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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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:iconjaredludy15:
i really wish you luck with that project. i'd definitely buy it. it seems awesome.
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:iconarkkeeper:
Arkkeeper Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow Birrin's have changed a lot since this picture.
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:iconabiogenisis:
They continue to evolve :)
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:icondarwin-king:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
1. I used 2B pencils

2. As for naming, i find running my eyes over my itunes playlist helps :P
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:icondarwin-king:
Sounds pretty neat X)
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:iconoblivionjunkey94:
OblivionJunkey94 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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:iconabiogenisis:
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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