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April 13, 2015

Full Stop | [observe hominid aberration]

Graphite on paper, colored in Adobe Photoshop ~ 250 minutes. Click HERE for an animation showing how the piece came together.

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A horned figure slinks from the shadows...

INT. ABANDONED PROMENADE – NIGHT

a SENTRY BOT grinds along it’s path, cutting a wedge of light into the dim tiled walkway. A multitude of  sensors scan the walls, penetrating crevices, looking for signs of trouble or structural hazards. It stops, chirping excitedly to itself. A single light is illuminating bare toes. A WOMAN steps forward out of the shadows.

WOMAN

Route please.

The sentry bot retreats a foot along it’s track, emitting a cacophony of tonal laments.

SENTRY BOT

Observe biped! This corridor is maintained by the Kaska Rendering Authority! Your admission is unanticipated!

The blackened surface of the sentry bot begins to change. More lights blink open and scan across the woman’s tall form.

WOMAN

Route...

The woman cranes her neck around the bot as it’s warnings continue. It’s light dimly illuminates a tiled archway above her head. Plants have broken through the tile and dangle just out of reach. A light flashes near her face, dazzling her eyes. She’s been photographed.

WOMAN

Please?

SENTRY BOT

Comply: West, 11 kilometers. Junction. North,  4 Kilometers. Junction. West, 210 kilometers...

WOMAN

Total time until sunrise?

SENTRY BOT

Comply: 48 Earth minutes. 172 Vuhla minutes. 211 Dygon minutes...

WOMAN

What’s my status?

SENTRY BOT

Comply: Observations indicate refugee fleeing the Greater Crucible Territories. Refugee status is non-compliant.  Compliance is mandatory. Please observe the following directives...

The woman has stepped back into the shadows, disappearing from sight. The sentry bot ceases to speak and initiates a broad scan of the immediate area. Eventually it determines that it is alone. A soft cooing whispers through it’s speaker grates. Sharply, it swivels it’s camera’s back to the path and begins to pickup speed. In the darkness, red eyes blink open and watch it disappear down a tunnel.