This priest surely committed to his celibate there...
Cheap art will be just that. The true value lies in commitment and hard work. This is just a tool and without a creative mind operating it the results will hold no magic. Did photography kill painting? I think both are doing and developing rather well.
Arvid Schneider has launched a new 5-part tutorial series on setting up, shading and lighting some nice-looking mushrooms. The artist wisely uses a mix of Quixel Megascans, Arnold and Maya to generate a beautiful render.
Here is the first part about shading the hero mushrooms:
PART 2 will be about shading the other assets
PART 3 will focus on lighting
PART 4 will add additional details, like Xgen fur
PART 5 will be the final touches in compositing
You can find more details on the series here.