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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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:iconzahgatu:
Zahgatu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
I would eat a stew of these adorable creatures, especially one that has wild mushrooms!
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:iconaclockworkkitten:
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I would have seen the movies if they looked like this. 
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:iconsown-laughter:
Sown-Laughter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Unsure if you knew or if you are the creator  www.pinterest.com/pin/29948944…
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Ok, wat a minute.  So... um, they don't reproduce like we do?  Or they do?  Do these things have two genders?  Is what we're looking at right now a male or a female?
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:iconwhat-if-by-b-art:
What-if-by-B-art Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I love everything about this guy - simply Awesome!
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:iconchlochlo02:
chlochlo02 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
This picture scares the ever-living crap outta me,
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:icontylercluberlang:
TylerCluberlang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful 
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:iconaelerion:
aelerion Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Wonderfull!
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:iconskyhighdisco:
SkyHighDisco Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Must be Grouchy, but in a really, really cute mode. xD
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:iconbeanskelly:
BeanSkelly Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Student Filmographer
This is absolutely stunning! A very unique take on these lovable blue creatures!
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:iconstinglacson:
stinglacson Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
This is awesome.
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:iconkhristof:
Khristof Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
I'm not really a Smurf fan, but honestly, this is really great work. Not only are you exceptionally talented, but the little info. you added makes it much more.  Actually makes me wish this were a real creature.
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:iconbatista027:
batista027 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is sooo awesome!
Nice work :)
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:iconkfsb:
KFSB Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
If only this were real.
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:iconthomlaurent:
ThomLaurent Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good reflection :)
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:iconikke46:
Ikke46 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
So adorable :nod:
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:iconcavaloalado:
cavaloalado Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Job!
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:iconberenyiarts:
BerenyiArts Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist
Excellent work!
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:iconastral-muffin:
Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Professional 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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:iconbrushfeather:
Brushfeather 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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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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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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:iconsierrapuz:
SierraPuz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital 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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:iconsierrapuz:
SierraPuz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
no problem ^-^
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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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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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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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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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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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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RScottFischer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional 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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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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