Blog: @silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story.
Charles Burns writes about his explorations into the art and history of silhouette. His mission is to bring this often-overlooked art to a wider, appreciative audience.

Cutting the Brides’ Silhouette

Cutting the Brides’ Silhouette

Cutting a silhouette of the bride (or brides) live on her wedding day is always a heart-stopping moment. There she is, on her big day, surrounded by her closest family and friends. What could possibly go wrong? (more…)

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Portraits and Caricatures by Inger Eidem

Portraits and Caricatures by Inger Eidem

I heard about Inger Eidem long before I knew her name. Whilst cutting silhouettes at events I'd occasionally meet people who'd tell me about silhouettes they had done in their childhood. Apparently the artist cut through two pieces of paper at the same time, one of which became a portrait and the other a caricature. Wait, what?! Is that possible?

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Capturing Likeness in Caricature

Capturing Likeness in Caricature

Is it possible to make a caricature likeness in silhouette? This question vexed me for many years. (more…)

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Mays Barn 2020 Studio Catalogue now out

Mays Barn 2020 Studio Catalogue now out

A short post to announce that my studio catalogue for 2020 has now been launched. Click here to download your free copy! (more…)

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