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The Kyrabilli by Abiogenisis The Kyrabilli by Abiogenisis
To see how I painted this creature, head over to Pheonix Atelier and sign up! I shall be instructing a class there from the 21st of October in creature design.

www.phoenixatelier.com/program…

The kyrabilli are a sentient hexapodal species about four and a half feet high, living on a small, warm world orbiting a slow burning star.

Although now technologically advanced, the kyrabilli evolved as environmental specialists who hunted for both animal and plant food across the extensive moss-like forest floors of their subtropical home. This soft sponge-like substrate played a key role in the evolution of the kyrabilli and their unusual needle like feet: The thin tips, unable to support themselves on the moss, sink into it several inches and are stopped from slipping deeper by a ring of tough, fibrous hairs. This provides some extra traction, but more importantly allows the thin and highly sensitive tips to detect vibrations passing through the denser ground beneath. By sensing the substrate in this way the kyrabilli can detect large creatures moving a considerable distance away while also communicating with one another via rhythmic vibrations through the ground. As their evolution progressed towards more complex intelligence, entire long range conversations could be carried on this way and thus the groundwork was laid for co-operative hunting and intertribal communication.

Whilst their stable environment made thermoregulation largely unnecessary, the kyrabilli are able to maintain an elevated body temperature when necessary by concentrating warm blood near the central organs and withdrawing it from the long slender limbs. Weather falling outside of their range of tolerance was met by moss matt shelters and communal huddling until the discovery of fire and limited clothing.

Sensory input comes from several highly specialised organs and is dominated by sight. Two stalked and densely packed compound eyes extend from the front of the head, below which hang sensitive olfactory organs to detect scents and changes in humidity. In keeping with their well-developed vibration detection abilities, their hearing is acute and is mediated through mobile ears at the tip of the abdomen.

As omnivores, the kyrabilli possess mouthparts and manipulators of a generalised and adaptable design. The arms, derived from the lips, lack a solid skeleton and collect fruits or carry weapons for subduing small prey. Equipped with their own basic sense of taste, these arms pass food up the mouth that lies between them.

Their most critical adaptation, however, may be their linguistic abilities which encompass visual, aural and infrasonic components. Various configurations of the limbs and body reveal the colourful blue patches on the legs and abdomen, the different combinations conveying meaning and intent. Sound is generated through a combination of stridulation using the rough inner surfaces of the arms, and air expelled and modulated through the twin breathing spiracles on either side of the abdomen. Dramatic punctuation and long range communication can be supplemented by beating on the substrate.

Currently a technologically advanced and relatively peaceful people, the kyrabilli have developed sustainable high density agriculture and their population continues to grow.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Are these in the same universe as the Birrin, or did you just decide to make a creature? (Or a combination thereof)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
They are stand alone, though it is possible they could be integrated into the birrin verse.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Hm. Interesting. I just meant that were they in the same universe as in the same galaxy as the Birrin. Great designs as always.
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shadowring123 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are neat~
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Thanks :)
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MightyDarknut Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how big are they? (and how heavy for that matter?) I would imagine them to stand (ears level) about as tall as a person, but that's probably just because i imagine most things to be about that big...
I feel like they would have to be small or light to be supported by the soft ground, even with those cool little hairs they have. 
anyway, hes pretty cute, and i think you did well with their design!

