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Alex Ries
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Anyone who voted for Trump is my enemy: you have extinguished the light of the West, and helped doom the ecosystems of this planet.

I will never offer compromise or a hand of aid to a conservative again. 

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Anyone who voted for Trump is my enemy: you have extinguished the light of the West, and helped doom the ecosystems of this planet.

I will never offer compromise or a hand of aid to a conservative again. 
Skydrops

The small flying creatures are complete, thanks to the help of all of my Patrons! www.patreon.com/alexries?ty=h

"Within the humid understory of Chriiah’s richest rainforests, sudden flashes of color can occasionally be seen as darting creatures strike shafts of canopy light. Not more than two inches in length (excluding adornments) these flying beings, known locally as skydrops, exhibit an intriguing social structure and a viciousness that belies their whimsical name and colorful bodies.

Intelligent, and with the ability maintain very rapid controlled flight whilst maneuvering through a complex tangle of undergrowth, skydrops feed frequently to power their high metabolism. Plants that provide energy rich liquids grow in patches of forest frequented by skydrops, and the two groups of organisms have evolved mutualistic relationships.  Flower clusters of several of these plants produce a succession of blooms in sequence, allowing skydrops to establish set territories in the forest where blooms are active, and to pass reproductive cells from flower to flower as they do so. As sequential hermaphrodites, large mature skydrops are almost exclusively females and use their impressive head crests and greater size to control access to feeding areas. Smaller males, if they suitably impress a female, are allowed to mate with her, raise their young and feed within her territory. The cost of that access is to join other aligned males in defending their collective territory from other swarms, coordinating and maintaining their allegiance through a set of learned swarm-specific vocalizations. During times of limited food, many individuals are killed in the constant battle to secure active flowers.

After helping raise several broods, hormonal changes begin to transform these males into young females. This is potentially the most dangerous time in a skydrops’ life, as it must strike out to form its own swarm, or challenge the dominant female for leadership. If the matriarch’s position is secure, these adolescents will leave the swarm, accompanied by several allied males, and attempt to secure new feeding grounds. Many do not survive and are killed during this dispersal stage, but those that make it will begin to acquire their own entourage of males and increase their territory.

There is some variation among subspecies and geographic populations of skydrops, and not all are so aggressive. In areas of great abundance, several mature females may co-exist without significant conflict, even forming larger multi-swarm alliances in forests filled with their constant high-toned social calls."


But what to do next? Perhaps a scene of urban birrin life is in order...
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Icy Moons Probe
Exploring submarine caverns kept liquid by the heat of volcanic plumes, the AUV Thalassa samples the life-forms coating mineral rich geothermal vents of Europa. It maintains a topside link to the nuclear meltprobe that delivered it to this subsurface ocean.

Commission for Australian Geographic magazine, Issue 129, along with abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art…
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lydario Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Hey Alex, I'm a long time follower of your work, and appreciate all the care and research that goes into your otherworldly interpretations of what live may look like in other systems of life... and found myself wondering if you had any part in designing the alien life in the movie Arrival. There were a few features (primarily the tentacle hands) and the digits etc that seemed like a bit of a carry-over, not to mention a lot of your designs seem HEAVILY influenced by mollusks and specifically cephalopods! <3
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Happy New Year!
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MOCkeyMouse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist
you're art is weird ... I like it !
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Peterkat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anything in the future for Steampunk?:)
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infinityfractals Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
wow nice work
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
I have so many questions about these guys.  Do you have a FAQ page I can look at?
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Just how big is a Birrin?  Compared to a human, I mean?
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alexthegreater Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Any plans to make a Birrin mod for Stellaris?
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Arasion Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016   Digital Artist
Omg I found you! I've seen your work many many times on google images over the last 4-5 years and always amazed at what you create. 
You're such an inspiration to me! Thankyou so much! <3 
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Cpt-Cuttlefish Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Abiogenisis. I'd like to say i really enjoy learning about the Birrin and their world. I think it's amazing how much detail and thought you put into this universe you've created. I myself have been forming a universe with future Human civilizations, alien species and vast interstellar wars through sketches, compositions and pure thought for about a year now and it is really cool to see there's people out there that do something similar. I'd like to know how you come up with the physiologically for the beings you illustrate. They are so alien and foreign. (Which i suppose they should be)
-Thank you for the amazing art and interesting sci-fi
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