nd, 2010 at 6:31 am

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

  6. isht on February 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Quite cool…

  7. Damian on February 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 am

    great work…

  8. PanamArq on February 22nd, 2010 at 7:22 am

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

  9. nuemedia on February 22nd, 2010 at 8:01 am

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

  10. james on February 22nd, 2010 at 8:26 am
  11. Jen Walter on February 22nd, 2010 at 8:27 am

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

  12. Aidan on February 22nd, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Awesome! It’s so life-like.

  13. Nina on February 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Wonderful collection, very inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Chris on February 22nd, 2010 at 9:23 am

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

  15. Larry McGough on February 22nd, 2010 at 10:18 am

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

  16. Tom - Airopia on February 22nd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Cooooooool!

  17. Kartlos Tchavelachvili on February 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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

  18. Ben Teoh on February 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Nice caricatures.

  19. FelipeBorcard on February 22nd, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    NICE VERY GOOD

  20. Anna on February 22nd, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    These are really impressive!

  21. Homeopatia on February 22nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Holaa

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

    Muy buena coleccion!

    Saludos

  22. Nick Burd on February 22nd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    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

  23. King on February 22nd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Need more such characters…

  24. XHTML TEAM on February 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome collection… Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Peter Q on February 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    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.

  26. thecode09 on February 23rd, 2010 at 2:50 am

    T•E•R•R•I•B•L•E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Brow on February 23rd, 2010 at 4:53 am

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

  28. Catherine Azzarello on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

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

  29. Goran on February 23rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Amazing stuff… Thanks for sharing.

  30. Tom Lewis on February 24th, 2010 at 3:31 am

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

  31. Dave on February 24th, 2010 at 4:52 am

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

  32. Alvaro on February 25th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Excellent collection!

  33. Kirk on March 11th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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

  34. Laura on March 25th, 2010 at 11:48 am

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

  35. selva cameraman on March 28th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    its coool some one not understand ple write names

  36. ME on April 3rd, 2010 at 11:23 am

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

  37. Sadananda Bhuti on April 30th, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Wonderful collection,Thanks for sharing :-)

  38. Dante on September 1st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

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

  39. MIJNeigenBEELD on November 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Wow great drawing’s

  40. NaughtyBlogger on December 18th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

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

  41. Door Knobs on January 18th, 2011 at 9:55 am

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

  42. sangita on February 3rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    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.

  43. kaungthatsan on July 5th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    so good, thank’s

  44. Shana on March 20th, 2012 at 10:36 am

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

  45. Blair Howatt on April 8th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    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

  46. Sarah Alex on December 13th, 2012 at 7:31 am

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

    Thanks Admin

  47. .... on May 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    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?