Tutorial: Construction Jackhammer Cartoon

Like most face painters, I have loads of super hero, princess, animal, and butterfly designs. But necessity is the mother of invention, so they say, and as I had a construction themed party this weekend, I needed some special designs to feature for my client. This hard-working cartoon jackhammer is one of the designs that I created for the event.


TAG Yellow Face Paint
Diamond FX or Wolfe White
Diamond FX or Wolfe Black
Mehron Paradise Silver Face Paint
#5 Round Brush
#2 Round Brush
#1 Round Brush


To make your own jackhammer, begin by placing two white ovals on the cheekbone with your #5 round brush for your jackhammer’s eyes.

Using yellow, make a square around the eyes with your #5 or #2 round brush.

Then fill in the area around the cartoon eyes. If you use a larger brush, like the #5 round for this, it will be a little quicker.

Use the #2 round brush and black to place two small rectangles on either side of the jackhammer for handles. On the bottom, center a rectangle and square underneath it as shown in the photo.

Add a slender silver rectangle and square underneath with the #2 round brush.

Use the #1 round brush and black to outline the jackhammer, facial features, and the silver portion on the bottom.

Also add a few slender movement lines around the cartoon to make it appear as though the jackhammer is vibrating.

Add a few tiny white highlights here and there, and you’re cartoon is finished. The construction theme is not one you see frequently, and it can be a challenging one to find designs for, so I hope you’re able to use this little jackhammer design for your construction parties in the future.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. 

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