Polyp of the Plateau of Leng by Pete Janes

Polyp of the Plateau of Leng by 

No.2 Dixon-Ticonderoga pencil on sketchbook paper, digitally sharpened in Aperture.

One of my favorite things about the writer H.P. Lovecraft is that he welcomed other creators to utilize his work. As a child writing my own horror stories and constantly drawing, this was a free license to use his dynamic creations and locales, and it’s never really left my art.
One of my other favorite things is that, while a master of description, Lovecraft was often spare in his verbal illustration of the monsters and beings he created. It is never so much what he describes that tickles your fears; rather, it’s what he doesn’t. I have always interpreted this as also being a free license for writers and artists to spin from their own minds versions of his creations.

This most closely resembles Lovecraft’s Mi-Go, extraterrestrial fungoid crustaceans on inscrutable missions in Lovecraft’s The Whisperer in Darkness and the sonnet cycle The Fungi from Yuggoth

Please take a moment to review my other Lovecraft inspired work here

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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  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. Love the whimsy of this. Perfect!

  • Thanks Magpie!

    – Pete Janes

  • Zombie Rust
    Zombie Rustover 5 years ago

    Great! Very well detailed!

  • No mater how hard I try to be more gestural, I keep moving in to the little details. Glad you like, Zombie!

    – Pete Janes

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    GREAT work and looking forward to see you in our up coming challenge in HALLOWEEN ;)

  • Count on it, Rouble, and thanks for the plug in the challenge! I’m moving a piece to the center of the drawing table just for it!

    – Pete Janes

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

  • Thrilled. Do you hear me? THRILLED! Thanks Rouble!

    – Pete Janes

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    I heard you ;) It’s the less of what it deserves.

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    i imagine these creatures really do exist…i love the claws, eyes and description… it’s fascinating to learn where your inspiration is drawn from!

  • Thanks very kindly, Karin. Lovecraft’s misanthropy sometimes makes his work difficult to read, but I stick by him! There is actually a group of his readers who believe he was telling the truth, and that’s why he died so young.

    – Pete Janes

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 5 years ago

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Very imaginitive and well done work!

  • Thanks Cindy!

    – Pete Janes

  • Nestor
    Nestorabout 4 years ago

    I know what you mean about Lovecraft. I think it is because our imagination makes more fear out of the unknown…a Lovecraft book illustrated would be diminished. On the other hand, as a launching place for detailed pieces like this…great.

  • I agree, Jenny. Sometimes it does feel a little like stealing their magic by making them concrete, and it’s horrible, dark magic that sticks to everything!

    – Pete Janes

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