Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The tools of a silhouette artist

What is on display here is the basic tools of a silhouette artist.  Note that there is no pencil or pen included.  What you are looking at is a wallet sized folding card where the silhouette is mounted - a pair of surgeons scissors and a folded sheet of silhouette paper.  (there are two in the the photograph).
The silhouette paper is black on one side and white on the other.  I fold it black side in and cut the silhouette of my subject's profile on the white side.  What I am really doing is 'drawing with scissors.'  I am right handed, so much of the work is done with my left hand which is holding the folded paper.  A silhouette artist spins the paper round in his/her fingers while the right hand operates the scissors.
The whole process takes around 90 seconds on average to perform.  There are only a handful of working silhouette artists in the UK.
If you would like to learn more you can contact me at my website.


  1. Am not surprised there are so few people doing this.... strikes me as being a very difficult thing to do....have watched a video of you working and it really is incredible!!

  2. Thanks Judith. It is a fun art to try. Once you get the knack it becomes easier.

  3. Can we see a finished piece please? It sounds wonderful.

  4. Thanks Ana. An earlier blog named Canada Bound has a double silhouette.


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