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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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Kefrith Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I'll have to remember to look at it again more closely at a later date! I especially like the picture of Gehn from behind in the middle-left!
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E-Derby Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
One of the best pieces of Myst fanart I've ever come across. Appreciate you sharing it as it's a treat for the eyes and the imagination.
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Seleyah Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
This is incredibly amazing! I love all the detail, the quotes you picked out, everything! I first read the books probably about three years ago, but I first played Myst around eleven or twelve years ago. I absolutely love this series and it has changed my life in many ways! Thank you so much for this gorgeous piece of art!
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artistdude88 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
The picture had me at "What do you see?"

Very, very awesome!

May Myst live forever in our hearts!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved the Book of Atrus and am a great fan of the Myst series.
Your way of expression the main themes of the book on just one single page is just astonishing! I'm truly impressed and it only deserves to be in my favs!

Take care and make more good animation and art!

PS: It seems we have more things in common. I'm biologist too. :)
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madeinmars Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Simply amazing!
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Knuckles-Echidna72 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
I'm still reading it :D at the time, i'm a huge fan of the games, and the books as well. I love the story of it all!
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The-Bongmaster Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo :) a lovely tribute to such a wonderfull book (which i am reading again right now ;) )

i would love to see more like it..
i plan on trying to graphic a page or two of the story myself :) wen i decide on a style ;)
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T-SquaredProductions Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!! Nice... This is pretty cool... Very nice detail!
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bagshotrow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
oh snappppp! snap. I've done Myst fanart before, but this owns heavily all of my fanart. I love the gold fissure that cuts through the middle, but my favorite part is the falling books on the edges. That's perfect.

+fav
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zombiehunter Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
wow, this is such an elaborate and thought out deviation. There is just so much to look at. I love the myst series too, they're amazing...
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larkinheather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot! ^__^ It took a couple of days or working pretty much all day. But I do it for Myst. I love Myst.
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing. It's got some of my favorite parts in it too, like when Flame dies, or when Atrus is sitting there lolking at His Father who is lying drunk on the floor, and of course the whole climactic end-sequence on Riven. Whobahnobongu. What else can I say?
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Eleri Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Whobah... much with the nifty.
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cybre Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my... O.o This one just has me speechless. Excellent work!
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limnersphere Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004  Professional Photographer
One never knows what they will find when strolling through a particular section. An striking collage of images and another Myst/Riven/Uru fan!:-). Interesting how the book is falling down on the left hand side and then when it comes to the fissure (that Atrus fell through....) it disappears. Only it reappears on the right hand side at the bottom half of the image. It has fallen to rest at the bottom of the image with it's pages open. A lark sits there and reads it - which is a personalized touch because you mentioned that Larkin is your last name. I think how you portrayed the fissure is good because there is a double meaning. Those who are familiar with Myst Worlds know it is the fissure/rift in time & space that Atrus falls into but you made it a little more unique in several ways. The image is devided: Two dark halves split and separated by a golden light fissure (a subtle nod at Atrus's two sons who turned to darkness?) Also, the images within the fissure show a violent scene and the text reads "my father is mad". The fissure comes to symbolize the rift between father and child (....a nod at the rift between Gehn and Atrus, the rift between Atrus and his two sons: Sirius and Akanar).

:-) Good luck with the contest:-)
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larkinheather Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004  Professional Filmographer
Wow, I'm really glad that you commented. Yeah, the fissure design is a nod to that wonderful and mysterious star fissure, as well as a way to divide the intro, climatic, and conculsion scenes (sort of). And also o divide a younger and older Atrus. I never thought of it as being a divisor between opposing forces - I like that idea! :nod: "Son against father, truth against evil" sort of idea. Cool!
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foo222 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004
Love it! :+fav:
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