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Winding Down by Abiogenisis Winding Down by Abiogenisis
Many birrin, being pleasurably susceptible to many of the psychoactive defence compounds found in their planetsí plants, have developed complex rituals around recreational drug use.

The practices are not universally accepted, and many societies have strict controls to reduce their economic impacts. Others embrace them to such an extent that they have become an essential part of the daily ritual, as is the case with the Southern Chey nations: Before and after work many Chey stop at their local smoking bars to partake in a variety of substances both inhaled and ingested. As community focal points, smoking houses are also places for social interactions, and as a way to prepare for, or wind down from, the daysí pressures.

Smoking houses have a long history, this example predating the widespread collapse of birrin society millennia ago. Restored by wealthy locals as civilisation recovered, the interior was painted a calming blue to lend an air of tranquillity. To avoid the smoke damaging their garments, many regulars wear blue smoking suits infused with years of volatile chemical scents.
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:iconkanima9890:
Kanima9890 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member
I find it somewhat ironic the the Birrin species is its most pacifist when under the influence
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Oh they take drugs to get mad too!
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:iconmunkas02:
munkas02 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  New member Student Artisan Crafter
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Chillin'
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cool creatures!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thanks :D
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:XD:
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:iconhelixdude:
Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
"Hey dude, have you ever wondered if there are these things with two arms, two legs and two jaws?"

"Wow, totally far out idea man!"
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
I am one and even I think thats weird!
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:iconhelixdude:
Helixdude Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
 Why not give'em some earth-weed. That oughta' be interesting. *evil grin*
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thats a bit lightweight for them ;)
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really love this piece, and i thaught of another idea you may or may not fine funny basically show what a reseraunt would look like on thair homeworld, maybe show how they're food and such, maybe it could be a pic of a birrin taking out another birrin for a meal
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Yeah I actually have sketches for that so I should finish it...
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sweet! Lookng forward to that Im actually about to try and draw one of my species working on a farm, should be chalangling 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Its so much harder than just another war pic, which everyone usually does.
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah but hey not all aliens are war wagers, its nice to see scenery i want to see more from the birrins homeworld maybe a birrin house 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Yeah I definitely want to do a house, not just action scenes.
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well i hope to see some awesome stuff from you soon
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:iconthequeenofember:
TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Yay high aliens xD
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
The best kind!
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:iconperiodiccrafter:
PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
yay alien getting high
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Birrin know how to roll.
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kasaundra1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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ArthurDrakoni Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I think what I love the most about these creatures is that while they're clearly alien they stil retain a certain human element to them that makes them relatable and familiar.  I'm a big fan of mixing the familiar and the unusual.  Great work on these.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Yeah just got to keep a few anchoring elements to make their experience relevant to humans.
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant. Very few illustrators have managed to show aliens in a truly alien setting, Wayne Barlowe is perhaps the best at this, but you seem to have an even better grasp of technology. He's certainly got competition now!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Hopefully we shall work together some time :)
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:iconmichel-lamontagne:
Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would be great to see.  I wonder if a first contact, you one race, Barlowe the other, would work.
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:iconmulgrin:
Mulgrin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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:iconkanima-9:
Kanima-9 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I was online and was looking around, and I saw: "Birrin and Human". They are two children, one Birrin and one Human, and I was wondering if you're affiliated with that photo, and if so, you should work off of that.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Link?
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't kept up with your work for the longest time but I saw a fav thumbnail on someone elses page and it turned out to be one of yours, my god man, your stuff just gets more and more brilliant. I love it!!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Aww yiss :D
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Andrew-Parkin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Sick-awesome artwork, and the description; that is what I like to see!  Props man, major props
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
:D
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist

Questions:

 

Is Birrin food bad for humans and vice versa?

What is Birrin art and music like? (I they have music)

What other aspects are there to Birrin social life?

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I think there will be some crossover but a lot of cross species food might have no nutritional value, and the bacteria it contains could be deadly.

I imagine birrin have a lot of music based on very low frequency rumbles and deep sounds, to suit their hearing.

Birrin social life has endless variety :)
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:iconmr-gimmick:
Mr-Gimmick Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So they like bass? I dig it.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
They live for it :P
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:iconbinary12:
binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for answering my questions about Birrin culture!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Any time ;)
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Of course!

Blue color gives an air of tranquility.
That's why on earth many bars, restaurants, night clubs and etc. are lighted in blue.

And as always, great work Alex! Clap 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thanks :D
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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:icondiggermutant:
diggermutant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The clothes remind me of race horses. Are those cigars tucked behind the eyestalks?
This is the sort of place I'd visit if a hospitable analog appeared on Earth.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
They are cigarettes with various drug mixes.
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MightyDarknut Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, these guys are so awesome! err... sorry, older ones become girls, right? 
anyway, this picture (and all your other ones) makes me wish i could travel to the planet and meet them! (even if they don't like me as much as i like them!)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Still working out the gender problem, seems that in nature this kind of thing can get very complex :P

Oh I am sure some of them would love you!
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Nonanthropoid and nonhumanised sentients actually exhibiting CULTURE. This is indeed a rarity in my feed. Well done.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thanks, I didnt just want to create monsters.
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