There are millions of realistic renders out there to make you feel down and I know how it feels. Here’s my story how I got back to the right track after getting demotivated (I wish I had taken materials seriously when I started).
The short answer is No!
Anybody can create surreal artwork because it’s all about you and what your unconscious mind has to deliver.
There are dozens of articles over the Internet on how to render photo-realistic images. But most of these look somewhat like this: “How to render realistic images in <Name of the software>“.
This makes the article confined to only one engine (Cycles in case of Blender). So, this made me think, aren’t there some universal rules which can be applied to any form of art?
That’s it. From that point I starting thinking and after a lot of brainstorm and re-brainstorm, I figured out these 7 ways.