Pete Janes

Pete Janes

Portland, United States

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For sketches, announcements, ramblings and other irreverence, please ‘like’ and visit The Art of Pete Janes on The Facebook!

An organic produce worker with a background in popular culture and publishing whose first memory was of cave paintings and moon landings.

Pencil, pen and watercolor are his arsenal, but Pete has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and his trusty tool set has been lately joined by Ye Olde Digital Magicks using the versatile open-source image manipulation program GIMP and Corel Painter.

On the one hand I have utilized a photo-realistic style for illustration and specimen work. Please visit my Watercolor, Animalia, and Insects and Arthropods galleries to view this work.

On the other, my more fantastical pieces often emerge from random lines thrown across a page, a purer, more intuitive approach to creativity. My Scifi, Lovecraftiana, and Black and White galleries are well-stocked with these.

Both emerge from my left hand.

Says Pete about his fascinating and hectic day job: “People need to eat. I make sure they eat well.”

Please swing by my Facebook page for updates, works in progress, and other, less pressing concerns.

A selection of links to my recently featured work:

  • Joined: March 2009


Inspiration: An Interview

1. What’s your favourite artistic tool or piece of equipment (past, present or dream)? / If we’re talking desert-island, I’d have to say the trusty Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencil or a Derwent HB drawing pencil. It doesn’t matter how far I take a piece, be it inked black and white, watercolor, or digital: the lowly pencil is the foundation of all of my work. / 2. Which work are you …
Posted over 4 years – 7 comments

Submitting Work to Comics Publishers 101

My credentials: editor and writer for Dark Horse Comics, 1992-2000; former managing editor of CRACKED magazine. / One of my favorite Star Wars editing projects. Cover art by Dave Dorman. / Back in the mid 1980s, I was a young college student when I discovered comic books. Through the collections of friends and the welcome guidance of an enthusiastic local comic-shop owner, I powered through the m…
Posted over 4 years – 21 comments