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Corona y espinas by popeyewong Corona y espinas by popeyewong
¡Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, ay, ay, ay, ay! No, no me equivoqué ni estoy repitiendo lo que ya escribí. Es hora de compartir otra imagen (sí, otra) con el tema del Día de Independencia de México. Este año dibujé no una, sino dos imágenes. La primer imagen utilizando como modelo a mi hermosa amiga Ana Cecilia Sexy, y esta, la segunda, utilizando a mi bellísima amiga Lisa Del Toro, una modelo que he utilizado ya por los últimos cinco años. Gracias Lisa, como siempre, por la inspiración, por el apoyo y por la ayuda que me has brindado en estos últimos años. Espero les guste esta imagen, la segunda de este tipo en este año. ¡Viva México! ¡Sí señor!
~Pops.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, ay, ay, ay, ay! No, I didn't screw up nor am I making a repeated post. It is time to share another (yes, another) image with the theme of Mexican Independence Day. This year I rendered not one, but two images. The first one I featured my friend, the beautiful model Ana Cecilia Sexy; and this one, the second image features the gorgeous Lisa Del Toro, a friend of mine and great model, whose image I have used for reference for the last five years. Thank you Lisa, as always, for the inspiration, for the support and for the help you have given me during these past years. I hope you guys like this image, the second of this kind for this year. Viva Mexico!
~Pops.
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The piece is meant to be vintage in feel and it achieves that with a bang. The tonal quality is very close to old photos I've seen from the sepia ages. The pop of color with the rose and cacti adds that special kick to it all. The attention to detail on her tattoos really speaks volumes on how clearly attention to detail oriented Pops is. They're rendered crisply and done delicately, so it feels as if we see an actual photo in a way for it.
I've seen both approaches to the celebratory theme this year, and both are beautifully done, but for me this one holds more of a visual impact. Perhaps it's the step back and nod to the era it's meant to celebrate passing,.
But I have yet to find a bad piece from Pops. I urge you all to take time out to learn more of his work, this piece along with many others is a crown jewel in his portfolio.
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LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Good work 
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Professional Artist
Thaaaaaaaaaaaank you!
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Azrael-Luchador Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icondroolplz: me encantan las chicas tatuadas, y con tema patrio aún más!! Otro excelente trabajo mi amigo, me quito el sombrero
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Artist
A mí también me encantan las muchachas tatuadas... y las que no están tatuadas... las morenas... las rubias... las pelirrojas... etc., ja, ja. Ese es el problema, siempre quiero dibujar toda muchacha que veo (cómo sufro, ¿no?). Esta amiga ha sido mi inspiración por los últimos cinco años, y cada año que la dibujo tiene más y más tatuajes (ella es tatuadora profesional). De hecho, en este momento tiene más tatuajes de los que ves en el dibujo (ya que las fotos que tomé de referencia de sus tatuajes fueron tomadas el año pasado). ¡Muchos abrazos, mi amigo y gracias por estar al pendiente de mi trabajo!
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Azrael-Luchador Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hombre de verdad que tu eres bendito entre las mujeres :D
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drigulch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Love the subject, the sentiment, the style, and the symbolism so very much. A home run effort all around. The post mark gives the portrait that vintage, erotic french post card feel, so deliciously ironic since the folks from down south had to put the run on those guys some time ago. Also has that "letter from home" feel -- a fairly universal connection for many immigrants in the US to the old country. What a way to celebrate! Up the rebels! 
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Artist
Thank you Tom! I am really flattered by your comments. Every year I try to convey and portrait what being and feeling Mexican is. Is funny that you mention the irony of the erotic french post card feeling (and how the history unraveled at certain time), because Mexico is full of irony, some of them good, some of them not so much. Again, I'm glad that you liked the result, it was truly an experiment, and it turned out better than I expected. Thanks again!
~Pops.
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drigulch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
All your artistic efforts are outstanding. keep on trucking, pedal to the metal on these heritage pieces. It is a great story to be told, and you give the narrative a very eloquent voice. Those things you mention about the history of irony, the struggles, the triumphs, all the aspects of the human condition for the nation. It needs to be told! I live in a town that is wall to wall Irish, and you would think nobody on earth ever came from any place else because they are a race with a proud tradition of telling their tale. We need more of that from everybody to realize the full richness of our history. As JFK alluded to, we are all Berliners. I love to threaten folks here that I am going to hoist the Mexican Flag On St Patrick's Day when they all have a snoot full and see if they know the difference. ;)
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Professional Artist
Hey Tom! I've been wanting to reply to your comment for a while, but it's been hectic around here and I wanted to make sure I replied accordingly to your awesome comment. I appreciate all your words regarding my artwork, especially when it comes to the heritage pieces. Every year is a journey for me, immersing myself in a mixture of my own memories, my own dreams and the influences from all over. It's funny, because just today, I came across the work of another Mexican artist who portrays the same theme, but in a more realistic way. It's inspiring for me to see that kind of work, because in a way, it raises the bar. I work with cartoons, but when it comes to the Mexican Independence Day images, the cartoons take a more serious turn. Of course, I still try to keep a bit of the humor, because after all, that's part of the Mexican heritage as well.
It's interesting what you say about the town where you live, I can only imagine how proud of their heritage they are. Ha, ha, and I laughed when I read about the Mexican flag on St. Patrick's... I guess they would raise the Irish flag on Cinco de Mayo, ha.
I am proud of my heritage, but as a fact of my life, not so much as a privilege of some sorts, like it's common to do. I grew up in a Mexico where the general feeling was that we were not good in comparison to may other countries. We were not the worse, but definitely not the best, not even good. I disagree: being Mexican doesn't make me less than anybody... however, it doesn't make better either. It just makes me Mexican, that's it. And that's what I try to convey, to communicate: we laugh of ourselves because we can, knowing our strenghts and our weaknesses. I like to learn about other cultures and to be open to what each one has to offer. Again, not better or worse than anybody, just who we are.
Thank you again for your comment, Tom, it was truly an honor to read what you wrote, sir! Until next!
~Pops.
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great colors!
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Artist
Thank you Anastasiy! I stepped out of my comfort zone color-wise, but I am happy with the result.
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RainInTheWillows Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Writer
Love the tattoo work, the attention to detail and tone is spot on for me!
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Artist
Thank you Rain! This image has actually less detail than my usual (for example, compared to the other Mexican image of this year), because I was more focused on the tones. However, I think I achieved a good balance, without compromising the quality of the image at any point (which was one of my main concerns). Thank you as always!
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RGHOLLY Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice....send that postcard to me ok! smile.
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Artist
He, he, thank you man! I should print postcards of this, more than one person has told me, he. See you around!
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