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Smurf Sighting by NateHallinanArt Smurf Sighting by NateHallinanArt
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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]

Click here to see the painting process.
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:iconastral-muffin:
Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I had seen this many years ago in another site and I always thought it was in 3d. I can't believe it isn't! it looks amaziiiing!
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StrayCreations Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
I don't even like Smurfs, but this is both fantastic and adorable! I'd like then if they looked more like this! <3
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:iconkiramarys:
Kiramarys Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
WOAH! :wow: Incredible work. Not only is this little smurf tremendously cute but it's also full of interesting details in a breathtaking surrounding. I especially like the way the head is connected to the mushroom hat, the mushroom-like pants, the slender arms and well-thought fingertips. The snail is a great addition and kudos for the lighting and dreamy forest. A marvel to look at really. :heart:
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:iconzikore:
Zikore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Hey, are you selling these as mousepads over Amazon.com? If not, I'd get in contact with them ASAP because somebody's stolen your art.

www.amazon.com/hunter-Mouse-Pa…
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:iconleithin:
leithin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
itS A CATSMURF
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:iconkoterre:
koterre Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That is too cute! Certainly better than the live-action movie design.
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:iconsierrarandompaw:
SierraRandompaw Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Simpely cutnes! by DeviantMikeArt  he traced your art. he said he drew it.. 
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the heads up.
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:iconsierrarandompaw:
SierraRandompaw Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
no problem ^-^
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:icondenitatwodragons:
DenitaTwoDragons Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
You managed to take a critter that always drove me nuts (sorry, the theme song still makes me break out in hives!) and turn it into one I adore! Bravo!
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:iconangel31fire:
angel31fire Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God ! He is a lot cuter then the real smurfs ! I really love the description you made of them.
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:iconsml1:
sml1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
they need to make the smurfs like this
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:iconpaulrich:
paulrich Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work.  I love it.
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:iconspeenu:
Speenu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea! They should re-boot the Smurf franchise using your ideas  :)
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Maybe someday :)
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:icontonyferreira:
TonyFerreira Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Surreal impressionante! Excelente arte, esse smurf  e sua descrição me fez acreditar que eles são mesmo de verdade kkkkkkkkkkkk muito bom mesmo me identifiquei com suas imaginações e criações, sou seu fã... Parabéns!
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:iconflamingbulbinarrow:
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That poor snail...
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:iconadruna-naoka1:
adruna-naoka1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooooo cute
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:icondrivenaway573:
DrivenAway573 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Holy smurf
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:iconkingoftheplatypus:
Kingoftheplatypus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I never thought  I would say that about a smurf, but this must be the cutest thing I've ever seen !
This design is just breathtaking !
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:iconalektron:
alektron Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I always thought this would be 3D! Really stunning :)
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:iconprophetstorm:
ProphetStorm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Writer
I actually find this far cuter than the typical smurf.
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I would have to agree with you there.
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:iconpickle-soup:
Pickle-Soup Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D (Love the detailed write-up, adds whole new level to the picture) ... 
... And i think it's interesting that mushrooms 'breathe' O2 and 'exhale' CO2 just like us... 
... so maybe the symbiotic bonded creatures also share a respiratory system ? ... :D
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Totally possible :)
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:iconteristearns:
TeriStearns Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, this is terrifyingly adorable! Awesome! If they had actually looked like this, I might've watched the show. :)
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DickFischer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is perfect.  Your obvious technical mastery aside, I absolutely adore your love for redesigning these cartoony creatures into (for lack of a better term) real-world mythology.  This is fine work. 
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! Translating the designs is definitely one of the most enjoyable parts to creating them.
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:iconpipezero:
PipeZero Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This is the best Smurf i ever seen! Great Picture!
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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:iconkatevunza:
KateVunza Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Wow, neat theory! I lovee fan-theories like this, but never thought I'd see one for the Smurfs! Awesome idea, having them be symbiotic creatures!
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Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student
wow!
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:iconstarfish20:
starfish20 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
It actually make sense. Great picture.
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:iconawolfillustrations:
awolfillustrations Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.  I want to find one of these guys.
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer

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.

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:iconcascador:
Cascador Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm Belgian and knew Peyo. I will say he would have been very proud of this design. 
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer

Saying that really means a lot to me. I really hope he would have. Thank you so much!

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:iconcascador:
Cascador Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure he would. I certainly prefer them above their film versions. Might be more accurate depiction, but that doesn't make it better. As they say, what works on paper, doesn't always work on screen. 
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very true.
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:iconbarriss-offee:
Barriss-Offee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Unbelievable!! 
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:icontheogroen:
theogroen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
now iīm a big fan. You took this rare snap shot... i look for a real Smurf since years. Congratulations directly from the forest of north Germany. You are the best.
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconkinteki:
Kinteki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist
thatīs so realistic and cuuuute! great idea:D (Big Grin) 
may I ask which program you use for your work? 

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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! Photoshop :)
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:iconkinteki:
Kinteki Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks for the information:)
just so amazing!
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:iconsassamafracken:
sassamafracken Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really incredible execution.
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:iconjlundhart:
jLundhArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is such a cool and totally believable concept. Astounding!
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconwolfenys:
wolfenys Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Artist
l:oI am a dummy! 
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:D
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