Farano with his work-in-progress Ovechkin painting

The 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention wrapped up Sunday in Baltimore, MD. And even with baseball and football collectibles as the centerpiece of most vendor displays, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were well represented by the assortment companies in attendance.

Artist Justyn Farano of Sports Art Illustrated stole the Capitals show with his current work-in-progress — an original 30×45 oil painting of Ovechkin on canvas.

“The fierceness. The expression on his face and the eyes,” Farano pointed out as highlights of the original 30 x 45 oil painting of the Capitals captain, he estimated as being halfway complete late Saturday afternoon.

Detail of Ovechkin painting

While the process isn’t quite the five year plan Capitals fans have grown accustomed to, each of the original paintings in Farano’s gallery average 150 hours (6.25 days) of work and can climb to over 200 hours depending on the level of detail required.

“There is a process of building up the layers,” Farano explained. “This will get more detailed and more 3D the more I get into it. It’s going to ‘pop’ a lot more as I get finished.”

Farano’s artistry and passion come through in all of his pieces whether the focus is sports or pop culture.

“I definitely look to do iconic figures that are going to be popular a year from now and 20 years from now,” said the University of Tampa graduate.

Farano typically chooses his subject based on what business comes to him. He is currently working on a project with Yankee Stadium and is often commissioned by collectors or athletes and other entertainers to create a piece to help fundraise for foundations or community focused charities.

And Ted Leonsis, be careful if Ovechkin invites you to an event with the artwork.

Farano’s highest selling piece went to former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who purchased a Jerry Rice original for $100,000 a couple years ago at a fundraiser during Super Bowl week.

Promotional Material:

Both Upper Deck and Panini produced oversized promotional materials for their booth areas using Ovechkin.