Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Plenty of artists and would-be naturalists are content to observe extraterrestrial beings from a discreet distance — perhaps a few miles away, via hyperzoom. But only artist Alex Ries, aka Abiogenesis, is willing to approach these creatures and paint them.

We featured an image by Ries the other day in our post about creating an alien life form, and we were blown away by his vivid imagery of an alien creature meeting a human for the first time. Here are a few more of our favorites from among his work. According to this blog post from 2009, he's trying to publish a book of his artworks of one of his made-up alien species, the Birrin — here's hoping it actually happens!

Tons more images at the links. [Abiogenesis at Deviant Art and Alex Ries.com]

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Bioblimp

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Protest

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Alien Parenthood

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Hunter

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

The Birrin

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Explorers

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

The Shadow of the Sun

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Seafarers

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Stoplight, Loosejaw

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

Pseudoraptor MK 2

Only one artist dares to capture alien creatures in their natural habitat

The Kill