Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Perhaps one of Christopher Walken's most popular coined phrases ("Needs More Cowbell"), the context during which he uttered these three words (Saturday Night Live skit) remain indelible. This factor spawned the idea to render this pencil portrait, accompanied by the notion to age-progress the appearance.
I created this piece in July 2012, one of the first few pieces after a 20-plus-year hiatus from pencil art.
My inspiration in creating this piece is based on unique personalities, rare talent, and uncanny ability to captivate an audience.
In addition to the aforementioned impetus for generating this portrait, I have long been working on impersonating Mr. Walken's brand of speech, unique diction, and mannerisms. I wish I can say I have succeeded in this endeavor; I can not. However, I do feel some sense of pride in noting the likeness seen here is the closest reproduction I could muster, albeit with my hands, not my poor vocal impersonations.
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.