Artist David Foster has created stunning pointillist pieces by hammering thousands of nails into canvases. His subjects include animals, celebrities, and household items like—you guessed it—hammers and nails. By employing such tools and mediums to create high art, he has embraced an industrial aesthetic that works exquisitely well.
Foster begins his artistic process by selecting a photograph, reproducing the image and “meticulously stippling every contour” using only ink, and finally enlarging the image so he can start hammering away. By clustering nails together he creates shading and contrast, effectively rendering his subjects three-dimensional and lifelike. His pieces have an uncanny ability to capture human emotion in a way that is usually only reserved for photographs.