Morpho Cypris Tee by Pete Janes

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One of the biggest challenges I’ve found in watercolor is the capture of reflectivity. Many insects, due to scales or hairs, have iridescent and opalescent appearance. I’ve experimented with metallic additives to achieve effects, but the technology just isn’t there yet. This piece, however, represents just one of the shades of blue in the Morpho from South America.

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“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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  • mingtees
    mingteesabout 5 years ago

    Very nice! Have you tried Daniel Smith’s watercolors They have their own house brand of interference water colors that may work, among other special effect watercolors.

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesabout 5 years ago

    Thank you very kindly, Ming. I actually paint almost exclusively with Daniel Smith, finding their mineral-based pigments to have the richest color quality. I’ve tried one or two of their interference colors/additives, but even though they have the most high-tech product available, the effects still come off like a hipster heading off to a rave covered in glitter!

    HAMID IQBAL KHANabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you very kindly, Hamid.

    – Pete Janes

  • Digital-Art
    Digital-Artabout 5 years ago


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