Size: 13.5"W x 13.5"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2012
Ready to Hang
Ever since The Godfather launched in 1972, I was riveted by the underpinnings of the mafia culture. Not as an advocate of its ways and means, but as an intrigued individual did I gravitate to follow the series of movies and characters.
With that said, after 20-plus years of not holding an art-quality graphite pencil, I rekindled my passion and generated this piece depicting Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone.
If my love for graphite is apparent, it is in this particular work that that factor is most evident. Plenty of graphite layers were incorporated in this piece, to the extent I looked like a coal miner when it was finished!
It's not just a yellow #2B anymore!
I certainly hope you have as much admiration for this piece of portraiture as I did in creating it. Enjoy!
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.