Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2012
Ready to Hang
The reason I chose the title for this piece stems from the moniker given the character role (Brashear) by co-star Robert DeNiro in the movie "Men of Honor." Brashear, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., was referred to as "Cookie" in the flick.
I created this piece in 2013, a time period in my life whereby I was rehabilitating from limb amputation (leg), much like Cuba Gooding's character portrayal of "Brashear" in the movie.
My inspiration in creating this piece evolved from personally relating to Brashear's fight to come back from limb loss and retain his position in a military organization/unit. (Similarly, I found myself striving to rejoin the law enforcement agency for which I worked, until my amputation).
When I embarked on the mission to render this piece, I had only recently rekindled my love for pencil art. After a 20-plus-year hiatus, I metaphorically got back on the bicycle. Various techniques were incorporated to achieve the final product. For example, etching tools were used to carve niches and crevasses so that the appearance of skin texture, pores, lip cracks, and hair were realized.
My name is Stephen Owsinski. Residing in Tampa Bay, Florida, I am a professional artist. Albeit currently rendering pieces with graphite pencils, I am also developing skills in woodcarving and glass etching. My first set of "art pencils" (as my mom called them) arrived at age five. A make-shift art studio in our small Brooklyn apartment served as my base where I produced art, from pencil sketches, acrylic paintings, watercolor compositions, and even airbrushed pieces (album cover design was huge back then). I was a student at the High School of Art & Design (located in NYC) where I garnered the fundamentals in artistic creation. Thereafter, I enrolled in the graphic arts/advertising design program at the Center for the Media Arts (NYC). Upon graduation, I was hired by an upstart publishing firm on the upper east side of Manhattan. The firm's relocation brought me to Florida. However, I felt rather stifled in the office-based realm. I opted to further my education and attended college; I studied criminology. After a career in law enforcement and an ongoing bout with cancer resulting in limb loss, my life was redirected. I picked up my pencils and produced portraits of my four children. Here I am, a single dad, generating hyper-realistic pencil portraits. Thank you for visiting my portfolio.