NE OF THE FREEDOMS in working at events is the chance to make silhouette caricatures. Charles loves these lively and ridiculous cuttings. With their large heads and tiny bodies they poke fun at the guests but have never been known to offend.
If you’re thinking about booking a caricaturist for an event, then this is something to think about. Each cutting takes no more than two minutes, often less, so huge numbers are possible. 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.
Charles’ caricatures are cut freehand from black paper with scissors. They consist of a full-length body with an over-exaggerated head. Charles encourages the guests to challenge him by striking hard-to-cut poses, but 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.
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 Charles’ search for a reliable method of cutting silhouette caricatures.
No, silhouette caricatures are not traditional! If tradition is your thing, then these are not for you. However, they are unique, very few silhouettists can create a convincing likeness this way. The speed and ease with which Charles cuts them belies the technical expertise required. If you’re booking either Charles or Michael to attend a drinks reception you can ask them to work in caricature. Even if you don’t ask, they may cut a few anyway, just because they’re so much fun!
“Thanks again, Roving Artist, you were an unexpected, wonderfully fun addition to our London visit!!”