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Next piece will be a birrin encountering a human. I have my own ideas, but how do you imagine space faring humans in the birrin 'verse might be?
Irridalli by Abiogenisis

The Irridalli are a successful group of medium-sized predators stalking the upper levels of Chriirah’s tropical oceans. Like many mobile quadrilaterians, evolution has optimised their four-sided body plan into a sleek, secondarily bilaterally symmetrical shape able to move swiftly and efficiently through the ocean.

Possessing some social intelligence, Irridalli travel in loose pods to locate swarms of suitable food, at which time they separate and attempt to drive the prey nearer the surface, thus rendering them easier to capture. Despite this initial co-operation, the actual hunt itself is performed independently of the other pod members, cooperation only resuming when prey needs to be driven towards the surface once again.

While Irridalli are quite fast, many prey species are considerably faster and swimming speed is not their primary weapon: Moving in behind prey, the large eyes fix on a target and when in range two tentacles launch outwards as an elongated and lethally barbed lower jaw attempts to impale it. If the strike is successful, the tentacles rapidly coil around the doomed creature and draw it towards the mouth.

Like most apex predators, the Irridalli suffered major population depletion in the period leading up to, and during, the fall of birrin civilisation. As the birrin recovered, so too Irridalli populations increased in parts of their former ranges as prey species returned. The loss of genetic diversity however has resulted in higher than expected parasite loads in some pods.

Once hunted by the birrin as food, they are now rarely eaten both because they are widely protected, and are so infused with accumulated industrial poisons they are mildly toxic to ingest.



I am considering starting a Patreon campaign as a way to fund more regular Birrin artworks, and am curious:

If you were to become a supporter, what sort of rewards/perks would you like to see?
  • Reading: Blue Remembered Earth
  • Watching: Blackfish
I am considering starting a Patreon campaign as a way to fund more regular Birrin artworks, and am curious:

If you were to become a supporter, what sort of rewards/perks would you like to see?
  • Reading: Blue Remembered Earth
  • Watching: Blackfish


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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I love the concept of the Birrin and how you incorporated them into so much of your artwork. How did you come up with them, I might just have to make up a sentient alien species of my own. Worship 
Alnomcys Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
i love your creature concepts, very cool ideas :)
killahhillah Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The level of imagination you exhibit and your ability to actually put it into a visual platform is astounding. someone needs to animate your stuff , or atleast novelize the birrin.
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Jackskeleton1987 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Artist
All great ... l love your style ... I urge you to visit my profile and my creations =)
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therealdries Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Absolutely fantastic. By the time we actually manage to get a probe to another life-bearing world, most people will probably expect the Birrin to invite it to tea...
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kasaundra1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your aliens! They're very believable, but also obviously not from Earth. A hard combination to achieve. ;)
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Colubrine Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Your art is amazing and an inspiration? Will there be an artbook at some point?
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docgonzobordel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I follow your work since... a long time. I can't express very well my feelings in english, so I'll just say I deeply love your art and concepts, a movie like avatar don't stand in comparison.
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TheWeeLad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
You are a magnificent artist, designer and thinker... your work speaks volumes of a sharp mind and an at least deep enough understanding of biology and the need for verisimilitude in your "alien" works.
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