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A Shoggoth, shocked by Pete Janes

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Pencil on moleskin sketchbook stock.

From Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness (1931): “We were on the track ahead as the nightmare plastic column of foetid black iridescence oozed tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus; gathering unholy speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the pallid abyss-vapour. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.”

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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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    The truth is, he has just seen Santa for the first time, though he stopped believing in the jolly, eldritch & arcane old elf long ago. THAT is what it takes to shock a Shoggoth, forsooth. I just popped the streusel bread into the oven, am waiting for the rest of the household (Ray) to Get Up, & this is what confronts me when I log onto RB for just a moment…. Thanks for starting my Christmas off RIGHT!! Yay!!! Happy Holidays, Pete.

  • Thanks Sheila! I was wondering what it was that was shocking him . . . Best wishes for a great new year!

    – Pete Janes

  • uwanlibner
    uwanlibner6 months ago

    A very unique creature…Love the details.

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  • Thank you uwanlibner! Great stuff!

    – Pete Janes

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