A silhouette artist is a person who cuts out the shape of your profile from a special piece of paper that is black on one side and white on the other. The artist folds the paper before cutting so that after the cutting is complete, the customer will have two silhouettes to take home right away: a left and a right. This is customary so that you’ll have one to keep and one to give away. The subject (child or adult or pet) sits across from the artist and using hand eye coordination (no drawing or tracing), the artist looks at the white side of the paper and imagines the same face on that blank paper and carefully cuts the shape of their profile. The subject does not have to be as still as a statue – the artist only needs the occasional glance of just the right pose. This is literally, the “stress-free” portrait! It is a unique, dying art form and there are only a dozen or so of us in the United States who can still do this rare method involving no drawing or tracing. This method originated in France in the late 18th century. Silhouettes were the snapshot before the camera came along! People used to visit a silhouette artist when they wanted to give their lover an image to hold close and think of them on their next voyage. In this day and age, we expect instant gratification. How many things in art, can you watch created before your eyes from start to finish in such a short time – and the likeness you see from such a simple black “blob” of a paper, is amazing! Visit my Frequently Asked Questions Page for More info. And remember, if you can’t make it to an event, I do silhouettes by email!
Last night I did silhouettes at a party complete with Gladiators, girls in togas and even a “live” gold statue! I did head and shoulder cameos of the guests but as the evening was wrapping up, I did full figure silhouettes live of a father in Gladiator costume and his daughter who had just arrived. Won’t this be fun hanging on the wall at home.
I went with my 4 year old on his first field trip last week with his preschool class. All the kids loved the petting zoo! I couldn’t help but be inspired watching them scamper around to pet or hug each animal while trying to stop goats from chewing their shirts! I’ve been wanting to upgrade my illustration page so, here’s a new one for the portfolio (and my journal). Parks is the one in the boots. He loves to wear his rain boots if there is even one cloud in the sky.
I had the pleasure of doing another wedding event in New York a couple weeks ago. I brought Ben along to assist me and he was a great help so I could let him mount and package the silhouettes while I cut. We saw fireworks, met new friends, enjoyed delicious food and worked all night. So happy to be a small part of another person’s most special day.
Now that this bride has had her wedding day two weeks ago, I can post her portrait she commissioned from me that I worked on this summer. Here is her 22×30″ watercolor bridal portrait along with a picture of it in progress in my studio and a photo of the bride watching me putting the final touches on it.