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The Tooloos by Pete Janes

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Romance, Lovecraft-style.

Organic produce slinger by day. Automatic Scribbler and Deliberate Renderer by night.

“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • Angela Palibrk
    Angela Palibrkabout 5 years ago

    Hi Pete,
    This one is very light hearted. What is a tooloo? I love the touched of colour on her shoes. Nice one.

  • ‘Tooloo’ is a reference to ‘Cthulhu’ a mythical world-consuming monster central to the works of author H.P. Lovecraft.

    – Pete Janes

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago

    talk about sucking face! lol, cool….

  • I’d like to bump this one up to another medium, but I have difficulties choosing. traditional watercolor? oil? digital magick?

    – Pete Janes

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago

    water colour would work well i think, really minimal perhaps?

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingabout 5 years ago

    no harm in trying out some digital magic on it. makes me feel all squishy and slithery! very funny!

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartabout 5 years ago

    This is fantastic :-)

  • Ben Cresswell
    Ben Cresswellalmost 5 years ago

    How isnt this featured yet, brilliant

  • Very much appreciated, Ben!

    – Pete Janes

  • SusanSanford
    SusanSanfordover 4 years ago


  • Yeah, I think I did this in a coffeehouse trying to woo some girl with Lovecraft!

    – Pete Janes

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Different strokes – Great Interpretation of all that is Howard (including his perceived problems with the ladies….)

  • I remember reading in his biography that Lovecraft’s wife, Sonia Greene, described him as “adequately fulfilling” his side of their brief marriage, and in later studies in psychology I recall a lot of Freudian symbolism among his monstrous creations, but from reading his letters it seems that he just never really had any interest in the opposite sex. Talk about fear of the unknown!

    – Pete Janes

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