Charles Burns

Charles Burns, silhouette artist, aka Roving Artist. Author of Mastering Silhouettes and presenter of Silhouette Secrets

Mastering Silhouettes book covers

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! 

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Silhouette scissors in action

New silhouette scissors

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS people most often ask when they see me cutting is “How many pairs of silhouette scissors do you get through?” I get the impression they’re expecting to hear that I use at least six pairs a night! When I explain that I’ve been using the same pair of scissors for the

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Schmalcalder's physiognotrace

Sent to publisher

I MANAGED to FINISH the book! 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.

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Charles cutting a silhouette. after Edouart

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. There’s only one real problem. I don’t know how to write! The book will feature a wide variety of silhouette portraits, both traditional

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Full-length regency silhouettes

Cutting Regency Silhouettes

SOME WEEKS ago I was lucky enough to be booked for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, where I found myself cutting a whole series of regency silhouettes. This is one of those rare events that is obviously made for a silhouettist like myself, so I simply had to write and share some of the

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A wedding proposal

A wedding proposal in caricature

WHILE CUTTING caricature silhouettes at a student ball a couple of weeks ago I received a strange request. On of the students was planning to make a wedding proposal to his girlfriend that evening, and was looking for an original way to do it. Seeing me in action, he asked me to cut a silhouette

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