Wednesday, 16 May 2012
The tools of a silhouette artist
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.