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The first image was removed, per [rule=12]rule 12[/rule].

Now, what specific aspect of the look are you going for? There are a lot of different elements to each of those images.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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The first image was removed, per [rule=12]rule 12[/rule].

Now, what specific aspect of the look are you going for? There are a lot of different elements to each of those images.

I want them to look real yet cartoon-ish. You know like a bright realistic comic book chick. I hope this is family friendly.

PinUpGirl.jpg

If not, here's another one:

1137342656_stotsharon.jpg

I'm a huge fan of cartoon realism (if that's not a true phrase then oh well); bright colors and dark smokey eyes. Just cartoon versions of pix that can still look very realistic.

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Well, it looks to me like you'll need to turn the saturation way, way up. Then I'd try some effects such as Surface Blur (search for it on http://searchpaint.net ) and maybe "Oil Painting" (which is included with Paint.NET, in the Effects>Artistic menu). Fiddle around with it and see if you can get a result you like. :-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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I had a quick play with a technique you might find helpful. This was based on the "Orton" tutorial which you can find here: Orton Effect

    Open your image = layer 1
    (option 1:) Apply Effects>Artistic>pastel @ size 1 & roughness 130 (or not?)
    Duplicate the layer = layer 2
    Set layer 2 blend mode to screen
    Duplicate layer 2 = layer 3
    Set layer 3 blend mode to multiply, lower the opacity to 180 or so
    Gaussian blur layer 3 @ 15
    (option 2:) uncheck layer 2 visibility (might help the overall effect, might not)
    Flatten image

Of course this won't work with all images equally, but might give you some ideas. Using the pastel step gives a more cartoon effect, while not using that step gives a more realistic image.

I played with using both pastel/no pastel (on different layers) and then blended the two using the top layers opacity - with interesting results that allow you to fine tune the realism/cartoon ratio.

Hope this helps.

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