When it comes to drawing faces, I can do a decent job. Portraits I have done in pencil, pen, and watercolor actually show recognizable people. But up until now I have never really tried silhouette snipping.
When I got an Amazon gift card this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.
The book, Silhouettes: Rediscovering the Lost Art, by Kathryn Flocken, arrived yesterday afternoon and I got started on practicing right away.
Some of the original stuff is pretty embarrassing, but I tried to critique the mistakes. Hopefully, upon reflecting on the problems, I will learn from them.
I taped them in an old sketch pad so that when I get to be an expert, I can laugh delightedly at my early attempts.
Honestly, I was surprised at how different it is to cut a profile than it is to draw one. Supposedly, the traditional way to cut silhouettes is to not sketch beforehand. You just snip as you study the face. If you make a mistake, you are stuck with it. Of course, it is only supposed to take you 90 seconds to snip a silhouette, so "stuck with it" is only a temporary condition if you ball it up and try again. Some of the positions your hands get into while cutting these are quite contorted. Since you actually want to see what you are cutting in the same direction as you are snipping, you have to learn backhand snipping techniques.
After trying the samples in the book, which included lots of neat little details on the profile, I tried some profiles from the internet. Whew! That was like starting from scratch.
After not finding lots of profiles that showed the angle I wanted, I started using my own. Three of the images below are of me. They all have similarities to my profile, but still have some problems with the proportions.
I did look at "all y'all's" blogs for profiles, but you seem to prefer frontal shots. I did snip a couple of the ones I found, but I'm not ready to say which ones they are and of whom. But, if you include a close-up profile in your blog now and then, it would provide some nice practice for me. = )