ONE OF THE FREEDOMS in working at corporate events is the chance to make silhouette caricatures. I really love these lively and ridiculous cuttings. With their large heads and tiny bodies they poke fun at the guests but never cause offence.
If you’re thinking about booking a caricaturist for an event, but wondering if that’s been done too often before, then caricature silhouettes are a real alternative to think about. Each cutting takes no more than two minutes, often less, so I can cut large numbers in an evening.
Deceptively simple, cutting this way pushes me to my limits. Few, if any other silhouettists work regularly in full length.
What I most admire is that you come across as enjoying every minute of it and at the same time you take it so seriously”
Silhouette caricatures work well at student balls, Christmas parties and any standing event where guests are determined to have a good time. These paper-cuttings involve everybody.
What is a caricature?
Acaricature is an image which exaggerates part of the body and/or face to humorous affect.
My caricatures are cut freehand from black paper with scissors. They consist of a full-length body with an over-exaggerated head. The effect is both hilarious and slightly flattering, giving everybody a child-like demeanour.
Thanks again, Roving Artist, you were an unexpected, wonderfully fun addition to our London visit!!”
I love to encourage the guests to challenge me by striking hard-to-cut poses. Sometimes the guests end up challenging themselves; although each cutting only takes a couple of minutes it can seem a long time if the pose is too hard to hold!
Deciding how to pose is an interactive experience for both artist and guest.
Where do they come from?
In his short but brilliant career as a graphic artist AUBREY BEARDSLEY seems to have made just one portrait silhouette.
This caricatured self-portrait, possibly painted in a capricious moment, was the starting point for my search for a reliable method of cutting silhouette caricatures.
Are these traditional silhouettes?
No, silhouette caricatures are not traditional! If tradition is your thing, then these are not for you. Instead I’ll cut the more traditional cameo-style silhouettes.
If you’ve had a caricature silhouette cut before I’d love to hear about ti below.