Gunpowder Additions

The cowboy cutout and the two Towermen are my newest attempts at working with gunpowder as a drawing medium.

cowboy cutout

These 3 are all 22″ tall x 14″ or 15″ wide.

here is a video I have attempted to upload to google video showing the burn process on Towerman 3 ::
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4630854891465657735&hl=en

Gunpowder Drawings

I am currently working on gunpowder drawings.

It is a technical challenge for several reasons: fire and paper are not best friends. The coloration has to come from a certain amount of the burn being forced into the paper or singing the top. The gunpowder itself would rather just burn up leaving very little mark on the paper, so a certain amount of compression is necessary.
Here are some working images:

Gun 3

and here is a video of the drawing process:

Here is the newest thing I am hassling with… a man with water-tower or windmill legs:

towerman1-burn1

On the first phase of gunpowder burning (shown above) the paper was burnt into a black mess in one area… design solutions abound. Below is about 8 hours of masking and cutting before the first burning.

masking process for "tower man 1"

Here is the result of phase 2 :: the second burn to silhouette the figure and add some interest.
I also cut out the badly burned areas.

towerman-phase2