We’ve seen some pretty impressive examples of classic pointillism, with Miguel Endara using 3.2 million dots for one portrait. Federico Pietrella amazed us again using date stamps in a pointillist fashion to re-create photographs. And now we are pleased to bring you these hammer & nail stippling works by David Foster. Using thousands of nails hammered to a canvas, he varies the solidity and shading to create stunning portraits of celebrities, animals, and of course, a hammer and nail![see_also]
Foster’s prize winning piece Lashes and Nails, shown below, was made from approximately 16,000 nails. The level of realism Foster achieves with the nails is unbelievable and it has taken several years to master his technique. Each piece begins with a photograph, which Foster reproduces in ink by meticulously stippling every contour. Then he enlarges the drawing to see where the nails should go, and starts hammering away.
My journey into art has come from a career in Architecture. My love of technical drawing has matured into using just ink pen stippling to create shadow and light with just dots and now more excitingly with hammer and nails. I have always been fascinated with how little information the brain needs to interpret a picture and love the simplicity of a picture made up from just dots…The whole process thrills me, taking just a hammer and a box of nails and arranging them into an artwork…You really need to see my work up close as photographs don’t do it justice.