Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2012
Ready to Hang
The reason I chose the title for this piece is Denzel's informal preference when addressing wounded warriors in a military hospital.
I created this piece in July 2012, following widespread media exposure of Mr. Washington's impromptu philanthropic gesture of a personal check equating to several million dollars. The purpose of paying it forward was cited as "funds to enhance the ward where wounded soldiers were rehabilitating." (Negative press at the time centered on the dismal conditions injured military personnel confront, emphasizing the lack of government allocations to enhance VA settings.)
My inspiration in creating this piece belies in giving of self, resembling the kindness and generosity of Mr. Washington.
This is the first pencil portrait piece in which I incorporated natural materials to achieve photo-realism. The smooth, buff-looking skin tonal quality was done with cotton balls, Q-tips, and make-up remover pads, all bartered from my teen daughter.
The end-result quality is such that several viewers of this piece complimented me for taking "such a beautiful photograph!" I delight in knowing this is entirely done with graphite pencil, yet perceived as a photo.
I couldn't be more happy with the finished portrait.
Please enjoy this and others in my portfolio.
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.