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The black and white pencil stage is done. At this point the painting (yeah, because this is going to be a painting, not just a pencil drawing) its 50% completed. The rest is just adding the color to the pencil, which is relativity easy. This was the hard part. This is when you have to put all those crazy ideas into something real and tangible. From here to the end, its just a joy ride. This was (is) the most important stage of the whole process that I follow to make a painting.

The Drawing.

The Drawing. So immensely ignored by the young artist. The Drawing. Some artist just trace some basic lines and then go straight with the airbrush, watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, color pencils, digital, BBQ sauce. Hopping that the color will do the trick an bring those masterpieces...

Paparruchas my friends!

The Drawing. So simple, so underestimated.

Doesn't matter what or which is your technique. The Drawing is the difference. Even the best digital artist know how to draw. I'm not underestimate Digital Art, I do digital art too. I'm just saying my favorite digital artist have a formation based on The Drawing. But most all the young artist jump into the computer hopping the machine will do the trick just like others jump into the airbrushing, watercoloring or BBQ sauce hopping the coloring will help them. Paparruchas my friends!!.

Everyday, I have tons of messages asking me 'how can I improve my art?'. And most all the time the problem is The Drawing. All that you need is a pencil, any pencil and a blank page, that's it.

However it requires more than that. Requires study and dedication. As a self-taught artist I can tell you, first hand, the best way to learn is trashing drawings just like this one. Because then you will experience the process of learning, first hand. When somebody else is teaching you something, you will probably hear the same as Charlie Brown heard from his teacher "whawaaanawhawhawhaowhaa", at least that's what I heard when somebody is teaching me something. So go ahead and get your hands dirty with graphite! . Just don't don't follow this advise if you are learning how to fly an airplane or do major surgery LOL.

Study is an important part too. Yeah I know that word sucks. But I studied Olivia and Sorayama. They teach me a lot with their books. I own everything that I'm as a Pin-Up artist to them. I spend a lot of time trying to deciphering the code in their art. And to be honest, it didn't took me that long. Because I really wanted to learn.

But the artist that had a mayor impact in my formation is Pablo Picasso, more than nobody.

For some, Picasso's are just childish drawings. For others, artist like me, Picasso is the ultimate Artist. I saw my first Picasso when I was 9 years old and saw the 'code'. This is the funniest part: I'm not drawing or painting Pin-Up at all! HA!. I'm doing Cubism! Just like Picasso! So you can call me from now on The Dark Lord of Cubism! Absolutely all my paintings or drawings even the cartoons have more than 2 dimensions. Some of them have 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 dimensions. And you don't even notice it....through all this years. ROFL!. There's at least 7 dimensions on this drawing.

Another Artist who deeply influenced my work is Dali. He never followed rules. And is not about professing Anarchy, I was a Punk too, so I know about it. Anarchy is easy. Try to beat them with their rules, use everything they say or think against them, that's the real deal. As Dali, when it becomes down to my art, I don't follow any rules at all. There's at least 13 lighting spots over this drawing.

This drawing is based on my Miss Mosh favorite photos. I took a bit from some of them. But being careful not to copy their work. These photographers are my Heroes and they deserve credit : :iconvivavanstory: [link] [link]

The key, based on a deeply study of all that I said above, is to make it look real.

Or at least as much as you can, because I'm still learning. The process of learning never stop. There's not such thing as 'The Master' with a long white beard living at the top of a hill. We never stop learning. Right now I'm consider myself at 40% of what I can really do. I will probably never reach my %100 because a human life time is not enough. I'm doing my best trying not to age.

On this drawing, Alice is holding a Poker Card. The Queen of Hearts. It actually doesn't mean anything in the 'Alice in Wonderland' mythology , but it means a lot in the Pin-Up mythology!. We all Know Bettie Page is 'The Queen of Hearts' but Miss Mosh is making a legend by herself. In my humble opinion, Miss Mosh is OUR 'Queen of Hearts'. Like if Bettie were passing the torch to Mosh. Miss Mosh is writing her own legend with her style, beauty and hard work.

Art is an expression of all your senses. Your ear plays a big role in your art. I draw what I listen. Like I said, I used to be a raver, a punk, a new weaver LOL, a goth (the cool ones, not the ones that dress as silly vampires), a grunge name it. I love music, a lot. I can't do art without music.

Music plays a big role in my art. Actually you see what I'm hearing.

