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Skydrops by Abiogenisis Skydrops by Abiogenisis

The small flying creatures are complete, thanks to the help of all of my Patrons! www.patreon.com/alexries?ty=h

"Within the humid understory of Chriiah’s richest rainforests, sudden flashes of color can occasionally be seen as darting creatures strike shafts of canopy light. Not more than two inches in length (excluding adornments) these flying beings, known locally as skydrops, exhibit an intriguing social structure and a viciousness that belies their whimsical name and colorful bodies.

Intelligent, and with the ability maintain very rapid controlled flight whilst maneuvering through a complex tangle of undergrowth, skydrops feed frequently to power their high metabolism. Plants that provide energy rich liquids grow in patches of forest frequented by skydrops, and the two groups of organisms have evolved mutualistic relationships.  Flower clusters of several of these plants produce a succession of blooms in sequence, allowing skydrops to establish set territories in the forest where blooms are active, and to pass reproductive cells from flower to flower as they do so. As sequential hermaphrodites, large mature skydrops are almost exclusively females and use their impressive head crests and greater size to control access to feeding areas. Smaller males, if they suitably impress a female, are allowed to mate with her, raise their young and feed within her territory. The cost of that access is to join other aligned males in defending their collective territory from other swarms, coordinating and maintaining their allegiance through a set of learned swarm-specific vocalizations. During times of limited food, many individuals are killed in the constant battle to secure active flowers.

After helping raise several broods, hormonal changes begin to transform these males into young females. This is potentially the most dangerous time in a skydrops’ life, as it must strike out to form its own swarm, or challenge the dominant female for leadership. If the matriarch’s position is secure, these adolescents will leave the swarm, accompanied by several allied males, and attempt to secure new feeding grounds. Many do not survive and are killed during this dispersal stage, but those that make it will begin to acquire their own entourage of males and increase their territory.

There is some variation among subspecies and geographic populations of skydrops, and not all are so aggressive. In areas of great abundance, several mature females may co-exist without significant conflict, even forming larger multi-swarm alliances in forests filled with their constant high-toned social calls."


But what to do next? Perhaps a scene of urban birrin life is in order...
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Meh flower equivalence, hummingbird mimics. Amazing art, waiting a quality as well as the visual poses that give me almost an ability to see the muscles flowing that's quite nice, but as for the concept wise, it just doesn't excite me like most of your stuff does .

that is, once I've seen some other projects with Flora that does not reproduces in manners similar to post-cretaceous earth Flora.


The bit about how these animals reproduce is interesting though, and that it reminds me of social fish, except that as far as I know many social fish species sex is determined partly by social hierarchy and sex changes tents for us left with that hierarchy changes, rather than there being a dispersal period.

nonetheless good job, one last question can these things walk at all?
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AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
They don't seem to have legs... but maybe their legs are inside their body.
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:iconanalienscientist:
AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Eeeeeeh flowers? Do alien planets have flowering lifeforms?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Who can say! The birrin world definitely does though..
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RedTigress84 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! Well designed!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hummingbird free avatar 
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:iconjeheil:
jeheil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't wait to see some city birrin!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thats a lot of buildings!
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:iconithinkofanamelater:
IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
I really want this as a print!   Please!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Done :)
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
Yay!yay 
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
They are very pretty. Quite delicate looking.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Tiny space birdies
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Wow so the females have the fancy head gear.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! They are the fancy bosses
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Cool!
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
This artwork is beautiful, it's one of my favourites from you. I'm so into your birrin world I just can't get it out of my head. I would love it if they made a walking with dinosaurs style documentary series of the birrin world and it's animals, living out the natural life's on this alien planet.  Also what is the gravity like on the birrin planet.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Would love to make that doco :P

Gravity is only slightly less than earth. It would be hard to tell the difference
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
It would be amazing. And that's for replying, your an awesome artist.:) (Smile) 
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ExelcisHistorian Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What exactly happened during the collapse/fall? I see it mentioned in many of your works yet there doesn't seem to be much explanation as to what it actually was.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It was a climate change/food supply collapse and resulting nuclear war
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SpaceInquiries Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
URBAN BIRRIN LIFE!!!
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:iconderpymuffinartist:
DerpymuffinArtist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm watching you. You're Birrin world is amazing. I could only dream of making such an amazing world. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Dream is all you have to do :P
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DerpymuffinArtist Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=3
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Jevasi Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
I leave for a while and this is why I remember to come back. Excellent work as always.
Also an scene involving the urban life of the birrin opens so many fascinating possibility's.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It does, a lot of them intimidatingly hard to draw XD
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mhoonruk Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
Your fantasy worlds are stunning :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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EVLWNS Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Hummingbirds, fairy wrens, moth wings, birds of paradise... and the scene, the composition, reminds me of naturalists' bird illustrations and such. Awesome. But how do they get about when not flying? Are there some legs concealed on them somewhere?

I'm also really curious about your plants. They look like they grow in a very different way from terrestrial plants. Is that the case?

(I might also put in a suggestion for a night market scene for your next piece. You ever seen a night market in Asia? Full of life and colour and noise and food and vivacity)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You can see the legs as a patreon subscriber, basically they have folded up like insect legs beneath a layer of fluff. They arent very mobile than and tend to hang from things.
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souhjiro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
or cave-birrin doing something prehistoric :P
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Some day!
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souhjiro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
Perhaps some birrin cowboys with sheperd dogs and a herd of whatever they have as cows...Yee-haw!
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28dragons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
vicious hummingbirds... I love them! could you draw some birrin pets? <3
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Next painting should have some ;)
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Do birrin keep livestock and pets?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Both!
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Good to know :)
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
hummingbird parrot butterfly combo vibe i'm getting from these critters

nice colors
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hummingbird free avatar 
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
imagine the work you'd have to put in to make a moving gif of the above critters
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Above my pay grade :P
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
:heart:

Awesome work. :)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
This. Is. Superb. :heart:
Not only the graphical art, but the written art! You think of EVERYTHING!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I try to! But I bet I missed something XD
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Man, with ALL the details that you alone - not a whole team of professionals, but a single individual - put into your work, you should be earning ALONE what a whole team of creative designers should be earning.
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Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Yes, please! I would like to see how the birrin live they day-to-day in the more urbanized areas of their homeworld.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Me too, going to be a tough painting!
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