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Birrin Spearbearer by Abiogenisis Birrin Spearbearer by Abiogenisis
Visual Development for my book project.

This is a rough idea for a 'fisherman' that lives in the tribal areas of the birrin homeworld.

Traveling in groups, they wade through shallow lakes and sand flats hunting swimming creatures to feed the village.

The spear is long and cannot be held as a human hunter would: These birrin have designed a harness with a shoulder rest that the spear slides along and which carries some of the weight. The harness also holds various implements, in this case a fresh water gourd, butchering knives in a leather sheath and a ring of spikes that the catch is mounted on while the fishing continues.

Due to the position of the spear rest, one ear stalk has been folded away to keep it clear.

Long time viewers will notice that this version of the birrin has a few changes to the original, as I continue to design it.
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Atherutistgeekzombie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine that birrin speech sounds a bit like tribble trilling mixed in with chirping noises, with a mix of clicks from bringing different parts of their "beaks" together
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Pretty much! Birdish.
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jaredludy15 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
i really wish you luck with that project. i'd definitely buy it. it seems awesome.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Gonna happen!
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jaredludy15 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
yaaaay c:
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Arkkeeper Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow Birrin's have changed a lot since this picture.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
They continue to evolve :)
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Two things:

1. What type of pencils did you use? I really like this style, I look to practice it.

2. On the earlier topic of naming things, which I know was from a while ago, I always like to use those 'human tests', where you have to type the weird looking letters that make a weird looking word. You just see what the word is and bend it around into a name you like. Fairly clumsy, but I like it.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
1. I used 2B pencils

2. As for naming, i find running my eyes over my itunes playlist helps :P
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Sounds pretty neat X)
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this old piece i'm curious how did the name birrin come about im having trouble naming my sentient alien
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I think it came about by adapting an australian aboriginal word.

Another way to do it is to look through a music playlist and combine different words from the song titles in your mind.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool thanks just looking at google translate now ive got a full drawing of my alien im happy with
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
would there be racial differences between birrins from different parts of their planet (skin color, slight proportional differences)?
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
love the spear sling idea
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I designed the birrin long before spore was developed.
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CXZecoatl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Huh...
Judging by the parts of the body and the tools it is using as well as clothing, I can see a very close ability for this thing to have been inspired by the game; Spore.
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Ivansz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like it because is very untypical, is hard to imagine something like this
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VC427 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
It's a very interesting design.
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:iconoddsword:
Oddsword Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Man, your Birrin characters are REALLY cool!
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Skeleton-Boy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have a question: where is the Birrin's brain located in relation to the rest of its body? I know that the Birrin are supposed to be a species with sentience, culture, and eventually even space-faring technology. Therefore, they must have some pretty large brains stored somewhere. How does the location of the brain, or main nerve cluster, relate to the location of the Birrin's sense organs? Would the distance that sense impulses need to travel affect the Birrin's reaction time?

I'm just curious.
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SkinnyJack Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
No offence, but I Wonder how they´re able to reach for their itmes on their backs with their anatomy.. would´nt be it better to use a bag attached on the "breast" ?
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
cool creature
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theanimejump Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im so into this
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Amazin as usual
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Again, another piece of fantastic artwork, may I ask how they attach the clothing though? Just a quaestion, PS I will make the Birrin species the dominant species on Abiodan so long as you can tell me 100% truthfullt that Birrin and the design are of your own creation! =)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
The Birrin are my design. I cannot allow them to be used in any stories because I am writing a book for publishing about them.
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Ok, I understand, Is there anything else I can't use, I respect your co-operation and will not use htem, is it allright if I give you some designs to muck about with and create?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Sadly, as I work full time and all my spare time is spent on the book project, I just cant afford to do any side projects. If there are other creatures you wish to use you will have to ask about them on a case by case basis. However, as most of my aliens will end up in my book, there probably wont be many.
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Maybe I should postpone my book for another time then I didnot realise you were already engaged in a project, I understand fully and admire your artowrk, I guess uve seen wayne barlowe?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Oh I don't think you need to postpone it. You could always invent some of your own aliens for your project.

Yes I've seen Barlowe. He is a large part in inspiring my project :)
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Yes I thought as much he's very good isn't he,

The only problem is, I can design because i'm ok at art but I cant digital colour it or anything and also, I can't do backgrounds for hell, I've got the ideas and I've done a few designs...

PS, how do you get your names?

Thx, Aidan
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I design stuff, though I'm not a great artist. Its your imagination that counts. :)
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dinshino Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
I'd like to see a skeleton of one of these!
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typerulez Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
really really cool dude!! XD
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celestialenvy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Amazing. :)
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monkeycat11 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
its very unearthly in its anatomy. i appretiate it
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wanwan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
think I will have to disagree with that comment. eventhough the design is unusual it is based on many earth creatures, from the cloven hooves to the relation between it's arms, neck and legs.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing to see these creatures use tools!
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fabbro85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Really nice work!!

[link] this is my gallery link...some advices and critics (I want to improve...)?
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GaianBells Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I love how you continue to design not only the creatures but also their cultures. Is this one "right-handed"?
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DinoJake Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Man, this book project is going to be epic. I can just tell.
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MraChakka Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
As always extremely nice :)
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Zurkhardo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I like! Well done!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice drawing, as always. The shoulder rest for the spear and the fish spikes are rather ingenious.
Some questions about the changes you made to the limbs. Do the ear-bearing still have antennae? Do the front walking limbs still have vibration sensors, and do the rearmost limbs still have defensive claws?
Also, I preferred the greater sense of muscularity in the limbs that your last painting of the Birrin had. These limbs seem a bit too smooth and tube-like. However, that's just my opinion, and you are of course free to change your designs however you see fit.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
The antennae are no longer on the earstalks, too impractical, heavy and vulnerable to being torn off. Instead the scenting organs are being moved to the eyestalks.

The feet are in flux. However they will still have spikes and sensors.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
My favorite part of this is the spiked blanket/harness for carrying fresh kills...It's just a very novel and "alien," yet totally practical, solution to a real-world problem. The multi-pronged spear is likewise a novel but completely believable twist.
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onichisteve Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I agree full-heartedly, and was going to say something similar.
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Kryptid Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Storing prey items on spikes. An interesting alternative to pockets. Shrikes do something similar with insects and thorns.
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Mjonir001 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I couldn't favorite this enough.
Your alien designs inspire me to do work of my own.
*grovels*
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