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Two Birrin fisher-folk ride the wind back to the coast after a mornings' hunting. Marine creatures surf the waves with them, hoping for scraps when the catch is gutted and cleaned.

The boat, a small but strong outrigger yacht, was built by the local tribes to sail relatively close to shore in low tropical seas.

Its frame is built from the tough, plant like stems of local phototrophic organisms which have been pre-stressed into strong curved shapes and bound together under a watertight leather skin. This was then coated with sap and waxes from local plants and animals to further seal it. Inside the cabin, a birrin can rest, as well as store the days' catch. If water does flood the boats' interior, it is not a concern as flotation is provided by bundles of sponge like plant tissue inside the hull.
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Quintessence-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite an interesting species you’ve created. Since there are around 400 billion stars per galaxy and billions of galaxies in the observable universe, do you think there is a high probability of a species exactly like this one existing?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The chances are probably very low XD
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namelessgalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
do birrin have different races? these ones look like they have black skin, or is that just their suits?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
There are indeed different ethnic groups among the birrin
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:iconhyperagua:
Hyperagua Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Awesome pallet! 
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:iconjames-freddy:
JAMES-FREDDY Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
niceee La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This [Moana] 
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Taliesaurus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why am I suddenly thinking of this?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Eh7o…
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Love that song!
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:icontaliesaurus:
Taliesaurus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wonder what a Birrin version of Moana would be like...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Moana - Bioluminescent Tamatoa Icon 
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Taliesaurus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2017
The large moon in the background sky looks like one of Saturn's moons.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:saturn: 
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
If I'm correct then might be Dione
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VG5006 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This reminds me of the John Denver song "Calypso"
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AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What material are the boats crafted from? I see Some metal parts but the rest?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Its mostly curved wood with cured leather skin
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AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wood? Does Chiirah have trees?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yep :P
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AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. sounds interesting! Are they just ordinary plants or is it a tree-like creature?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh they have a full range of photosynthetic life
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lshack Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
Do you mind if I ask you of the race that's living on your planet? Or is there a post on it?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They are called the Birrin
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lshack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Thank you, more I look at your posts more I learn of your race and loving it. I like how although it's an alien race there is similarities between us and them.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta get that balance right...
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lshack Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Always and their history is so expansive and diverse like the ruin post of yours and how it was taken down by a civilization already I'm steam. Great work.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Long is history's march!
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lshack Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
And you do a great job on your creation! Always exciting looking through your profile reminds me of when I was a kid looking through old D&D and star wars books looking in wonder.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Those are good books...
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just realized that I've never seen any birds from the Birrin planet. There aren't any in the background in this, either, which makes me wonder. Are birds rare on the Birrin homeworld, or have you just not drawn any yet? I'd be very interested in a bird from their planet. Have you given much thought to them?
I might also just be missing them somewhere, in which case this would be rather embarrassing.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Flyers arent rare, and I have designed a few of them! By pure chance I just havent painted any yet.
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, ok. Thanks for replying, I was rather curious.
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Very epic work!:D
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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! I like the complex organic shapes and compound curves. It's hard to make something like this look realistic - keeping everything in perspective, shading, etc. - but you more than pull it off. The discussion of alien shipbuilding techniques is also fascinating - a leather outer hull over a wooden frame, rather than the all-wood hulls most Earth cultures use.

The sea creatures around the boat are also fascinating - they seem to combine traits of swordfish, dolphins and penguins. As usual, you have done stunningly beautiful work here!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I liked the idea of curved construction materials rather than the more rigid systems we often use. Took  a lot of inspiration from inuit canoe design!
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TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, are you excited for No Man's Sky by any chance?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have been seeing hints of that game for years... I am intrigued ;)
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TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mayhap I could point your fingers in the general direction of the official website?

You are able to sign up for a newsletter there, which will give you updates from their team.
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Kanima-9 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I am new, and I would like to say that this photo, this series of the Birrin, are my favorite. This photo looks very nice because it just feels so laid back and harmonious.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was one of the most enjoyable birrin artworks to paint.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Photographer
It's clear that the Birrins are really brilliant.

Those marine creatures are so playful and beautiful. Aww

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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angelwashere97 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I love the colors, and the water :D
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
What would the equivalent of Birrin technology be in human terms and ages? To me, it looks kind of like after the roman empire fell.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is set in what to us would be modern times, this tribe just doesnt use modern technology.
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Ah. Just like parts of the world on earth, right?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, every birrin culture is different :)
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
As is usual for a sentient species.
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