56

patrons

$331
per Digital artwork
Welcome! I am Alex Ries, an artist, science fan and creator of the fictional alien species the birrin.

I have been producing both science-fiction and scientific artworks for over a decade, with clients such as Australian Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Much of my fictional output has been focused on fleshing out the birrin species’ history, biology and culture, whilst the scientific illustrations have showcased the extraordinary anatomy of animals both living and extinct.  





Through your patronage I will be able to drastically expand the entire birrin world, while also exploring scientific concepts through my natural history artworks and technical illustrations.

Help Build a World
With your support I can increase the scope and detail of the birrin project, with the eventual aim of creating a detailed book that will immerse you in their world. This project is an exploration of the evolution, biology and ecology of an alien race, and making that world as plausible as possible requires considerable attention to detail and time consuming research.


Their biology, technology, culture and evolution can all be fleshed out with help of patrons such as yourself!

Support Scientific Illustration
Real world science informs and underpins much of the birrin project; creating wildlife and anatomical illustrations allows me to understand complex anatomy and technology and thus create more plausible artworks. My scientific illustrations have also helped scientists communicate their research as part of textbooks and dissertations. I believe it is important to explore and appreciate the life we have on this planet, and your support will allow me to continue creating awareness and an appreciation for the complexity of life on earth.

  


How Patreon Works:
My account is based on your support per image, rather than through monthly donations. My goal is to create approximately one highly detailed artwork per month. But, should a painting take more time than expected, or I am required on other projects, you are only charged your pledge when the artworks are completed and delivered!




What You Get: Rewards and Behind the Scenes Access
As a patron, you will gain access to exclusive materials: even in the first tier you will gain access to my creator blog, containing progress updates and unreleased sketches and concepts. At the very highest level of contribution, you can even get personal, customized illustrations! Below are the different reward tiers, and what each offers:
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per Digital artwork
25 patrons
You will receive my sincere gratitude! Your support will be helping fund the development of the Birrin universe, as well as original scientific and technical illustrations! You will also be granted access to the exclusive Patreon Creator Blog, where works-in-progress as well as concepts for upcoming artworks will be posted.

Pledge $5 or more per Digital artwork
14 patrons
  • The aforementioned Thanks! 
  • Access to my exclusive Patreon Creator Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork



Pledge $10 or more per Digital artwork
11 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail


Pledge $20 or more per Digital artwork
3 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to a Monthly Q&A, in which selected questions will be answered


Pledge $40 or more per Digital artwork
2 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • EXPANDED Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to the Monthly Q&A, in which your question will DEFINITELY be answered


Pledge $199 or more per Digital artwork
0 of 2 patrons
This tier is strictly limited, but offers a unique reward!

  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to the Monthly Q&A, in which your question will DEFINITELY be answered
  • A lineart illustration of an alien being from science fiction, or of your own design

Welcome! I am Alex Ries, an artist, science fan and creator of the fictional alien species the birrin.

I have been producing both science-fiction and scientific artworks for over a decade, with clients such as Australian Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Much of my fictional output has been focused on fleshing out the birrin species’ history, biology and culture, whilst the scientific illustrations have showcased the extraordinary anatomy of animals both living and extinct.  





Through your patronage I will be able to drastically expand the entire birrin world, while also exploring scientific concepts through my natural history artworks and technical illustrations.

Help Build a World
With your support I can increase the scope and detail of the birrin project, with the eventual aim of creating a detailed book that will immerse you in their world. This project is an exploration of the evolution, biology and ecology of an alien race, and making that world as plausible as possible requires considerable attention to detail and time consuming research.


Their biology, technology, culture and evolution can all be fleshed out with help of patrons such as yourself!

Support Scientific Illustration
Real world science informs and underpins much of the birrin project; creating wildlife and anatomical illustrations allows me to understand complex anatomy and technology and thus create more plausible artworks. My scientific illustrations have also helped scientists communicate their research as part of textbooks and dissertations. I believe it is important to explore and appreciate the life we have on this planet, and your support will allow me to continue creating awareness and an appreciation for the complexity of life on earth.

  


How Patreon Works:
My account is based on your support per image, rather than through monthly donations. My goal is to create approximately one highly detailed artwork per month. But, should a painting take more time than expected, or I am required on other projects, you are only charged your pledge when the artworks are completed and delivered!




What You Get: Rewards and Behind the Scenes Access
As a patron, you will gain access to exclusive materials: even in the first tier you will gain access to my creator blog, containing progress updates and unreleased sketches and concepts. At the very highest level of contribution, you can even get personal, customized illustrations! Below are the different reward tiers, and what each offers:

Recent posts by Alex

Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per Digital artwork
25 patrons
You will receive my sincere gratitude! Your support will be helping fund the development of the Birrin universe, as well as original scientific and technical illustrations! You will also be granted access to the exclusive Patreon Creator Blog, where works-in-progress as well as concepts for upcoming artworks will be posted.

Pledge $5 or more per Digital artwork
14 patrons
  • The aforementioned Thanks! 
  • Access to my exclusive Patreon Creator Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork



Pledge $10 or more per Digital artwork
11 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail


Pledge $20 or more per Digital artwork
3 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to a Monthly Q&A, in which selected questions will be answered


Pledge $40 or more per Digital artwork
2 patrons
  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • EXPANDED Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to the Monthly Q&A, in which your question will DEFINITELY be answered


Pledge $199 or more per Digital artwork
0 of 2 patrons
This tier is strictly limited, but offers a unique reward!

  • Access to the Exclusive Patreon Blog
  • High Resolution Image file of the final artwork
  • Progress Images from sketches to final artwork
  • Behind the Scenes material that explores the creatures, concepts and machines of each artwork in more detail
  • Access to my Customized Photoshop Brushes
  • Access to the Monthly Q&A, in which your question will DEFINITELY be answered
  • A lineart illustration of an alien being from science fiction, or of your own design