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Myst : Book of Heather by larkinheather Myst : Book of Heather by larkinheather
Yay for my first dev contest entry!

Anyway, here's the scoop on this image:

I picked up "Myst: The Book of Atrus" off the shelf in Barnes and Noble just because of its curious-looking cover. That was in seventh grade. Now eight years later, there isn't a facet of my life that hasn't been inspired by this book. What I love about this book are the characters - characters that either reflect who I am or who I want to be. So, I've drawn out several key scenes and added quotes from the book that represent the traits of the characters that I find most attractive: curiosity, creativity, intelligence, strength, humility and a bit of mysteriousness.

To Atrus, the main character, the world is out there to be solved and understood. His attention to nature and science was so impressive to me that I wanted to see if I could be the same way, and now I'm a junior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The physiological diagram at the top is that of a lark, which I've adopted as sortof my signature animal (my last name is Larkin). There's another little lark at the bottom right looking into the Myst book.

At the top, under the bird is Atrus writing in D'ni, the language of the people about which the book is about. Once I got into learning this language, with it's different alphabet and strange grammer, I realized how much fun language study is, and now I'm taking fourth year Japanese (the text under the D'ni).

My university's logo sits inside the gates to the city of D'ni, in the drawing all the way to the right of the orange fissure. Going to my school for the first time was just as exciting as Atrus' first venture into the city.

As a last personal reference, I added small portraits of two other role models of mine, Darwin and Leonardo DaVinci, whose interest in nature, science and art remind me of the Myst characters.

The drawings were done in pencil and merged in Photoshop.
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TribalStrength Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Heather this is wonderful, well done!! I too have done this since a very young age, and have loved the myst games and books and delved into them with fervor! I too and my art reflect the Native Myst Idea, and have more native american myst crossover ideas, even the D'ni sounds a bit native! so great to see this! oh and your art is wonderful!!
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larkinheather Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Myst has had a big impact on my life and it seems like it's had a big impact on yours too!
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TribalStrength Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Most definitely, love the myst realm if you will,the whole idea behind myst is wonder and amazement with a dash of magic!!
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larkinheather Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
hehe yes indeed!
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laughingpineapple Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Oh dear, this was yours? I remember seeing it when I first got into Myst and thinking "Wow. Inspirational." It still is!
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larkinheather Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks! I made this many years ago now, but I was looking at it the other day and I still think it reflects how i feel! :D
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thephoenixprod Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is great !!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Katran looks really pretty here! Prettier than Sheila Gould or the other actress! ^^ I'm faving this...
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Coguelin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Okay, it's hard to be objective because I really love the whole Myst universe but... this is a really cool piece.
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KJanuary Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
I remember seeing this beautiful piece of art a long time ago, but apparently I never commented. Well, let me say it now-- this is a beautiful image in its own right, a wonderful tribute to the style and spirit of the books, and a powerful declaration of your own.
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