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The Fall by Zirngibl The Fall by Zirngibl
UPDATE: Wow, this piece seems to finally be getting some attention- 10x more faves in the last few days than it has had in the last 2 years! (Thank you, deviantArt groups.)
This one of those few illustrations where everything seemed to fall into place.

At the same time, it's frustrating that I did it over 2 years ago and can't seem to make anything recently that people like more than this one... Maybe it's a sign I should return to doing more stuff in this style or something?

UPDATE 2: Wow, a DD! Thanks so much guys! Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my journal/comments on here.


This was originally an 8" x 10" graphite value study I did for an open-ended homework drawing early in my sophomore year. I colored it a little later in Photoshop.

A large factory on the side of a cliff (Uses gravity to aid in the conveyer process) is now abandoned. I'll place the setting 30 years in the future. A new "extreme" sport is to scale the outer walls of this structure to dizzying heights with the aid of straps that go around the hands and feet and use the properties of what many reptiles have (such are being developed now for wall scaling). It takes a lot of body strength. In the colorized version of this, I plan to put graffiti in places to show that people do these things to "leave their mark".

The guy below is falling, but casting out a special device used for such a case. It comes with a small parachute as a stabalizer, and then casts out a circular ring of darts with the force of a shooting gun (180 degrees from each other so as to counteract kickback), resulting in several (4-6) lodging themselves in to the wall, enough so that the faller's weight can be held up among them. (They don't always work, so we can't be sure of the faller's fate!)

This is why climbers scale the gaps between the structures. By the way, belaying ropes are considered very lame in this sport and cause climbers to be looked down as weak.

Such a device is expensive, and the hooks have to be replaced after use.

By the way the guy's arms look a little long, but my brother (the model for both figures) is 6'6" (or is it 6'7" now?). Getting the reference was a challenge and I referenced 9 separate photos for the top figure.
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Given 2011-11-05
The Fall by *Mechaorthopteroid has a dramatic feeling very intense. The perspective is complex but is very well executed, as well as the anatomy and shading. Impressive! ( Suggested by LadyFromEast and Featured by Atramina )
c55m Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I've fallen for The Fall.  Great artwork!
samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can feel the climber pushing out into the walls!
giggiodibello Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
ilovejoanna Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
really cool I can fly 
fumar-porros Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! that's really outstanding... :-)
Dulbatan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so epic
Deimurus Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Really cool
Synski Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
totally amazing, congrats.
Geello Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWSOMEEE!! love it!!
Greyability Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere. This looks really good. :)
Rymbo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
AMAZING! I can feel the preassure of the fall!
Really I love it!
Psychoanalytic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done! I love it!
leloops Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
ahhh, gravity is a bitch :slow:
May-Wolfotrommuffin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woah...thats really amazing! :o
Noitusan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Amazing painting with great perspective. :thumbsup:
greymenace Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh outch.. thare woudent happen to be matreses at the bottem of that bottemless pit would thare? :o
JohnnyThat1Dude Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Writer
Yay, you let there be a chance that he willprobably die.
SunnyMothman200 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning! The perspective is amazing!
TheLovelessRose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Absolutely Amazing. The detail of the picture is simply breathtaking, and the colors compliment eachother so much its wonderful. The perspective is wonderful as well!! :D
mlvilleneuve21 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent positioning
SharpPhotoStudio Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
This looks like something I feel that I am going to see while playing Bioshock Infinite. Very cool concept.
YTheJoshuaTreeY Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Very cool perspective. Great compositioning too.
blackrain8 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very fascinating, thx for the backstory too, gives it more life.
DiSaStrOUS-bLIZZaRD Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Zutaki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
samanthadoodles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
very cool (:
Kodomina Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous !! I love u idea :icononionloveplz:
RoqueRobinArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it :D
WebFlow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like perspective and atmosphere!
philmster Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Amazing work :+fav: All in all your style is so refreshing and unique btw. Love it :)
dan005 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
What an interesting idea! *о*
Dragonpride12 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The perspective looks incredible. I like the pose and the scenery. Well done! Great job. :D
SimpleProdigy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i faved for the detailed back story/special device lol =)
Mysterys47 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just awesome....=D
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
MotherOfDefiance Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
i know how you feel about that frustration. strangely enough, the piece i cannot surpass was also done my sophomore year except i did it all in mixed media by my own hand, no computers, on an 18X24 heavyweight bristol smooth paper. Indigo Children. My best.
WSHM Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Your Setting reminds me of the Ark off of Brink. Also grand job
elrahayu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like it, really awesome
ZakkaryShbadacary Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
all I can say is wow.
akshay-nair Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
great work g r e a t
LordCastigator Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Gravity works...check. OK you can stop falling now mate...

Interesting piece. I like the ideas of the climbing gloves & the safety system. Wonder if anyone would be crazy enough to do it without them though...
RousanYiha Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
out of the box! :D
changingcactus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
damn. thats cool.
Technicia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Your comment about how newer work doesn't garner as much attention made me go look at the rest of your stuff. There are stylistic differences, but I think the major difference is that this scene tells its own powerful story, it's dynamic, and it's not posed for the viewer. Most of your other work, whether a things, or people, or scenes feel like they're set up for the virtual camera, while this one has a life of its own and you just happened to capture the critical moment.
Agent-Eli Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt sorry for the guy who fell but then I found out he'll be fine ^^
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Today, you've gotten 15,700 individual views. Well done :D.
TasBlue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the reason that this image is getting so much attention is because of the emotion, here you created a scene full of emotion as you said in the back story, we don't know whether the guy falling lives or not. I think you should follow up on this, do a small series of photos really exploring this "extreme sport". Add a few gorgeous vistas and height using perspective just like how you've done in this image. I'm going to watch you to see what you bring next.
Souzay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! Crazy stuff here! What a beautiful imagination you have! Awesome work! :)
THEEXILESAUTHOR Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...(He's dead...cause of death? His exploded from so much awesomeness.)
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