As Long As I Get What I Want, 1971
© The Estate of Max Vargas

As Long As I Get What I Want, 1971

By Alberto Vargas
About the image

This is an original pencil & colored pencil drawing on tracing paper which served as the basis for the final work that appeared in the March, 1971 issue of Playboy Magazine. 

For all of the Vargas Girls that appeared in Playboy Magazine, there was a clever quip usually written by a copy writer at the magazine.  Occasionally, Vargas would write some playful language in an effort perhaps to convey further meaning and context for the drawing.

This artwork features hand-written notes by Alberto Vargas in the top left corner.

Collector's Notes:
This is a preliminary drawing used to propose a new Vargas Girl for an upcoming edition of Playboy Magazine.  

For each published piece, Vargas would first sketch a preliminary design such as this one for approval. He would ship several to Playboy's main offices where Hugh Hefner and the Art Directors would review each one. Once approved, they would be returned to Vargas and he would then use them to create an entirely new finished artwork for use in the magazine. 

Although these drawings are not typically signed - as they are working designs rather than finished pieces - they do often feature handwriting from Alberto Vargas and/or notes from Playboy's Art Directors (Art Paul or Reid Austin) regarding colors, accessories, positioning etc. Occasionally Hugh Hefner has personally initialed and dated the piece, giving his final approval for the magazine.

These drawings are magnificent artifacts from the process of publishing the legendary Vargas Girl.

Ref# SK-111

22" x 30" Artwork Size
Pencil & colored pencil drawing
Original artwork - Available for resale!

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