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Hyper-realistic graphite pencil portrait of iconic western movie actor John Wayne in his character/title role depicted in "Chisum." I make every effort to incorporate a different technique or aspect in each pencil portrait I render. In this one-of-a-kind work of art, I used an etching tool to carefully "score" the Bristol board to accomplish his wiry side-burn hairs.

Additionally, I relied on an early-art-days technique known as pointillism (think pixels) whereby an inordinate application of dots (with pencil) form certain tonal qualities. The pores on the skin is where this technique was broadly used, fulfilling my favorite challenge: texture.

I grew up watching John Wayne movies. It was a family-time ritual in our household. For me, that tradition encouraged me to render John Wayne as I remember him, gruffness and all.

Materials used:

Graphite pencils (0.5mm mechanical pencil, 5H, 2H, HB, 4B, 6B), cotton balls, Q-tips, blending stumps, kneaded eraser

Chisum (2013)


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Stephen Owsinski

United States

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