Blatella Orientalis, The Oriental Cockroach Tee by Pete Janes

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Characterized by a steely blue-black exoskeleton, this roach has colonized every place on Earth where humans live, come, and go. A lot of my fascination with insects revolves around the structure and reflectivity of insect wings and exoskeletons. This illustration was originally published in BackHome Magazine, 1993. Technical pen on sketchbook stock.


bug, cockroach, ink, insect, macro, pen, petejanes, roach

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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