I wanted to quickly show how this came into its current form and took some pictures as it progressed. First, as I looked for a model to use for this piece I decided on my neighbor, Mike, who is one buff and proud Marine. Unfortunately he was deployed to Afghanistan for 6 months so immediately I was screwed, I had to make a decision and move ahead. So my wife took pictures of me with a hammer in various poses and I liked the pose so much I decided to just throw vanity to the wind and go with it. I thought a scrawny guy had the right to hit the wall just as well as a mighty guy, right?
The first photo shows the powdered charcoal sprinkled and rubbed on a sheet of 2 ply smooth Strathmore. Picking and highlighting, adding darks and then picking out more light I continue to build the drawing as I go. Any mistakes can be smoothed over and redrawn as this is a very forgiving medium, and unfortunately it happens more than I care to admit as I go along, checking my reference and trying to double check as I go. Alcohol was then sprayed and dripped on the charcoal, letting it dry, and then wiping off with a paper towel to add texture and interest along with using powdered charcoal in a salt shaker to add more controlled textures and darks. After I was satisfied with what I had going I stepped back for a day or two and reviewed and changed areas that were not to my liking. I then broke apart the piece of Berlin Wall and added these in a spray pattern, varying the shapes and size. I used Acrylic Matte Medium which held as a glue, dries fast and clear to hold the various pieces, breaking them smaller and smaller as the pattern became further and further from the initial point of contact with the hammer. The dust from smashing the wall pieces was used from my crushing the smaller pieces and were sprinkled over diluted white glue in strategic areas to hold this on the surface of the paper.
Once done we framed it and found a frame that blended almost perfectly with the piece.
Hope you liked it as much as I had fun trying something different!! Liking the freedom within the medium and will continue to try this on my aviation/military work as well as the western pieces.
Thanks for reading.