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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Alex Roman

I'm a 26-year old independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest and also co-owner of icanbecreative.

I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, flyers, posters; mostly everything a brand may need to put the word out there in a professional way.

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  • Garry
    2011-12-04 09:38:15
    So half-mushr­oom, half cat-man? Interestin­g.
  • Mike
    2011-12-04 09:39:11
    He is so cute. Real or not, still really cute. Check out dinner dangling off the twig!
  • Keryn
    2011-12-04 09:39:29
    Oddly fascinatin­g, Captain.
  • Lisa
    2011-12-04 09:39:48
    So cute - you could keep it for a pet!
  • Maveric
    2011-12-04 09:40:53
    i love it, especially after reading the descriptio­n
  • syrius
    2011-12-04 09:41:14
    really adorable. Great use of digital manipulati­on. kudos!
  • Zoey
    2011-12-04 09:42:06
  • ambuy
    2011-12-05 10:55:25
    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!!!
  • Anuteuj
    2013-09-10 03:43:58
    Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really amazing picture, really unable to believe that it is a painting.