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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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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Very epic work!:D
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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!
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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!
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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh, are you excited for No Man's Sky by any chance?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I have been seeing hints of that game for years... I am intrigued ;)
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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
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.
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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.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thanks! It was one of the most enjoyable birrin artworks to paint.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Photographer
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)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks :D
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angelwashere97 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I love the colors, and the water :D
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
What would the equivalent of Birrin technology be in human terms and ages? To me, it looks kind of like after the roman empire fell.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This is set in what to us would be modern times, this tribe just doesnt use modern technology.
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Ah. Just like parts of the world on earth, right?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Yep, every birrin culture is different :)
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
As is usual for a sentient species.
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at your tremendous work is like studying Birrin society as a visitor or tourist of their planet. So convincing. Cool! :)
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CelestialTrilobite Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such and iconic picture!!!
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Alex-Brady-TAD Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
youd love Dark is the Sun by PJ Farmer, its set in the deep deep future on a world full of bizarre and thrilingly exotic biology; living sailing ships and airships with their own horrifyingly visceral lifecycles stick out in my memory particularly strongly.
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psion005 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet ride :w00t:

Me--->:alien:
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
I BOW TO YOUR CREATIVITY!!!!
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Bake-kujira Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Amazing piece. Love the design of the Birrin boat, it is truly 'alien' looking.
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DeadlyBlackAlien Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
This is awesome! :D
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Francundo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
:D
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Love the Birrin aliens so much and I love you're aquatic aliens a lot to
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Whitedragon51 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Interesting world you are making here. I wonder if I will see the story that takes place in it.
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futurepaleoxeno123 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Brilliant!
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Bioscanner Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
very nice i'm currently working on a project similar to your but dont know where to start. Where did you star with you project on the Birrins i similar skill level wiht yours but need a starting point any pointers?
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tosohatchee Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Are you creating a book? I would suggest reading Wayne Barlowe's Expedition. Its right up your alley
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Crazyeoin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
very nice! a unique view
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EliteDinosaur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
awsome
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GreatMarahute Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the boat looks more mechanical then organic
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and thought-provoking. Instant fave!
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DSil Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Wonderful. I love the concept of the boat.
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Xyloplankton Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I really like your sense of style! The technology and creatures in this picture are clearly alien, but seeing such alien beings participating in a common activity gives them a sense of personality that other pictures often lack. Great work!
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luka1184 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Something that fictional alien cultures lack...
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SeanE Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some of the best non-anthropoid aliens I've ever seen!
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:icondeefah:
Deefah Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love this style of yours mate :)
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ShowOff77 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Truly amazing.
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Istnir Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Beautiful, amazing, i really wish i could do that...
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robopet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Great the way you construct contextual worlds for your work.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Hello,
Your deviation was featured in this news article!
Do browse through the other amazing deviations!
Thank you!
:)
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PhoenixGR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, an alien catamarran...
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sae-von Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Are the Birrin meant to be at our technology level?
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:iconzombiesaurian:
ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work man! I love the fact of aliens.
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MickMcDee Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great as always!
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CherryBoxer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I'd rather see this get a DD though o:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Haha yeah, I thought I kind of screwed up the color on Protest :P

I prefer this one XD
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CherryBoxer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Next time, maybe c:
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
god,i love your pictures. they're so scientifically plausible,everything's so thought through. good job!
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