Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Moldworld Creature

Some years ago (this Blog has been here since 2008, ancient history!) I posted about my imaginary world of "Mycelium," a planet where molds and fungus are the dominant plants. This image revisits Mycelium, depicting a mold-munching, amoeboid creature called a "mold pig." This specimen is about 6 feet long in its current form. Despite its changeable shape, walking along on short pseudopods, it has some porcine characteristics, such as a taste for roots and blobs, a fondness for wallowing in mud, and a corpulent figure. The dark spherical things on the surface of the mold pig are buds, which will eventually drop off and grow into other mold pigs, if they are not eaten by Mycelium's predators. The mold pig grows eyes when it needs them, but its main senses are smell and touch. Despite its ungainly quality and slow movement, the mold pig can be quite fierce and resistant to attack, as it can suddenly produce spikes and tusks from its interior and charge with surprising speed and strength. Don't bother the mold pigs, and they won't bother you.

"Mold Pig" is Photoshop, 10" x 7", March 6, 2012.

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