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I think they are probably about chest high to an average human?
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can they build interstellar spacecraft or portals?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Only interplanetary ships.
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh. Do the females have wombs?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Egg layers :)
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OniiGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Kinda looks like something from half life and Mass effect (Reaper) haha, but nice work mate!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Has that pointy reaper thing going on :P
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OniiGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
*Pointy reaper thing going on* Don't know what you mean haha XD.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Its face and tentacles all aim down, rather like good old Sovereign :)
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OniiGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Oh ok haha :D
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Chavatquiah Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Esthetically I really like your creatures, but I really can not understand them... always have all those superfluous legs... but why?? In nature there is nothing that has more than what is strictly necessary, and even those strange mouths and eyes with stalks, are more complicated than necessary... and so they looks unnatural and factitious...
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Xerxan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you must not look at a whole lot of wacky and crazy sea creatures and insects on earth with that mindset then XD
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
The number of legs isn't really a restriction. If that was so, all Terran life would only have one or two legs, since that would be, in technicality, all you would need. What matters more than efficiency is their ancestors that the life form had to base their bauplan on. It is grossly inefficient to have the breathing opening and the feeding opening in the same spot, but all tetrapods still have that since the original bauplan was like that. It's grossly inefficient and dangerous for babies to come out of a woman's pelvic area, but we're stuck with what we had earlier. If large animal-like organisms here evolved from a hexapodal creature, then they're stuck with it. Also, more legs mean greater stability and an injured limb will be less debilitating to the animal.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Millipedes seems to have a lot more legs than needed ;)
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loistava Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
eW, KILL IT!
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Aaand now they're pissed at you. Seriously, don't advocate for the murder of sentients.
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Akifan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish Carl Sagan would still be alive so I could tweet him a link to your works...I'm sure he would have been dazzled by your imagination and narrative for your works, You have amazing illustration skills and it's pleasant to read the logic and scientific reasoning for the descriptions of all the creatures displayed...Kudos!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I guess I will have to send them to Neil Degrasse Tyson instead XD
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Dibbity Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I'm guessing the gravity on their world is less than earth. Red dwarf star? I love the notion of tidally-locked planets with life.

I like all your eye stalk aliens, but could they really work outside of water like that? They'd have to clean them constantly, whereas all terrestrial vertebrates have to do is blink.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Actually terrestrial crabs still use eyestalks, and because they don't require moisture because of their impermeable out surface, they only need to be periodically wiped clean.
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richlycan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
If I had the money and imagination I would ask you to draw something lol
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Perhaps in time :P
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dfghj241 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
it looks like a crab to me... quite alien in a way, but i still can kinda see this thing evolving on earth... i mean, have you seen half the echinoderms that live here? its crazy, they're crazy alien, but again, they're not aliens, they're earth creatures... ah alien life is just so inconceivable... we don't know wich kind of chemical tricks life "found" on other planets, we can barely speculate about that, and the last thing i would do is think that chloroplast and mitochondria would form on xenoplanets, therefore giving rize to the extremely unlikely possibility of eukariotic cells forming into multicellular organisms and thus dividing in multiple branches taking advantage of one another...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Its true. Sadly I am restricted to life as we know it ;)
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations in hangaroundtheweb.com
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thanks :D
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Xstor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Excellent!!!
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
i'm getting a "half-life strider vibe" from the legs :)
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Finward-Erendash Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't know if I love or freaks me out the whole sentient-but-unrelatable thing with your aliens. Eitherway, I'm a fan of your artwork =D
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tesskou Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Buglien!! :P  So strange, yet pretty with its glints of blue :)

Everyone should check out Abiogenisis's demo video to see a preview of his class and the making of the Kyrabilli!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Thank you, M'lady :)
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Athelind Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous, and so intricately thought through.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Cheers ;)
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Ludjia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought they were in the same evolution line as birrin, their legs look similar to me, but maybe its your artstyle making them similar. I want to know more about how your sentient species would interact with humans and first encounters etc.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Its true, its just a configuration I keep coming back to :P
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Are they hostile to other species?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Not usually, they are pretty peaceful and delicate :)
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It looks dangerous. XD 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Ah, but not weapons. and very delicate.
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Otherwise, it looks smart. And reminds me of the Protoss Colossus. XD
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Neat, those things are cool :)
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Maybe they're cousins of the Kyrabilli?
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terra-wah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this inspired by the cosmophasis spiders? Those things at the end of it's butt remind me of spinnerets, and the cosmophasis I've seen tend to adopt that kind of pose too. I actually thought it was a photo of some cool spider I've never heard of from viewing the thumbnail... I just woke up :-P

Anyway, this is an awesome painting! I love the idea of the evolved mouthparts, too. It makes sense that they would evolve to use those parts as hands.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
It is DEFINITELY inspired by jumping spiders, and any small hunting spiders with elongated abdomens.
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