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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:

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