Mastering Silhouettes

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Expert Instruction in the Art of Silhouette Portraiture

Charles has put years of practical experience and historical research into writing this book.

Essential reading for anybody interested in silhouettes, or who simply enjoys stories about historical artists and practical illustrations of the way they worked.

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Mastering Silhouettes: expert Instruction in the Art of Silhouette Portraiture

Mastering Silhouettes explains all the techniques used by Charles to create both modern and period-style silhouettes. The books draws on traditional methods, many of which date back to the eighteenth century. You’ll find advice on how to pose the subject, as well as on materials and techniques.

A series of historical features highlight the working methods of notable silhouettists of the past. Charles describes these artists as his “teachers”. These artists, and their work, then provide the inspiration for one of many practical projects.

The elusive, quirky and sometimes downright odd techniques used by past silhouettists will appeal to those who love period style. Project using mixed-media collage and digital photography bring the art up to date and give it a contemporary relevance.

The book examines silhouette portraiture for every occasion and teaches readers the techniques to make silhouettes for themselves.  It also provides guidance for those who wish to commission an artist to make their own silhouettes, or to book an artist to appear at a special occasion.

Copies of Mastering Silhouettes can be optionally signed by the artist and delivered around the word.

The book is also available on Amazon, where you can read reviews

Additional information

Weight530 g
Dimensions239 × 190 × 10 mm

176 pages printed in full colour throughout


Charles Burns


Fil Rouge Press (UK Edition)
Stackpole Books (US Edition)




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