Portrait of Poe Tee by Pete Janes

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Pen and ink stippling and hand-drawn lettering cobbled together in Seashore.

From A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allan Poe, 1841.
The edge of the whirl was represented by a broad belt of gleaming spray; but no particle of this slipped into the mouth of the terrific funnel, whose interior, as far as the eye could fathom it, was a smooth, shining, and jet-black wall of water, inclined to the horizon at an angle of some forty-five degrees, speeding dizzily round and round with a swaying and sweltering motion, and sending forth to the winds an appalling voice, half shriek, half roar, such as not even the mighty cataract of Niagara ever lifts up in its agony to Heaven.

I thought I would try to capture Poe somewhere between an incomprehensibly vast vortex of chaos and a more prosaic, Victorian world of decorative arts. The worlds are cancerous to each other, and only Poe was strong and insightful enough to attempt to bridge the gap.

An interesting side note here is that I was determined to avoid the standard props of a Poe portrait, namely the raven or the black cat. Nevertheless, the wallpaper pattern that I puzzled out ended up having very feline features. Funny how the brain works.

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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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 5 years ago

    Looks FANTASTIC on the Tee, great with the red text xx

  • Thanks very kindly, Anita! I’m working on a portrait of Nikola Tesla next, and lo! Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an article about him. I believe that you need to pursue something when the local synchronicity starts acting up.

    – Pete Janes

  • Trystan  Mitchell
    Trystan Mitchellalmost 5 years ago

    Looks just as splendid this way!

  • Very much appreciated, Trystan, although I’ll be the final arbiter when the one I ordered for quality control shows up!

    – Pete Janes

  • Fakhruddin
    Fakhruddinabout 4 years ago

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Excellent Clothing Features!

    07/11/2011

  • Very much appreciated. Thanks Deborah!

    – Pete Janes

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic creation!

  • Thanks Diane!

    – Pete Janes

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