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Seafarers by Abiogenisis Seafarers by Abiogenisis
Two Birrin fisher-folk ride the wind back to the coast after a mornings' hunting. Marine creatures surf the waves with them, hoping for scraps when the catch is gutted and cleaned.

The boat, a small but strong outrigger yacht, was built by the local tribes to sail relatively close to shore in low tropical seas.

Its frame is built from the tough, plant like stems of local phototrophic organisms which have been pre-stressed into strong curved shapes and bound together under a watertight leather skin. This was then coated with sap and waxes from local plants and animals to further seal it. Inside the cabin, a birrin can rest, as well as store the days' catch. If water does flood the boats' interior, it is not a concern as flotation is provided by bundles of sponge like plant tissue inside the hull.
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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! I like the complex organic shapes and compound curves. It's hard to make something like this look realistic - keeping everything in perspective, shading, etc. - but you more than pull it off. The discussion of alien shipbuilding techniques is also fascinating - a leather outer hull over a wooden frame, rather than the all-wood hulls most Earth cultures use.

The sea creatures around the boat are also fascinating - they seem to combine traits of swordfish, dolphins and penguins. As usual, you have done stunningly beautiful work here!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I liked the idea of curved construction materials rather than the more rigid systems we often use. Took  a lot of inspiration from inuit canoe design!
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh, are you excited for No Man's Sky by any chance?
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I have been seeing hints of that game for years... I am intrigued ;)
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Mayhap I could point your fingers in the general direction of the official website?

You are able to sign up for a newsletter there, which will give you updates from their team.
Kanima-9 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I am new, and I would like to say that this photo, this series of the Birrin, are my favorite. This photo looks very nice because it just feels so laid back and harmonious.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thanks! It was one of the most enjoyable birrin artworks to paint.
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's clear that the Birrins are really brilliant.

Those marine creatures are so playful and beautiful. Aww

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks :D
angelwashere97 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I love the colors, and the water :D
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