It's funny, because every time that I want to paint something good and important , music comes to me like from heaven, I swear, lol. I just bought some cool new stuff and I got another old school cool stuff from another sources. The tittle of this painting as you may know by now is 'Alice Everyday', inspired in a silly Rave anthem form the 90's. Anyway. This drawing have a Soundtrack:

- 'Alice Everyday' painted by Armando Huerta main theme : "Another World" by the Chemical Brothers. I heard that song for the first time after that I finished her eyes, like magic. Her look, this painting is all about her eyes.

The rest of the Soundtrack of this painting is (no particular order):

-'Alice Everyday' - The Book of Love 12" Mix (the single sucks but the 12" rocks LOL)
-'Escape Velocity' - The Chemical Brothers
-'Swoon' - The Chemical Brothers
-'K+D+B' - The Chemical Brothers
-'In the name of Angels' - Men Without Hats
-'La Valese d'Euge'ine' - Men Without Hats
-'Jenny Whore Black' - Men Without Hats
-'Intro-Walk on Water' - Men Without Hats
-'The End (Of the World) - Men Without Hats
-'Stranger (Remix) - Clan of Xymox
-'A Day' Clan of Xymox
-'ExotiKa' - Chris & Cosey
-'Second Bad Vibel' - Autechre
-'Second Scout' - Autechre
-'Death is calling (Remix)' - SA.42
-'Act's of Sensation' - Intact
-'Cat People' - David Bowie
-'Kiss Factory' - Miss Kittin
-'Party in My Head' - Miss Kittin & the Hacker
-'1000 Dreams (Reprise) - Miss Kittin & the Hacker
-'Quite Unusual (Extend Mix)' Front 242
-'Smothered hope'- Skinny Puppy
-'Two Hearts beat as one' - U2
-'Masterplan (feat. Miss Kittin) - The Hacker
-'Electronic Snowflakes' - The Hacker
-'It's The Mind' - The Hacker
-'The Brutalist' - The Hacker
-'Flesh & Bone (Feat. Perspects) - The Hacker
-'Hustler (Extended)' - Simian Mobile Disco
-'Requiem for Bettie Page' - Lydia Lunch

You can actually YouTube some of them.

You can lose your head
You can lose your mind
You can lose your way (you can lose your way)
Keep your eyes and still be blind

I'm living hard times right now. I'm in a transition. A bitter one. But, I was in worst days before. Way out. This is nothing. Blame me. Blame me for all the bad things that ever happened in my life. My biggest mistake was 'trust'. Trusting. I had wasting so much time and money trusting in the wrong people. Blame me. I'm hurt. The good news for you is that I always come with a cool painting when I'm down. After all this years and after all that I went trough, I know how to translate all this bad energy into something good. Something that will stay here way out after that I leave.

Because Art is not about a pencil, an airbrush, a hand or a computer. Art is all about whatever you have inside of your heart, good or bad.

Am I an Artist? Ha!. I don't really care. All that I know is, This is what I do, is the best that I can do.

Nuff said, I'm pouring my heart out for this painting.

This drawing is done.

This is Miss Mosh.

This is Alice.

This is a painting of Alice in Wonderland

featuring Miss Mosh :iconmiss-mosh: :heart:


Thank you very much in advance, for your kind comments and critiques :thanks:

More of this:

Model : Miss Mosh :iconmiss-mosh:

Miss Mosh Deviant Art address: [link]

Miss Mosh Official Website : [link]


Artwork is Copyright Đ 2010 Armando Huerta, Miss Mosh

*All materials contained in my deviantART gallery may not be reproduced, copied, tubed, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way .

Please don't use this for coloring!!!. Thanks.
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blazingjoyride Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
As a non-artist, thanks for sharing your process.  It has been very enlightening for me.  I love being able to see the progress of your fantastic work. I look forward to seeing your finished work.  You had such a wonderful muse!  I wish you continued success.
mame-ozizo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I like it.
Alpine77 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Very nice"
Haruhi12346 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
you`re welcome
Haruhi12346 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
beautiful and nice picture
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :wave:
Casey-Aitken Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Beautiful work of art 
you done amazing job 
AidanTheMighty Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
OMG! So hot! :D
liquasilver Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its people like you that make the journey worthwhile, I've stopped pencil sketching out of frustration 5 years ago. I've started again, and this comment just made my day, being self tought and all. Keep up the amazing work!
OTTO149 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gasp! I think I've fainted. 
As-If-I-Draw Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First of all... what a loooooooong "drawing description" hahaha I love reading them because sometimes it gives some advices and it helps you to understand the artist's drawing process but this one's ... you're very inspiring... and I REALLY mean to. I feel like you've taugh me more with your comment than everyone I've ever heard or read.
Second: yes, I totally get the "whawaaanawhawhawhaowhaa" when somebody's teaching me something haha ALL the time, and I also love getting dirty with graphite it makes me feel so good, being in front of a piece of paper and just get lost. That's and incredible feeling...
You're really someone to look up to. I really think so... so I'm going to stalk you more often hahaha don't worry I'm harmless... but you have a big fan right here.
What else can I say?? AWESOME piece!!!! :heart: I love the details, the hair, the eyes and the expression... and the shoes!!! haha Yes... what, I'm a girl... I've got a weakness when it comes to shoes....
I'm going to stare at it a little bit longer hahaha
You're so gooooood....
One more thing... can you explain me the "3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 dimensions" thing? hahaha I think I kind of get it but I'm not sure... thanks!!!
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D thanks.

