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A fleeting glimpse
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Published: May 20, 2011
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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,
-C

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EpikalStorms's avatar
EpikalStorms| 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. 
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that game is perfect in every way. i play it for about 4 hours a day. definitely something a myst fan would like.
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Fadookie|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. :)
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sketchbagel|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: 
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yorozuyagaren's avatar
Can I borrow that sleeve concept for a DnD character?
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shoomlah|Professional Digital Artist
ha, sure!
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BlueBreegull| 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
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Zevimaru|Student Digital Artist


Thought this was from Lost Empire of Atlantis ;x;!
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sunarii|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
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shoomlah|Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks so much! Always fun to run into other Myst fans. :D
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sunarii|Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :iconheehee-plz: yeah, the games are amazing. i love the different worlds and all the architecture!
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ProfessorLawl's avatar
I LOVE your Falling Man. Love. ♥ So. Much.♥
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:wave:

This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
:iconhappydayplz::glomp:
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Lachoneus|Professional General Artist
Love it! Good composition. Takes me back. Thanks.
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skygazer17's avatar
I love this! it is so awesome!
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steelbattalion1|Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! I really like Atrus' goggles.
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katphoti's avatar
So awesome! I loved Myst so much. This is wonderful!
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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.
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NthDegree256|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
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Jamie1317|Professional Writer
Before I even read the description I KNEW it was Atrus. The goggles did it.
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Anbright's avatar
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.
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shoomlah|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And you should definitely check it out.
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Angus90's avatar
I can't express how brilliant this is!
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