Charles talks about his virtual studio days

Meet Charles Burns over Zoom and pose for him while he cuts your portrait.

Silhouette Cutting: a rapid process

Charles works really fast. His silhouette portraits are cut freehand from black paper, using a pair of surgical scissors. Each silhouette takes just two or three minutes – depending on how complicated your hairstyle is!

A pair of classic cameo silhouettes
Cameos of a man and woman in two oval mounts, cut in one sitting

Your ten-minute sitting

Our virtual studio days are divided into ten-minute sittings.

Ten minutes doesn’t sound very long, but it’s more than enough to cut silhouettes of both of you. Charles can cut you as a pair of classic cameo portraits, mounted on separate oval mounts, or as one double silhouette.

Family group of three silhouettes
A family of four in one double and two cameo silhouettes, cut in two consecutive sittings

Two consecutive sessions will make silhouettes for a family of four, three sittings for a family of six, and so on.

The process is both fun and educational. Most people cannot believe silhouettes are really made this way! The interesting thing is, you don’t really need to sit that still…

Two couples, face to face and back to back
Two double silhouettes, in different styles, each cut in a single sitting

Wriggly kids and disobedient dogs

After more than twenty years spent cutting silhouettes at events up and down the country, as The Roving Artist, Charles is used to cutting portraits of moving targets. In fact, he prefers it; the unpredictable nature of a live sitting often adds life to the finished portrait.

Silhouettes of a boy and dod on a white card with a pair of scissors
Boy with hat and his dog, cut in one sitting

Working with animals and small children is no problem.

Browse our upcoming virtual studio days

So pick a date, the coupon you need is: SCISSORS

You’ll notice our studio days take place at different times of day. This is to allow for time differences.

  1. Morning events are suitable for those in the Middle and Far East, as well as Australia
  2. Daytime events are suitable for those based in Europe or the UK
  3. Afternoon events are suitable for those in the UK and the East Coast of America
  4. Evening events are suitable for those based in any US time zone

All studio days run on London time

A Family Heirloom

Sample Certificate of Authenticity
Certificate of Authenticity

At the end of the day Charles will mount the silhouettes onto signed cards, backed with a stamped certificate of authenticity, and post them to you anywhere in the world.

He makes silhouettes exactly the same way that silhouettists have been working for over 200 years.

The silhouettes haven’t changed much, but the way you’ll pose certainly has!

Just paper and scissors

Silhouettes of a boy and girl together with off-cuts & scissors
Cameos of a boy and girl with their offcuts, all cut in one sitting

If you like, Charles will save the off cuts for you.

These off cuts don’t always survive the cutting process, so this can’t be guaranteed, but if you’d like them please do ask.

A couple facing each other in silhouette
A face-to-face double (requires one sitting)

Past Studio Days


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