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Winding Down

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Many birrin, being pleasurably susceptible to many of the psychoactive defence compounds found in their planets’ plants, have developed complex rituals around recreational drug use.

The practices are not universally accepted, and many societies have strict controls to reduce their economic impacts. Others embrace them to such an extent that they have become an essential part of the daily ritual, as is the case with the Southern Chey nations: Before and after work many Chey stop at their local smoking bars to partake in a variety of substances both inhaled and ingested. As community focal points, smoking houses are also places for social interactions, and as a way to prepare for, or wind down from, the days’ pressures.

Smoking houses have a long history, this example predating the widespread collapse of birrin society millennia ago. Restored by wealthy locals as civilisation recovered, the interior was painted a calming blue to lend an air of tranquillity. To avoid the smoke damaging their garments, many regulars wear blue smoking suits infused with years of volatile chemical scents.
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Robguil4774's avatar
Xeno potheads. Literally.
M4IAN's avatar
Birrin Blue sounds like a good Stoner rock band name.
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
 I'M A BIRD - Icon 
Scribble35's avatar
Scribble35Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alien drugs!
KostasGamer's avatar

quickly!!! call the alien police!!!

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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
:420weed: 
ironsloth1993's avatar
Where would birrin inhale these substances? I am not able to locate respiratory organs
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
The one on the right has smokes shoved into the ones near the base of the upper eyestalks.
ironsloth1993's avatar
Oh! I had thought they were just holding them for later, like that Kiln worker you drew (the one that is your current profile picture). Good to know!
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shockaLocKerHobbyist General Artist
Are you sure you're not making the Birrin too human? I've seen your artwork about Birrin and, even though their bodies are nothing like people, it appears every one of their activities are the same, or very similar. 

I mean, heck, smoking joints!?
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
If they dont act basically like humans, the audience will have little interest in following their stories I feel
DarkOmen94's avatar
Doesn't matter which planet you are there is always going to be natives who are using drugs for recretive purposes, a.k.a potheads.
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
good leaf.
TheSorceress's avatar
I love how this simple act of... smoking makes them look so human. And I mean that in a good way, because it makes me feel like they aren't just er... creatures, but have something in common with us, therefore more relatetable and less than let's say.. just a monsters in a picture. (This is what I feel like from just looking at the picture and not reading your description.) My ponderings aside, I like your use of colour and how it translates into atmosphere. I feel like I would be cold in that room, but they are more than content. Then I read that blue is for tranquility. The.. shadows of the window still make me feel like this is a big, airy spacious room though, and I'd still be cold. Anyhow, I love your imaginative render of this place, I decided to follow you to see more :)
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Yes my goal is to have the audience relate to their world
BirrinFan's avatar

You just said your audience are a bunch of potheads... I'm not saying that's not true but...

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VidyadharmaHobbyist Digital Artist
ET stoners, ftw
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
This is your brain; This is drugs; This is your brain on drugs! This is your brain; This is drugs; This is your brain on drugs! 
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VidyadharmaHobbyist Digital Artist
420
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Skullgrin-140Professional General Artist
Very nice work, very surreal designs too. 
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
cheers :)
TenkoSama9's avatar
Would love to join a smoking session with them :).
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Its some heavy stuff, human!
TenkoSama9's avatar
Well you only live once in this incarnation so why not ^_^.
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