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.

A royal profile or two

A royal profile or two

On the 19th May I was invited to cut a royal profile or two at Coworth Park. It was one of the only events I've worked at where the toastmaster had to announce lunch by calling for "Your Majesties, Royal Highnesses, Highnesses, Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen... " to take their seats.  (more…)

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Dai Vernon and the double-dip recession

Dai Vernon and the double-dip recession

A quick update to let you know that, taking our inspiration from Dai Vernon, we've taken a last-minute stand at the Square Meal "Venues & Events" exhibition at Old Billingsgate this week.   (more…)

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Skype silhouettes and a new website

Skype silhouettes and a new website

I'm not sure how it all went for you, but for me the Olympics seems to have been a quiet time. I've been cutting silhouettes on Skype and at a series of August weddings. I was booked for just one post-Olympic drinks reception, by Coca-Cola. (more…)

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Hollow-cut life studies

Hollow-cut life studies

The month of May, as well as being busy season for silhouette cutting at weddings and other events, is also the month for Mays Barn open studio here in Reading. (more…)

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Doll’s House Silhouettes

Doll’s House Silhouettes

One of my favourite projects in Mastering Silhouettes was to create a set of silhouettes for a doll's house. However, I had to think carefully about scale! (more…)

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iPhone Drawings

iPhone Drawings

Now that Mastering Silhouettes is out of my hands I have some time to return to the studio and do some painting.  My biggest inspiration so far this year has been the (very crowded) David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy, so I've been making iPhone drawings. (more…)

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The Book is Launched!

The Book is Launched!

My new book, Mastering Silhouettes, was launched last month with a small party at the London Sketch Club.  We were fortunate enough to be sponsored by Hendricks Gin, after I worked at their "umbrella emporium" party last year. They supplied the drink, so it was a small but tasty party.  Thank you Hendricks!  (more…)

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