Ever wondered what a Smurf might look like in real life? Probably wouldn’t have those exaggeratedly round features and silly hat, that’s for sure.If the Smurfs were real, it would be really horrifying.

Here’s a digital painting by Nate Hallinan, who imagined the creatures in a much more realistic way.

What if Smurfs were real? 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.

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.





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  • Anuteuj says:

    Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really amazing picture, really unable to believe that it is a painting.

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  • ambuy says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!what a creation!!!!I love it!!!!how do you get ideas? I hope to learn alot from you when i start college in Jan! Keep it up!!!NICE & COOL!!!

  • Nathan Brown says:

    Quite amazing to see one person’s interpreta­tion of what a Smurf should or would look like. Mine is similar, sans whiskers and a mouse-like face.

  • Zoey says:

    Adorable!

  • Carolyn says:

    I personally like this vision way better than the cartoon. I’d like to see these little hunters do a movie…..

  • syrius says:

    really adorable. Great use of digital manipulati­on. kudos!

  • Maveric says:

    i love it, especially after reading the descriptio­n

  • Birthea Lem says:

    Oh my goodness, he’s SOOOO CUTE! What adorable little whiskers! SQUEE!

  • Louise M. says:

    Genius! Sounds like this person really put a lot of thought into this. I like the symbiotic relationsh­ip aspect. That’s how nature really is. I bet their favorite drink is Kombucha Tea. That would only make sense.

  • Lisa says:

    So cute – you could keep it for a pet!

  • Keryn says:

    Oddly fascinatin­g, Captain.

  • Mike says:

    He is so cute. Real or not, still really cute. Check out dinner dangling off the twig!

  • JohnD. says:

    They’re trying to biological­ly rationaliz­e this creature? Well, I don’t think that little neck can support that huge head in real life, and being blue doesn’t help camouflage them from predators.
    Verdict: EXTINCT

  • Jessica says:

    that’s a really good painting (digital)

  • Garry says:

    So half-mushr­oom, half cat-man? Interestin­g.