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Innsmouth, Distressed by Pete Janes

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A distressed version of my drawing/digital painting The Innsmouth Look

Original hand-drawn line illustration digitally painted in Gimp.

I went for a distressed look because, frankly, the wild, nebulous background was too closely approaching tie-dye.

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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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful textures, cool!

  • Thanks Cindy!

    – Pete Janes

  • Jo Ross
    Jo Rossalmost 4 years ago

  • Very much appreciated, Thanks Jo!

    – Pete Janes

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

    Wow, are those teeth. Awsome t.

  • Thanks Diane. I just received an order of stickers of this design and they look pretty great too!

    – Pete Janes

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