The Last Silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story. Charles Burns writes about his research into the art and history of silhouette. On the way he meets some fascinating characters, both ancient and modern.

New silhouette scissors

New silhouette scissors

One of the things people often ask when they see me cutting is "How many pairs of silhouette scissors do you get through?"I get the impression they are expecting to hear I use at least six pairs a night, as they are usually quite surprised when I explain that I've been using the same pair of scissors for the last ten years! (more…)

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Sent to publisher

Sent to publisher

I managed to finish the book, and lots of free silhouettes are going out in the post.  "Mastering Silhouettes", full of silhouette ideas, is coming out in February and is available now for advance ordering on Amazon. (more…)

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A Windemere Wedding

A Windemere Wedding

A couple of weeks ago I was cutting silhouettes at a wedding in Windermere.  It was cold, wet and windy, as you would expect from the Lake District in late summer. The hotel in use for the reception had a couple of interesting early-Victorian full-length silhouettes on the wall.  One of the teenage guests asked me about them as I did her own silhouette, so I told her they were first cut from paper and then embellished with gold paint, and to judge by the look of them they probably dated from about the 1840's.  Without a moment's hesitation she replied: "Oh, did you do them then?" (more…)

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Painted silhouettes and Mr Charles

Painted silhouettes and Mr Charles

I am feeling very pleased with myself having just sent the manuscript for my book to the publishers this morning, full of painted silhouettes.  I can sit back and relax for the first time in many weeks. (more…)

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Your profile needed!

Your profile needed!

I need to ask for a little help. I've been commissioned to write a silhouette book, which for me is very exciting.  The book is due to come out sometime in 2012.  It will feature a wide variety of silhouette portraits, both traditional and modern, interspersed with snippets of history about eccentric silhouettists from the eighteenth century onwards. (more…)

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