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Mastering Silhouettes By Charles Burns

Mastering Silhouettes by Charles Burns

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A practical guide to silhouette portraiture with a gallery of carefully chosen examples, past and present, and workshop sections featuring 20 projects.

Mastering Silhouettes Summary

Mastering Silhouettes: Expert Instruction in the Art of Silhouette Portraiture by Charles Burns

Mastering Silhouettes explains all the techniques for creating both modern and period-style silhouette portraits, drawing on traditional approaches some of which date as far back as the eighteenth century, along with advice on poses and materials. Throughout, special features on the work of notable silhouette artists provide inspiration for the projects that follow. The techniques used in antique silhouettes will appeal to those who love vintage style, while projects using mixed media collage and digital photography show how the art is relevant today. The book examines silhouette art for every occasion, teaches readers the skills to make silhouettes for themselves, and provides help for those who want to commission an artist to cut silhouettes for a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary party, festival or corporate event.

Mastering Silhouettes Reviews

Silhouettes have been a popular papercraft since the mid-18th century when they first appeared. There are many different variations on the basic idea of a plain outline and they are all in this book.

You don't need lots of expensive art materials, machinery or even much room to cut silhouettes. I have fond memories of doing it as a child, including on long car journeys and on vacation, so was delighted to see a whole book on the subject. I was also surprised at how many different types of silhouettes there are, including ones using several different colors of paper, those with drawn-on features, or added gold paint, or caricatures and even silhouettes taken with a camera. Each chapter covers a different technique and gives an outline of the person who created it or is most associated with it. There are examples from the artist or from that period, plus modern versions, and to enable you to have a go, instructions on how to do it. These are not in many captioned steps, but have one or two good photographs and plenty of description. Reading about the early silhouette cutters is fascinating, and highlights a type of art largely forgotten. The final section has tips on presenting work and further examples of how it was done in the past. This is a handsomely produced book that is sure to give papercrafters a lot of pleasure.

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About Charles Burns

Charles Burns has made a career from silhouette cutting, first as a street artist and then at events and prestigious occasions - inc. for the Queen (at her 80th birthday party at the Ritz), the Duke of Edinburgh, Bill Clinton... to Neil Armstrong and Jamie Oliver.

Table of Contents

Expert instruction in the art of making silhouettes
* 20 projects
* Written by a high-profile silhouette artist

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Mastering Silhouettes: Expert Instruction in the Art of Silhouette Portraiture by Charles Burns
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Fil Rouge Press
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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