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A fleeting glimpse by shoomlah A fleeting glimpse by shoomlah
Maybe it makes me a bad Myst fan, but I've always had a simmering hatred for the Falling Man. I love the symbolism, I love the idea and the iconic nature of the imagery, but the actual silhouette looks so bedraggled and poorly-vectorized over the years that my artistic brain can't wrap itself around it.

I've played with the idea of doing a piece based on the Falling Man for years, but I think this is the only time I had a solid enough composition to finish it up. Atrus would, in actuality, be holding the book as he jumps into the fissure, but I was too in love with the idea of him reaching out for it in the darkness.

I really do need to do more finished Myst art,

(Photoshop CS5)

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EpikalStorms Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   Digital Artist
You know something I think you would like? This web browser bases story-game, called Fallen London. I think you'd adore it, actually. It seems right up your alley. 
davidstrife1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017
that game is perfect in every way. i play it for about 4 hours a day. definitely something a myst fan would like.
Fadookie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
:+fav: I thought this looked so cool on the cover when I got the Unwritten PDF, nice work! I found an online campaign and I can't wait to play, one of the other artists from the book (Reba) is part of it. :)
sketchbagel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I saw this on Pintrest a while ago and fell in love with it. It didn't have artist credit, so I've been on a search for the artist. I FINALLY FOUND YOU!!!! :happybounce: 
yorozuyagaren Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Can I borrow that sleeve concept for a DnD character?
shoomlah Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ha, sure!
BlueBreegull Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Digital Artist
How have I not favorited this before? I saw it years ago on a Myst website and fell absolutely in LOVE with it! gaahhhh atrus

<3 <3 <3 forever
Zevimaru Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Thought this was from Lost Empire of Atlantis ;x;!
sunarii Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconspazattackplz::iconspazattackplz::iconspazattackplz: honestly, thank you for this. my god. i love myst so much and a lot of the people i know/talk to don't know about it :iconcryforeverplz: i just love the angle and the colors :iconloveloveplz: and also how he's falling. it's so romantic :heart: in the 'fantasy-like' sense, haha
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks so much! Always fun to run into other Myst fans. :D
sunarii Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :iconheehee-plz: yeah, the games are amazing. i love the different worlds and all the architecture!
ProfessorLawl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I LOVE your Falling Man. Love. ♥ So. Much.♥
DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013

This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
Lachoneus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love it! Good composition. Takes me back. Thanks.
skygazer17 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I love this! it is so awesome!
steelbattalion1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! I really like Atrus' goggles.
katphoti Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
So awesome! I loved Myst so much. This is wonderful!
DoctorLunch Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Writer
So. I am in no way a visual artist (I dabble more in performing arts and literature/poetry), but I just gotta say there is something really fantastic about your style! Atrus (or the Falling Man...?) looks vaguely Disney, but also obviously not.

I'm just blabbering at this point, but basically this caught my attention.

Thank you.
NthDegree256 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
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Jamie1317 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Before I even read the description I KNEW it was Atrus. The goggles did it.
Anbright Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Okay, I admit that I've never played Myst, or even really heard about it before now. But I just love this picture. And it has made me look up this game and add it to my list of games I would like to play someday.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And you should definitely check it out.
Angus90 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I can't express how brilliant this is!
Lord-Cephas Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Definitely worth coming online too see
elevatormouse Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Myst and Riven. All of my life. This is ridiculously excellent. Thank you.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, thanks! I love hearing from other people who are fans of the game. :)
elevatormouse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always fun to find people who love it.
ace-of-wands Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
If only the Myst comics were this beautiful. Brilliant brilliant work, as always. :D
elodie50a Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of my favorite !!
Great costume and great design !!
Kartonis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I really like how this came out, and your take on the famous scene is just fantastic!
camouflage-queen94 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wait... You drew this?? I just bought a print of this at SteamCon this year! That is so cool! :D eeeeeee! I love it!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
icewolf001 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
(DA really needs some Myst loving)
caravaggesque Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I wish this were one of your wallpapers - I would use it ALL THE TIMES
Mimuffet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I'm not sure i've ever seen Myst fanart - definitely didn't expect to - and certainly not by such a skilled artist! Thanks very much for creating this piece. :)
Kazemizu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Your art has been featured on our Awesome Alt Art blog! You can check it out at: [link]

All the best!
Zaarin1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I've only finished the last two and played the last three, I love the Myst universe. This is beautiful!
MystLover Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A young Atrus!
grafffite Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Artist
This is so awesome! =D
sketchtonia Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
ame- Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a grand Myst interpretation in art form that my nostalgic 5-year-old self is rolling around in circles with joy. THANKYOU. And please do finish more of your Myst art so I can just keep doing circles and imprint the LucasArts logo into my floor...
stillnotking Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Writer
This is magnificent.
SinisterTomato Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
There needs to be more Myst art out there. I absolutely love your interpretation. <3

As for him not holding the book, the original Falling Man isn't either, so I don't think it really matters. XD
Niysiechka Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!!!
Oriana132 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha before I even scrolled down to read the descrip I was thinking "hmm this reminds me of Myst!"
GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how you've done the book:D
blueglassbeads Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Um. "I really do need to do more finished Myst art" YES YOU DO.
MiraAstar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Writer
Ah, Myst, such an important part of my childhood.
LOllipOp-YuMi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
hi ..your art is awesome and i;m a big fan of u . there is some thing i wanna know how u do it. after u sketch with black color you change the lineart color to brown like for skin or any color as i saw in your youtube channel... please tell me how u do it .i;m havin a hard time figuring it out
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