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Sardu Reef by Abiogenisis Sardu Reef by Abiogenisis
The oceans of the Birrin homeworld are populated by vast numbers of organisms, particularly the mid-latitude tropical zones on either side of the hostile equatorial 'Kiln'; a region of intense heat and violent storms. The surface waves and currents generated by these weather events create deep oceanic mixing, bringing nutrients to nearby surface waters and supporting the assemblages of life found there.

The birrin are at home in water, and many engage in swimming recreationally with or without the aid of SCUBA systems. Diving activities are associated with risks: as in this potentially dangerous encounter with the creature seen here.

Evolved from the same land-living ancestor as the birrin the Sardu, as they are locally known, are air breathing creatures of great strength and predatory skill. They range across most regions of the ocean, hunting diverse prey depending on local resources, and adjusting their strategies accordingly. All however rely on an extraordinary ability to generate powerful electric shocks via organs housed in their huge, elongated horizontal jaws. This allows them to stun entire schools of smaller organisms to consume at their leisure, or to probe their jaws into soft mud and detect, flush out kill benthic creatures of considerable size. The electrogenic organs also have a social purpose; and mating individuals compete to show both their ability to generate electricity, and to withstand the shocks of their adversaries. The small creatures that accompany sardu as commensals must also be tolerant of this hazard, and most swim to a safe distance during the closing stages of a hunt, moving in to feast on the scraps afterwards.

The birrin diver seen here may seem in danger, however it is experienced with the local sardu and knows it is not a part of their prey search image; the constant stream of bubbles generated by the SCUBA gear and bright wetsuit look so unlike the large bottom dwelling creatures it usually hunts that it does not view the birrin as food.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question about the Birrin. Have they invented art like we have? And by art I mean music, dancing, and theatre. And if so, then what does their music sound like? What do their dance moves look like? And what is their style of theatre, such as acting and shows, like?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They have invented though things, though it varies from culture to culture. As far as music goes, generally they use a lot of subsonic beats, often transmitted through the ground
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
What about theatre? Also, they have invented through things?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Through things?
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, you said "they have invented through things" in your original response.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oops, I meant THOSE things :P
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
OOH, thanks! That was very helpful. So they have invented theatre and dancing?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah they have used theater since ancient times to transmit cultural stories.
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papergun Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
just LOVED all your work.. i always wanted to design another worlds lake yourself, but i lack on skills to draw properly.. maybe someday, when i improve my digital airbrushing.. :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta practice practice practice!
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FullySubmersed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
This is amazing!  I love all the thought you put into the creatures here--from their appearance to their habits.  There are so many great details in this picture--from the scars on the Sardu's flukes, to the little scavenger/cleaner fish underneath it, to the scuba gear worn by the birrin.  When I clicked on the thumbnail I thought the Sardu was some kind of submersible craft, and was very excited to see that it was a huge marine creature instead!
Really, really great work!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I try to imagine these things are real critters within an ecosystem
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2015
A game based on this planet of yours would be very interesting :) Off with quadrapeds, on with hexapeds!
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
My motto.
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OctopusGames Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
This is exceptionally alien and yet realistically rendered. An electric cetatean. :) Monkey likes. 
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
wow this is epic!!
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Zadocfish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the Birrin seem kind of like humans in behavior despite thier form!  Donning diving equipment to interact with giant predators with only a reasonable assurance of not being eaten...  This dude's either a tourist or an oceanographer. 
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DVhuizen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing picture. The way you flesh out your works completely draws me in. It's so detailed and thought-out, this animal might as well just be real.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, figuring out how they work is half the fun!
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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
From the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at some sort of submarine, or maybe a spaceship. The fact that this creature is alive - and part of an extraterrestrial ecosystem which includes sapient life - actually makes it more fascinating. I also enjoy your description of the Sardu's lifestyle. Your work is excellent!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wouldn't it be dangerous to swim near a predator that big? Usual prey or not, if it gets curious or attacks something close to you . . .
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Quite dangerous! Though they dont see birrin as food. Usually...
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firefightingcaptain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Very surreal...love it
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Cube-U Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
THAT POOPING WHALE AIRPLANE HAUNTS MY DREAMS. I SAW THIS PICTURE A WEEK AGO AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH IT. GOLLY GOSH LARGE SEA ANIMALS ARE MY BIGGEST FEAR. It's a lovely picture though. Just a tad frightening. More than a tad. Quite a lot actually. This picture generates quite a lot of fear.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And it WILL eat you ;)
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Cube-U Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
o_o blech! Make it stop :O
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful !
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realTurtleNipple Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnifique, non? Lausanne ici, et vous?
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Evidemment que c'est magnifique !
Moi je viens d'un piti village du Valais, proche de Martigny ^^
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Danke :D
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ! Being swiss doesn't mean I understand a fucking word of german xD I live in the french part, so "de rien !"
Ich spreche nicht gut deustch. So ein bisschen, as they say. I think .-.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And the only German I speak is Danke ;)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's something ! x)
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Karxan1970 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Thank you for the use of this great creature in the Star Frontiersman ezine.

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A pleasure!
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Photographer
I think that Sardu is as big as whale shark, if not bigger.

I like to ask you one question:
are Birrins very fast or agile swimmers, particularly without any diving equipment?

Anyway, this scene is beautiful.
The bubbles are one of my favorites.

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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Zomvee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
That Sardu thing looks like a freaking spaceship dude.
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Feels like a cross between a shark and a whale...
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aritmait Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
hey, i'm new in the world of art and when i created my account in this website, i stumbled on one of your artwork. it was a MASTERPIECE. and ofcourse like other people i'm fall in love in your alien design. i read the comment on one of your artwork stated that you've been in this kind of thing for a past few years!?!?

seems like i've missing a lot of things.

i would love to see your work outside this website just so that i can learn more about birrin. do you have any blog or something like that?

anyway, this is a great piece of art :D

(sorry, bad english.)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey mate, most of my stuff is posted here but I do have some other sites.

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aritmait Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
thank you so much :D

i just can't get enough of birrin. ^^
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I believe this... This is real.
Take me to your home planet, I want to take pictures of the Birrin too!
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are sardus mammals, so are the birrins?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually there are no mammals anywhere but earth. They are all entirely different beings.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, so now I know.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is a Sardu? I is most confused. :confused:
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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost looks like a photo........:iconepicclapplz:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeahhh
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