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About Digital Art / Professional Core Member Alex RiesMale/Australia Groups :iconworld-creations: World-Creations
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Birrin - Run Cycle by Abiogenisis Birrin - Run Cycle :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 335 28 Birrin - Side View by Abiogenisis Birrin - Side View :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 304 16 Birrin Head by Abiogenisis Birrin Head :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 1,521 175 Birrin - Showing Off by Abiogenisis Birrin - Showing Off :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 611 73 Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden' by Abiogenisis Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden' :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 686 80 Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden' - Day by Abiogenisis Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden' - Day :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 445 27 Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Brinewing' Details by Abiogenisis Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Brinewing' Details :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 403 43 Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Brinewing' by Abiogenisis Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Brinewing' :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 954 74 Chelicerate by Abiogenisis Chelicerate :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 731 88 Arctic Peeper by Abiogenisis Arctic Peeper :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 520 86 Klingon Concept by Abiogenisis Klingon Concept :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 609 185 Snowstalker C by Abiogenisis Snowstalker C :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 355 26 Snowstalker B by Abiogenisis Snowstalker B :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 289 18 Snowstalker by Abiogenisis Snowstalker :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 332 30 Subnautica DLC - Icebreaker Leviathan (Unused) by Abiogenisis Subnautica DLC - Icebreaker Leviathan (Unused) :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 649 104 Subnautica DLC Critter by Abiogenisis Subnautica DLC Critter :iconabiogenisis:Abiogenisis 497 76


Bulbops dolichostricha by Sanrou Bulbops dolichostricha :iconsanrou:Sanrou 127 37 Red Baron by Hyrotrioskjan Red Baron :iconhyrotrioskjan:Hyrotrioskjan 566 90 Canyon Shadow by Midiaou Canyon Shadow :iconmidiaou:Midiaou 187 26 Orthacanthus and Xenacanthus by EsthervanHulsen Orthacanthus and Xenacanthus :iconesthervanhulsen:EsthervanHulsen 249 16 Homage To The Third Man by markkarvon Homage To The Third Man :iconmarkkarvon:markkarvon 213 40 Where the sky comes down by Hyrotrioskjan Where the sky comes down :iconhyrotrioskjan:Hyrotrioskjan 1,048 80 Mongolian Swift Seizer by PaleoPastori Mongolian Swift Seizer :iconpaleopastori:PaleoPastori 235 8 Petridonus cachinnis (Happy Birthday Pete!) by Sanrou Petridonus cachinnis (Happy Birthday Pete!) :iconsanrou:Sanrou 110 54 Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird by rOEN911 Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird :iconroen911:rOEN911 299 22 The Mistake Of The Resident by alexandreev The Mistake Of The Resident :iconalexandreev:alexandreev 526 39 Schira Dow 3rd by ShingoWatanabe Schira Dow 3rd :iconshingowatanabe:ShingoWatanabe 11 14 inktober2018day1 by SleepDeprivedChicken inktober2018day1 :iconsleepdeprivedchicken:SleepDeprivedChicken 74 3 Mermaid  pin giveaway countdown. by StressedJenny
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Mermaid pin giveaway countdown. :iconstressedjenny:StressedJenny 573 155
Offasaltus angelesii by Sanrou Offasaltus angelesii :iconsanrou:Sanrou 109 28 Giant Squid and Colossal Squid Size by Harry-the-Fox Giant Squid and Colossal Squid Size :iconharry-the-fox:Harry-the-Fox 130 26 Colossal Squid Size by Harry-the-Fox Colossal Squid Size :iconharry-the-fox:Harry-the-Fox 96 29

I am putting together a pitch for the first Birrin book, after several years of generating material to fill in their world. I want this book to be just the first, so how should I introduce the Birrin? 

510 deviants said An illustrated narrative: a Birrin character goes on a journey across part of their world, a series of paintings depicting their journey. [Examples: Dinotopia by James Gurney]
483 deviants said An in-universe natural history book: a birrin organisation conducts a transect or wildlife survey of an area, paintings depicting their activities, environment, and detailed studies of animal and plant life. [Examples: Expedition by Wayne Barlowe]
354 deviants said An out-universe natural history book: written by a neutral narrator in the form of a nature/history guide. Each habitat or topic forms a chapter, which then includes details of the subjects including birrin activities in the area, wildlife, technology etc


Alex Ries
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A lot of people noted that my art reminded them of Subnautica, or that I should work on it.

So I contacted the studio and looks like I will be! You should be seeing some of my designs there :)


Birrin Head
The birrin 'face', complete with retractable sensory stalks. Part of ongoing development for a book about these creatures.
Birrin - Showing Off
Testing out ideas for the social display structures of the Birrin. 
Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden'
Daytime Version Here: Subnautica: Below Zero - 'Ventgarden' - Day

The Ventgarden, a colonial lifeform supporting an internal biosphere powered by symbiotic chemosynthetic organisms.

For Subnautica: Below Zero!


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Temorah Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your 'alien' design (Birrin) it's anatomically believable and it doesn't follow the usual, horrific alien tropes, it's also nice to see another Australian doing well in the concept space! Keep up the great work :)
Erebiel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018
"Imitation is the highest form of flattery."

Random concept-art/ 11 by PustyXoX
Irradiated-Imp Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Where do you get your inspiration for aliens? I'd like to do slightly more realistic aliens that stray out of the humanoid alien trope more, but I have a ton of trouble finding any kind of inspiration.
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PaceB Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018  New Deviant
Just joined DeviantArt and you are one of the first people I'm following. You have the best combination of artistic skill and realistic wordbuilding I have ever seen. I especially love your Birrins. It would hugely make my day if you checked out some of my amateur artwork as I start to upload it.
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OutlanderS3S Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  New Deviant Student General Artist
I love your alien designs! They're so unique and well thought out. Keep up the good work!
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TheSeaLemon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much for the watch! 

I've been an admirer of your art for a long time, and it really means a lot that someone so talented is interested in my concepts. I'm really touched! 
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philosopherraptor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Woah! I didn't see this before, I've just started watching these guys, and this was a pleasant surprise!…
Yours is still better, but it's awesome to see people checking out your work!
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michael432 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Will you make more artwork about birrin?Like their technology,electronics,cultures and other things,including the communication with humans.
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michael432 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Your it a half organic half machine creature?
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I've admired your worldbuilding for some time.
I've been doing it too in an AU Star Trek verse. 
The two worlds I've spent most of my time on are Nlia and Tkara,
although they're  both populated by a humanoid race.

I've just posted a new world, C'tek.
Its a tidally locked planet. I'd appreciate your opinion on it.…
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