The Art of Alex Ovechkin: Pulling Strings

We’ve brought you a number of stories over the years on artists who specialize in Capitals-related artwork. Artists from all over the world who possess a unique combination of unbelievable dedication to their craft and an undeniable love for the Washington Capitals. 

You may recall a post we did last year that spotlighted work by Russian artist Natali Tretyakova, and her love for Russian hockey players.

Our latest artist spotlight features Azamat Dzhanaliev, who specializes in one of the oldest artististic mediums in the history of man: string art. Dzhanaliev uses small nails indivually driven into a wood backing and carefully placed woolen string to create amazing portraits of famous people from all around the world. His latest creation is a portrait of Alex Ovechkin, complete with the Capitals logo and the NHL’s 100th anniversary logo.

Dzhanaliev’s creations are amazing, and demand a tremendous amount of time, patience and vision to create. The following time-lapse gives you a general idea of his overall process, as he slowly creates his Ovechkin portrait.

The following video provides a closer look at his technique, and provides a closeup look at the intricate weaving techniques he utilizes to create his portraits.

We are constantly amazed at the artistic abilities of Caps fans. If you know of another artist creating interesting Capitals-related art, please send us a message. We would love to spotlight.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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