Mushroom People.

Mushroom people. My brain is overrun by mshroom people. I was at a presentation for a new candidate for my school's graphic design program. In true artsy fashion (this will sound lame but it was actually kinda fun) she had us do an activity involving sticky notes, breathing, and stream of consciousness. 

"Nap" was the first thing I wrote. 

"Fix D&D sheet" was the second. 

"Mushroom people" was the third.  

What in the heck is the anatomy of a mushroom person? They don't have bones, right? They're plants, so it's not like they have organs. They're plants, and like, plants have structure, but not like people who all have, at a baseline, the same basic structure. What kind of structure do mushrooms have? How do you show something with no face at different angles? 

Unfortunately, I don't have answers to just about any of these questions. But I can't stop thinking about it. I'll be at my other job, sorting out random bits of hardware and suddenly go "Do mushrooms bleed?? Do they scar??" I was on a house tour for a place I want to rent, and in the middle of looking at a water heater I thought, "Wait. They don't have bones. Do they have elbows?? Knees?? Do they just have improbably noodley limbs that can support weight??" We've got the base descriptions and society constructs done, and that's awesome! But what do I do now? 

Drawing a normal mushroom is easy. Oval, stumpy bit, clean up the excess lines, done. Then you just do, like, a minute of shading with one pencil and one blending stump. This whole thing took maybe two minutes:


People are harder, but they make sense to me. People have bones and structure and complex shapes. They have lots of shading and expressions.


The conundrum I'm having is combining the two. How do you even begin to do that?


I guess I'll let you know when I figure it out.


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