Art and words of Josh Burns.

Human Afflicting Cordyceps Fungus (Update)

This is an up a followup to a post I did a while back. I always thought I should do a bit better version the original was quite rushed. And now a video game called “Last of Us” is coming out with a similar theme, so I figure what better time to do a more polished version. The original write-up an artwork can be found here.

This scene is the damp dark places the infected gravitate to. This specimen is in the final stages of the infection and will soon burst out of this isolation, fueled by adrenaline and the human need for help from others. This panic is the fungus’s way of propagating. The host searches for help and in doing so infects all in its wake.


9 responses

  1. Awesome! I just have one suggestion. Please give it a jaw. So scary. Maybe that’s the point, but eep. I like the use of colour and the lighting.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    • I’m sorry if jawless things scare you. But as far as you know the bottom jaw might be in there somewhere. Maybe it came loose and slid down into the lower abdomen? Or it might be on the ground and just obscured by the fungal growth? If you want to be grossed out by something really Jawless take a look at this guy!

      February 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • zac

      agreed, it should also be wearing a plush teddy bear suit and holding a baloon. that way pussies won’t have nightmares and pee there princess beds…….. fear is underrated, reality is boring. push the envelope- art is supposed to evoke emotional response….. fears an emotion…. ie: succesful artwork…..

      February 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    • I know how much you like things with jaws. So I made an indestructible one! Check it out Here

      March 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  2. Drewreimer

    I would actually like to suggest that you keep the jaw off. Things are more awesome when they’re missing their jaws.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

    • I would love to agree with you fully on this, but what about the movie “Jaws” They definitely wouldn’t have needed a bigger boat.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  3. zac

    eeeeeeee, f#ck yeah josh. beautiful rendering
    love it. -maybe a pre-burst action shot in a busy city intersection to accompany?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    • I really like this concept and plan to continue it’s progression. So in short… Yes. You will be seeing more.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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