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What if Smurfs were real?
The Smurf is actually the result of a symbiotic relationship between two organisms. We believe that Smurfs put their 'embryos' in the button of a developing mushroom. From a distance, Smurfs seem like they are wearing a hat and pants but as you can see this is a fallacy. The fungus provides camouflage and protective epidermal layers for the creature, while the creature provides nutrients and mobility for the spreading of spores.
Smurfs are believed to be a hunter gatherer society. As you can see, this little guy is returning from a successful venture. It is generally difficult to spot a Smurf; they are very apprehensive and cunning. Sadly though, it is rumored that they are hunted for their medicinal properties. It's hard to determine but it is thought that there are not many colonies of Smurf left.
I used this stock as part of the background: [link]
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This design is just breathtaking !
You might like to know with this character I actually didn't use any photo textures. One of the main focuses for this image was to learn to paint the textures by hand. (To really REALLY understand them.) The stump he is walking on does have photographic elements though.
Saying that really means a lot to me. I really hope he would have. Thank you so much!