Clathrus Ruber Nymph by Diane

Clathrus Ruber Nymph

by Diane in Serie : the witches herbs

This one is meant to be a part of a "witches herbs" serie I'm planning to do.
I've always been fascinated by a strange mushroom called Clathrus Ruber. It was meant to be used by witches some centuries ago because of it's strange aspect and because it's very smelly. This mushroom produces a very dark cream (that's the smelly part) that contains its seeds. This "cream" is eaten by green flies mostly, that's the reason why I've added flies on the "dress".
When I was a child, I thought that it was built by small forest creatures (I would not have admitted that it was ONLY a mushroom due to all the legends about it and due to its aspect) so I've wanted to represent what I was dreaming about. I can't really explain it as I would like since my english is not very good.
I think that I've spent 50 or 60 hours on it (I don't know exactly).
Photoshop CS and Wacom Intuos 3A4
The ref is linked in the WIP thread but I'm going to link it here too. I had picked some Solanum Dulcamara flowers in the forest then put them in a glass of water on my desktop to use them as a reference.

The whole progress can be viewed here :
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