19.03.2012 by Charles Burns
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!
The London Sketch Club provided the ideal venue, with its frieze of life-size silhouettes of past members stretching back to Victorian days. Drinks were served from the Sketcher’s Arms. It was a real treat for those who attended, and I think everybody there went away with a signed copy of the book. I also got my scissors out and cut a few silhouettes as well (how could I not?)
My publisher says enough of the ‘right kind’ of people attended to make it a success. It looks like Mastering Silhouettes will be available in the souvenir shop at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as in Waterstones. There are vague rumours of a French translation.
The book has been published in two editions. The cover above left is the UK edition, published by Fil Rouge Press, while the cover on the right is the US edition, published by Stackpole Books. Inside is mostly the same, apart from minor differences in spelling. If you’re the kind of person who likes reading the backs of books you can read the cover by clicking the image here.
If you would like your own copy of Mastering Silhouettes you can order a signed copy direct from me at the slight-discount price of £15.00 + p&p. You can get these from the Shop. Otherwise those of you with an eye for economy might prefer to pick one up on Amazon at their usual knock-down rates.