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Minion of Cthulhu in Ceremonial Mask by Pete Janes

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Pigma Micron pen on Aquabee vellum. By all means, view larger.

Inspired by the literature of H.P. Lovecraft and referencing the legendary Cthulhu, an immense, extra-dimensional alien scientist/wizard which once roamed a pre-Human Earth but was thrown into the watery depths, only to awaken ‘when the stars were right’.

While Cthulhu him/herself rests in a deathless sleep somewhere beneath the Pacific, his/her minions remain to coordinate the activities which will result in Cthulhu’s glorious return and the ensuing chaos which will spell the end for humankind.

I decided to illustrate this piece on vellum because I wanted an ultra-smooth, non-textured surface where the ink would remain where I put it. 8″×10″ original.

I have completed several portraits of Cthulhu or similar Lovecraftian beasts:

You can view the rest of them 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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  • Abstractics
    Abstracticsalmost 5 years ago

    very cool..lookn at larger view right off..awesome detail..wots a pigma micron pen when it is at home?or away on holidays come to think of it..hmm..cool work tho..

  • Thanks Abstractics. Pigmas are top notch disposable technical pens. When the nibs wear a bit they fray and actually produce some interesting micro-brush-like effects.

    – Pete Janes

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartalmost 5 years ago

    Holy shit man, this is outstanding!!!!

  • High praise indeed, and thank you for it, Matt. I’m still sort of high from finishing it.

    – Pete Janes

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 5 years ago

    Spectacular & remarkably outstanding

  • Very much appreciated Pinkyjain.

    – Pete Janes

  • preacherman
    preachermanalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you, Paul.

    – Pete Janes

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, counting the dots would just depress me, lol. Beautiful as usual, Pete

  • Thanks Stephanie. I am now the poster child for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

    – Pete Janes

  • Vaggelis Ntousakis
    Vaggelis Ntous...almost 5 years ago

    Fabulous! The details are amazing and the menacing face is chilling.

  • Thank you Vaggelis . . . I only wonder what sort of detail it would have had if the original had been bigger than 8×10 inches. My mind works fractally that way.

    – Pete Janes

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

  • My sore left wrist suddenly feels better. Thanks Patricia Anne!

    – Pete Janes

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    Wow – where does one start to do something like this. Any chance of you doing a tutorial?

  • Funny you should ask, Mr. Edwards . . . I have seen some great work-in-progress journal posts recently and started photographing the stages in my current piece (another creepy Lovecraft illustration!). But when I pulled the pics from my camera I was less than impressed with them. Now I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about doing a work-in-progress journal, so keep your eyes open!

    – Pete Janes

  • Edengirl
    Edengirlalmost 5 years ago

    This is stunning…such detail, well done. Love your work

  • Thank you very kindly, Edengirl.

    – Pete Janes

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