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Piersons' Puppeteer by Abiogenisis Piersons' Puppeteer by Abiogenisis
A Re-Imagined Piersons' Puppeteer, a fictional species from Larry Niven's Known Space series.

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:iconthebronxlegend:
TheBronxLegend Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
I am a huge fan of KnownSpace and given the state of the world and technology back when Niven was looking for inspiration to create the science and creatures of his world I can say that his creative choices still make sense and stand firm in todays's world alongside all the progress we have achieved and the data we have obtained. He was clearly ahead of his time. 

That said I think you and Mr. Niven, think similarly.  While the portrayal is clearly your interpretation of his work, dare I say if Mr. Niven were to create his puppeteer the today he may have have very well conceived something more akin to what you have created. Great Job! Clearly your version benefits from access to far more resource material in film, literature and art than was possible for Niven in the 70's but you have created a Puppeteer that was clearly conceived in the internet era, and it is glorious!!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Thank you! His is the only plausible '2 headed alien' I know of. I just added 30% more alien :P
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:iconthebronxlegend:
TheBronxLegend Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
I like yours better, with all respect due to the diversity of "known space" I am a huge fan of your work, long live all things scifi
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Tried to make them slightly... weirder :P
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DannySamFanMan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
This is awesome but aren't they supposed to have a mane over the central hump that is brushed in a way that indicates their status in puppeteer society?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
They are, in this case it is hidden under the clothing. 
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Matrus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
It deviates a little from the describtion in the books, but it is the most realistic looking version of a Puppeteer I found so far.
I would love to see you draw more aliens from good sci-fi books like some of the Ousters from the Hyperion Saga or the Biots from Rama.

Strangely enough there are few good artists who bother to put their imagination of such described creatures on paper, or it's just hard to find them.

In any case... thumbs up for all your work.
Looking forward to any new addition, no matter where the source of inspiration lies :)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Thanks! Yeah, the client wanted my own redesign and I was too happy to oblige :)

I wanted the heads to be a little less... Sock puppet :P
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JRBeeler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Uggh -- doesn't look like anything anyone ought to trust.  Fitting, I guess.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
They would trust us even less!
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BamH1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I like your version. I always felt Barlowe got the rear anatomy a bit wrong with the hind leg. The hips he drew looked too bovine even though there was only a single leg. This is a nice treatment although from memory the "mouthparts" were described more finger like.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Ha its true, the client wanted my own take on them but if I was to be really accurate, they would need the flexible finger lips.
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JurLLu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GAHH-- YESSSS!! I love the Puppeteers! :D
And you did a great job of making them look really creepishly alien, it's great.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Just the way I like them ;)
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seanstickle Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
If you ever make a print available for this Puppeteer, I should very much like to purchase it. Brilliant rendering. 5 stars. Would follow this to Ringworld.
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CyberWolf626 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god, that is freaky-looking but I like how close it is to the original!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Cheers, they would be weird beasts to meet :P
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CyberWolf626 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed!
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pictureguy2427 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
This is the best piersons puppeteer I have ever laid eyes on!!!!!!!!!

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thanks, I tried to give it more of an alien feel :P
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
You should send a copy of this to Niven, he shows up at sci-fi cons etc. A friend of mine gave him a copy of my Kzin portrayal, and he was happy with it (also, I portrayed the Kzin as a reasonable theromorph para-tetrapod alien, not as a furry, thank goodness). Tell me if you want to see my Kzin.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Sent, now we will see if he responds :P

And I would love to see your Kzinti!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Looks awesome, you managed to make it look alien while still retaining the 'rat cat' description :)
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wanted to stay true to the rat-cat side of it, but also how Niven describes them as "bipedal tigers" as opposed to cat-men. The big mistake most people make drawing them, is making them look like furries or anthros, even the book covers are guilty of this. I like the fact that they have retractable ears that are like bat wings, no earth mammal has ears which retract into a hole in the skull. All in all, I think Niven did a good job at making it "mammaloid alien" but not "mammal". The text mentions that a zygote in a reproducing Kzin is actually formed from two ovum, one from each parent, and no sperm, Kzin don't have them. Also, there was reference to "belly struts" instead of ribs, which has been drawn as a lattice instead of a ribcage, also that they have a mouth full of similar sharp teeth, instead of heterodont molars, canines, incisors, etc.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
What did you think of the versions in the Star Trek cartoon :P
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually its pretty good.

This one is my new fave, though:

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Oh yes I have that image, it is definitely my favourite :P

They managed to keep the essentials and make them look damn dangerous too.
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scifieric Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
This is a very interesting take on the Puppeteers!  Extremely well done.
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tensoup Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
The left head looks like it just saw a sharp object that it might hurt itself on lol
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Tetzauh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Not bad at all. At first sight I tought he may be wearing some sort of impact armour. 
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smallpaws14 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what program do you use to paint this
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
where is its rectum? because i imagine it shitting on its hind foot !

great detail
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Haha good point XD

Perhaps its on the back of the rear leg?
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Probably has a cloaca in the inner hip joint of the rear leg, and projects liquid waste forward.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Exactly like in the novel!
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Puppeteers do have hair.
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sqmaniac01 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice. I like aliens that actually look alien.
The only thing is that the bent leg doesn't seem to match the one to its left.
Otherwise, cool!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Good point; didnt notice! Might have to fix that :P
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I wouldn't mind if you did.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you please do reimagined versions of all the 5 Deviants and a Whoman and a Botz one by one from the PS Vita classic Little Deviants now?
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sqmaniac01 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
You obviously have more experience with this kind of art than I do.
By the way, are you planning on creating any individual birrin characters, or do you just want to flesh them out as a species?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Oh I definitely have specific characters in mind, they will be rolled out over time :)
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sqmaniac01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
That's cool. Sorry for taking so long to reply.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
No worries. I am working on some birrin babies now.
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sqmaniac01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
That could be either really cute or very weird. do they hatch from eggs or are they live born?
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NoctumSolaris Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. I'm not possessed of the need for it to be reimagined, but I love it anyway.
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Deviousperson Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
From the ringworld series, correct?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It is :)
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