The Gated Key – Illustration

A small junk passes before a gated key device half-sunk in an unidentified body of water.

The attached illustration recently turned up in the estate collection of a little known 20th century American artist. The illustration depicts a small junk-rigged sailboat passing between two sea stacks in a coastal area (possibly Thailand?). We note a distinct similarity between the central structure depicted in the Site 12 illustration titled “Kalopsian Abyss” and the far “sea stack” depicted here.

Both objects feature a ring structure which surrounds — but is disconnected from — a cylindrical object of approximately half the ring’s diameter. The TABLET RUBY DOOR program identified anomalous devices with this topology as “Gated Key” devices and recommends their immediate quarantine or demolition when discovered.

( Note: I returned to the speed painting of “The Gated Key” today to produce this larger, revised illustration. This took about 6 hours to complete. )


4 Comments so far. Comments are closed.
  1. Kate,


    The overall tones with a flashy bit of red, the earthy texture… wow. This is fantastic. 🙂

  2. Sam,

    Eerily peaceful.

    I love the smooth textures and calming tones, it really pulls everything together, definitely worth all the time and effort you put into it. Now that I think about it, it’s something you could find in Colossus :). Very beautiful.

  3. ratchetcat,

    Thanks, all. 🙂

    Working on another similar project — which should see publication sometime later this week — as well as a little article about illustration technique. The latter might feature a visit by Outlaw Cat. We’ll see!

    ( Good call, Sam! Colossus has definitely been on my mind of late. )