I received a commission from someone who loved the work of Gene Wolfe so I was led to re-visit the fantasy world I had illustrated many years ago. I put together retro-futuristic images for the ruined spaceport and added poetic Roman-style Baroque ruins for the foreground. The debris piles in front are the wreckage of hundreds of thousands of years of civilizations. Severian sits on a fallen cornice (lower right hand corner) contemplating his future in a world of only past. This picture seems like it should be large but the original is only 10 1/2" x 8".
"Severian's Contemplation" is ink and watercolor on Crescent illustration board, 10 1/2" x 8", December 1999. Click on the image for a larger view.