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Mushroom Girl by JohnSu Mushroom Girl by JohnSu
Around the village of Mycotta in a ring of about 2 miles in radius, there is a peculiar section of forest where giant mushrooms and other exotic fungi carpet the ground. The villagers call this region the Fairy Ring, and try to avoid it - not because the fungus is dangerous (which it is), but rather because of the zombies that lurk on the other side. The undead are unable to cross the Ring without collapsing into a fuzzy white pile of nutrients, so it is much safer to simply stay on the inside.

As strange as this zone is, stranger yet is the young girl who lives within the Fairy Ring itself - Miucina, the Warden of the Ring. She lives within a giant mushroom house, but suffers no ill effects from prolongued exposure to the fungus (some speculate that she may in fact be a type of mushroom herself). She appeared roughly around the same time the Ring did, and is even believed to be the source of it. In any case, she spends a good deal of time walking through it, harvesting mushrooms and raking zombie mash across it for more even distribution.

On occassion she will venture into the village with a wheelbarrow full of mushrooms for bartering. This event usually stirs up the local vendors, as she often trades rare delicacies for foods that are about to spoil (she rejects food that's already growing stuff, though). When she's completed her trades, she'll swing by the carpenter to fill her barrow with sawdust and wood chips. After that, she's gone.

No one has ever heard her speak, though she seems capable of understanding what others are saying, and at times will write out words if gestures and facial expressions don't do the trick (She keeps a writing tablet in her pouch for this purpose). Some of the kids have teased her for her odd behavior, but the adults (who are cautiously superstitious) have warned the children not to pull that kind of shit.

One time she showed up with a walking mushroom by accident. It made everybody nervous, so she made it go back.

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(Character design notes posted here:
  Miucina Design Process by JohnSu)

Made in Clip Studio Paint EX
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:icontommycurl:
tommycurl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
seems like she has quite the interesting life id love to hear more of her story
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2017
Still would like to meet that walking mushroom. Maybe it can explain what the whole situation's about, eh?
Sweet storytelling, and sweet paintwork.
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:iconjon-smitten:
Jon-Smitten Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww so cute! <3
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ProjectDishwasher Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
She looks like she's on shrooms, 10/10
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
She looks lovely!
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Captain-Eevee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
You are amazing!~!
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Mythee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
adorable <3 I love the stories you post with your art
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Stuponfucious Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Supersition
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
she looks cute!
great picture and awesome story!!
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, I love this story! It's got a little of your usual hilarious silliness in it, but also lots of concrete stuff that would make for a really interesting story. :D Also I am intrigued by the walking mushroom. 
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goatink Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a cutie, and the stories of your images are always a treat :D
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Aiko-Hirocho Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Student General Artist
those are poison tho :o
Regardless this is adorable
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DJKeala Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you going to do much with her? Her story and character is very interesting.
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invisible-chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
She's so adorable! I love the sleeves. Also really digging the autumn-y pallet. So what does she carry in that bag of hers? Does she use that to help her carry and distribute her zombie mash?
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MadNimrod Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
adorable
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GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool! and with another awesome backstory to go along with it! I love that the zombies are treated as a matter of life and now she's protecting everyone...at least I hope so...or she's just a gardener who just happened to find the right location and the neighboring village just happens to benefit from it :dance:
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Astor135 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute!
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moonmute Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work with the lighting here :D
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
YES, I LOVE THE ART AND STORY~
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Also John....were you ON mushrooms when you came up with this idea. :D
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think so, but I'll double check my chair when I get home.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
:giggle:  
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RedBlueIsCool Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the forest scene and lighting here.
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Jumelini Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Your stories never get old and are always so original <3
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serpinoid Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice indeed : D
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
She's adorable.
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Laugh-Butts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The scenery is in your pictures are always so incredible.

In addition, the stories that you can make behind it shows quite the creative/pattern finding mind. I hope she finds a friend soon. Living alone in a mushroom house seems lonely. Maybe she could find spore boy, or he sneezes all the time and sends out spores!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe she can become friends with that other fungus girl, Fire Flower Enka?
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Organis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
I love your stories and the depth you put into your characters' background.

P.S. Miucina reminds me of Sucy of "Little Witch Academia" who has somewhat similar looks and works poisonous mushroom potions: www.google.ru/search?q=little+…
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh damn.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Aww...she's such a cute guardian against the undead! :aww: I guess her protective nature is what keeps the villagers from being afraid of her.  OK John this is a REALLY good backstory and I see you did your Mycology research before writing it. :D Having taken a LOT of biology courses I got the jokes here! :giggle:  Nicely done Mr. Su! 
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Randommode Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That is so beautiful :) 
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Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Cute idea and story!

I think what would have made this piece REALLY complete was adding like....a lone zombie arm sticking out of a bush or crawling on the ground, though XD That would have matched the right tone of slight creepiness that the story lends.
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Quite lovely
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crazy4anime09 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing!!! I love her story, the details, and the lighting! :love: fav ^^
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Good job :D
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happycatbear Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved the story! :D And as usual, your work is amazing.
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Zerolr-RM Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
love your stories that go with your artwork!!
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Cloth-King Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Cute, does this mean the walking mushroom was a big guy that can kill with a single punch? :D
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he was a small guy that could topple an empty boot with a full body tackle!
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Cloth-King Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Right on! Do you do any sort of commission work? Or you just draw whatever you are inspired?
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:icongusindor:
Gusindor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Aww, that little mushroom person is adorable! She's pretty cute herself, too.
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XandImus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016   General Artist
amaze'n-ly neat! :D
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:iconpidgeyart:
PidgeyArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would make the perfect "fairy trainer" for a new pokemon game, artstyle would fit in nicely ^^
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Episodic89 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, she is so cute!
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superpika293 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I want a comic to go with this.
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
just amazing
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Mythrin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Morrella would have been a good name, too, but Miucina is fine.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also considered Chanterella
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