these ugly pikmin were inspired by @extra-vertebrae!!
i’ve always been fascinated by the whole premise of pikmin, little plant aliens that have this weird hive mind and an insatiable need to consume and conqer all the wildlife they come across, so…
these are based off the newest pikmin installment, so no purple or white pikmin are here (I can always do them later!)
all of them are fauna with compound eyes and a lot of inspiration/social mores from insects due to swarming tendencies and…i’d like to think that pikmin, much like ants, are actually exponentially smarter the more of them are floating around in a colony.
I also picture them with lots of fine, white hairs, and i figure them to be velvety to the touch like a sprout. They photosynthesize for food, and also have root-like stringy appendages. (they’re essentially the root of the “plant”)
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blue pikmin, rock pikmin, flying pikmin, yellow pikmin, red pikmin
red pikmin have patchy scales and are generally unpleasant to eat by wildlife, from texture to capsaicin content.
pink pikmin don’t have any legs, so have locomotion based primarily on flying
yellow pikmin are lighter for throwing, but since they love being in the air so much, i figured giving them a whirlygig leaf would be a nice touch. imagine them spiraling down to the ground on their descent!
rock pikmin kind of gave me a bug up my ass, but ive grown to like them since designing them. all of them are basically little “root people” so I based them off of tubers. they have layers and are incredibly dense.
gosh, i thought i had more to say about these guys but. this is shorter than i actually thought it would be. feel free to shoot me any questions about them however!
maybe i can color splash them later.