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Pancho Villa by GENZOMAN Pancho Villa by GENZOMAN
A old Illustration done in January of 2008

may 5 or "cinco de mayo" is conmemorative date in Mexico. General Ignacio Zaragoza and the mexican army defeat in combat to the french army in Puebla. So, my salute to mexican people in this day :)... BTW, Pancho Villa is not related to this battle, but... well, u catch the point XD

Feliz 5 de mayo a los amigos mexicanos :) como lo prometido es deuda, aqui esta Pancho Villa.


José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, better known as Francisco "Pancho" Villa, came from the northern state of Durango. He was one of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution. Villa with his army of Villistas joined the ranks of the Madero movement. He led the Villistas in many battles, such as the attack of Ciudad Juárez in 1911 (which overthrew Porfirio Díaz and gave Madero power), the Battle of Celaya.

In 1911, Victoriano Huerta appointed Villa his chief military commander. During this period Huerta and Villa became rivals. In 1912 when Villa's men seized a horse and Villa decided to keep it for himself, Huerta ordered Villa’s execution for insubordination. Raúl Madero, brother of President Madero, intervened to save Villa's life. Jailed in Mexico City, Villa escaped to the United States. Soon after the assassination of President Madero, Villa returned with a group of companions to fight Huerta. By 1913 the group had become Villa's División del Norte (Northern Division). This army led by Villa had numerous American members. Villa and his army, along with Carranza and Obregón, joined in resistance to the Huerta dictatorship.

Villa and Carranza had different goals. Because Villa wanted to continue the revolution, he became an enemy of Carranza. After Carranza took control in 1914, Villa and other revolutionaries who opposed him met at what was called the Convention of Aguascalientes. The convention deposed Carranza in favor of Eulalio Gutiérrez. In the winter of 1914, Villa and Zapata's troops entered and occupied Mexico City. Villa's treatment of Gutiérrez and the citizenry outraged more moderate elements of the population, who forced Villa from the city in early 1915.
Columbus, New México after being attack by Pancho Villa.

In 1915, Villa took part in two of the most important battles during the revolution, the two engagements in the Battle of Celaya, on April 6–7 and from April 13–15. Obregon defeated Villa in the Battle of Celaya, one of the bloodiest of the revolution. Carranza emerged as the winner of the war and seized power. A short time after, the United States recognized Carranza as president of Mexico. On March 9, 1916, Villa crossed the United States–Mexico border and raided Columbus, New Mexico, in a vengeance attempt against the arms dealer who sold the ammunition used on the Battle of Celaya which was useless for Villa's forces. During this attack, 18 Americans were killed as well as 90 of Villa's men.

Pressured by Public Opinion (mainly driven by Hearst Newspapers) to confront Mexican attacks, US President Wilson sent General John J. Pershing and 10,000 U.S. troops on an unsuccessful pursuit to capture Villa. It was known as the Punitive Expedition. After nearly a year of pursuing Villa, Pershing was called off and given command of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. The American intervention had been limited to the western sierras of Chihuahua.It was the first time the American Army used airplanes on military operations.

Regardless of the intervention, the loss of the Battle of Celaya meant the rise to power of Carranza and the Sonora generals.

In 1920, Obregón (one of the sonorenses) finally reached an agreement with Villa, who retired from the armed fighting. In 1923 Villa was assassinated by gunfire while traveling in his car in Parral. It is pressumed such assassination was ordered by the sonorenses who feared a suppposed bid for the presidency by Villa, breaching the 1920 agreement.

Photoshop CS/cant remember the time, but was arround 6 hours/bamboo.
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ellobocelis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is zapata or villa?
dante396 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
actually he was kinda chubby
WinterFox51 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
This is a really amazing drawing you did! I really love it.
I have a cool bit of family history concerning him. On my Mexican side of the family (Dad's side) my great grandpa was a friend of Pancho Villa's :) He used to ride the horses with him and got in several shoot outs against the government and Americans. 
Erzherzogg Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
El temible centauro del norte XD
Georgedx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This picture is just bad***. F***ing love it.
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lucho33 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
dude, your work is awesome. Awesome!!! Congratulations! really.
Mark570 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Viva Pancho Villa!
napashini Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I'm looking to find an artist to draw me some images for a comic book. I'll pay you of course are you interested? If anyone wants to contact me, thank you!
alex674 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
viva mexico!
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