The outpouring of creative energy from Capitals fans continues in a very special way. To brighten up this already-sunny Friday afternoon, RMNB reader Sara Bae contributes these pen and ink illustrations done in the style of Napoleon Dynamite. Sara was kind enough to share these images of the Capitals’ Soviet bloc: Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, and Semyon Varlamov.
If you’ll please follow me, we shall begin our guided tour of the Russian Machine Never Breaks Portait Gallery and Nacho Eatery. Please refrain from feeding the bonobos freely wandering the hallways.
Here we see Capitals captain and the Russian Machine himself, Alexander Ovechkin. Observe if you will his carefully tussled locks, sketched with loving detail by the artist. The devilish glint in Alex’s eyes suggests a familiarity with the observer, perhaps an intimacy transgressing the professional distance of the artist’s gaze. Alex’s eyebrows are not separated by any bare skin, an allusion to both the personal upkeep habits of Russian men and the “Captain Caveman” notoriety that follows this player.
Ms. Bae comments about her work, “it took me like three hours to get the shading right on Ovi’s upper lip. These are probably the best drawings I’ve ever done.” Indeed, madam. Indeed.
The artist clearly demands that we treat Alex as a whole person with manifold facets. He confounds us, flusters us, enrages us; and finally, he seduces us.
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