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Original hand-drawn line illustration digitally painted in Gimp.

The face of a Deep One, H.P. Lovecraft’s race of fish-people who lived on a reef off the coast of New England in the chilling story ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’. As frightening as Lovecraft described the ocean-dwelling Deep Ones, those who lived on land in the forgotten town were worse: in a quick glance they may have passed as human, but upon closer inspection one may have noticed their large, unblinking eyes, oddly misshapen heads, or the curious, gill-like folds of flesh on their necks. I shudder even trying to illustrate them. I chose a deep-sea anglerfish as a template to emphasize its alien-ness.

I am quite fond of interpreting the works of H.P. Lovecraft and illustrating the myriad beasties he described.

Here’s the sticker version

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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  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Lynette, although it’s very strange to have completed a piece and not have my drawing table covered with paint and unwashed brushes . . .

    – Pete Janes

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    wow, creepy! i love it :)

  • I love to creep out! Thanks Zoe!

    – Pete Janes

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    How awesome this is. Great creation and work. Welcome to the world of digital art. :o)

  • Thanks Bunny! I’ve just realized, however, that this isn’t the final image, but for some reason the RB uploader stalls when I try to replace the work. Grrrrr.

    – Pete Janes

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very kindly for the heads-up!

    – Pete Janes

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Ah yes, Innsmouth…. I think the residents there think the tourists are the problem. Great Lovecraftian image!

  • Of all of the Lovecraft oeuvre, “The Shadow over Innsmouth” still has the best potential for a truly creepy film. The rest of his beasties have been ripped off so much (and so poorly) that their creepiness factor has been diluted. Thanks Artwhiz!

    – Pete Janes

  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganover 4 years ago

    This is incredible! Great work!

  • Very much appreciated Laura!

    – Pete Janes

  • Lloyd Harvey
    Lloyd Harveyover 4 years ago

    Aw, it looks sad. Awesome work on the rendering man.

  • Thanks Lloyd. The way the drawing turned out, I guess I wanted to make it looked thoughtful.

    – Pete Janes

  • EarthquakeBee
    EarthquakeBeeover 4 years ago

    looks sad but it’s an awesome face.. and love the background.

  • Thanks Earthquakebee!

    – Pete Janes

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanover 4 years ago

    nice art!

  • Thanks Junior!

    – Pete Janes

  • Lorraine  Stern
    Lorraine Sternover 4 years ago

    This is really beautiful.

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