About the dimensions.

Pablo Picasso is one of my biggest influences. He show to the world how to paint in 3 dimensions and more. Normal people can't understand it because they use to think in two dimensions when it comes to art. The subjects in the Cubism era of Picasso, sometimes the head is one dimension and one of the eyes in another dimensions and so the rest of the parts. That's why the Picassos look deformed and bizarre to most but to those who understand the concept it looks amazing.

I paint in the same way. Sometimes the head is one dimension and the body in another. Sometimes the perspective of the legs is different to the body and so. But what I do different than Picasso  is that I try to make it look realistic and not so evident. People rarely notice it. Sorayama does the same but he doesn't hide it as me, some of his paintings are hyper-realistic.

zelo75 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
thank you for your very inspirational words. I keep trying to improve my abilities with each drawing, painting and tattoo that I make. I dont ever think that I'll stop learning. I try to take something that I learned while doing a drawing and use it in a tattoo or painting. Always keep moving forward.
eski1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
My friend: if I ever get to "Climb the mountain"; I hope that somerone like you will be the "long, white-bearded master" sitting at the top: Keep on keepin' on!

Your art has inspired me to strive to do my very best.
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Eski ;)
Soulgraphica Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Wow that goodness for the eyes! :)
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
Melissa78 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
well written, i have been doing art for 28 years 26 of those landscapes i just decided to dive into fantasy art and pin up art, I knew nothing of drawing. I alway just laid straight color bob ross style and now with this subject i have to learn pencil and drawing and i find it more difficult than painting but way more rewarding. I carry pencil and paper everywhere i go to practice, i spend countless hours pouring over other artists works to learn as I am self taught as well. if i lose it I step back, do a piece i am comfy with and then go back to pin up and pencil to find i got just a little bit better than before. I so enjoyed reading your heart pouring and I love your gallery
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I encourage you to keep drawing too.
TracyWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to color this! I know I couldn't do nearly as good of a job at is as you, but it would still be fun! :D
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, please, let me do the colors. Thanks ;)
TracyWong Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahah I understand. :) It's your baby. :hug:
MychalKring Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! you write a lot! I've never seen a artist commentary so long! By the way... great Drawing!
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I try to express my feelings sometimes :(
nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing drawing!
Oscarliima Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good drawing.
Pedroalegrete Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I really loved this black and white picture! Amazing!
marlazarakorah Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
that is just crazy beautiful O.O'
Echiigo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Just perfect....
Geniuos Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Awesome man.
CA-V-RA Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing art.
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
CrowsReign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
this is an absolute mastepriece!!!well done!!!
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
MonBa22 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
Scarlet-Narcissi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
What ever happened to the t-shirts you made with this print on it? You told me forever ago you might branch in to spaghetti strap tops and never did, now I can't see the t-shirts here or on your website :'(
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The deal never work out with the provider :cries:
Scarlet-Narcissi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Gutted :( Don't get me wrong, the two t-shirts on your website are still awesome, but I love both Mosh and Alice in Wonderland.... maybe one day! x
Fartdart79 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Come on man those to pictures you didn't sell can't be that bad show us them
invictusnatura Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I just saw this "drawing" and dammit this is excellent. The words are also very inspirational and to the He-art. Peace.
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
Ansley Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
it's the heart
KristieCalifornia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW! :D Rad
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
KristieCalifornia Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
duppik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
i adore miss mosh
Jmarcanoz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
the only thing that could iprove this is a tattoo that says:"EAT ME"
Jmarcanoz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
improve sorry
princetheripper33 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when you write, that you think, that you already have achieved 40% of the skills so far, you could have someday, i feel like crying...
your art seems so perfect to me, i canīt think of anything to improve it
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