How to hire a silhouette artist for your event

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Professional silhouette artists are an endangered species!

When researching to hire a silhouette artist one may not know that there is a difference between what your school teacher did tracing a shadow of a reluctant student, and a master silhouette profile,  a real artist who looks directly to creates a likeness.

The artisan skilled in silhouette portraits can take any sized sharp scissors and cutout a miniature portrait in eight minutes or less.  The faster they are the better they are and the smoother the quality will be.  That is how you know quality in a silhouette artist: speed, details, and accuracy.  Silhouettes are prized to be framed in 5 x 7 or 4 x 6.  You can choose any color for your silhouette at a party (if you tell the artist ahead of time to bring colored paper other than black) and you can get them as large as a matted 8 x 10.  All silhouette artists can do them larger and they all could  paint your silhouette larger.  However the fun of a silhouette artist at an event is to watch the skilled professional  create psychic accurate likenesses of your guests to the tune of 12 to 30 people per hour, depending on how skilled they are (faster are better), or how quickly your crowd moves, or how great the artist’s personality is, to attract a huge crowd around him/her as they work!

True silhouette artists (once called Shade artists) don’t use a shadow, which is a distortion, they don’t sketch it first (which means they can not draw freehand with scissors),  they don’t use a computer program to black an image, they don’t trace a profile photo to do a silhouette.  However, this is what you can do to make your own somewhat silhouette image!  A professional silhouette artist examines your energy and profile, and will cut your profile by looking at you., your pet, or your loved one. They can also draw your profile and were first portrait artists.  It is nicest if they have authentic silhouette paper which is white on one side and black on the other. This lasts longer than craft paper and will not fade in color.  If you are doing a home project I would suggest you do not use craft paper, go for a higher quality.  You can find real silhouette paper at school supply stores and Blick on-line or in Chicago. Most silhouette artists work in the USA, Canada, Europe, Bali, Australia, Japan, and Dubai.  Silhouette artists are normally entertainers and can entertain guests as they work.  Below is an example of fine art museum silhouette by Kara Walker, who uses her imagination to create a narrative that is provoking and spellbinding.

For a home do it yourself, it is fine to use the wall for your craft project, with a shadow, just don’t confuse the minimal look of that with that of a master silhouette artist.  Both are special no matter what.  If you create your family’s likeness from a photo, computer image, or shadow, it is a good treasure, and is easy to do.

The best silhouette artists worked for Disneyland and Disneyworld and have cut many profiles out, and are quick.  The faster the silhouette artist is, the better they are.  Speed is important for a silhouette artist!  Quality is speed in silhouettes! A person who can do silhouette art correctly is a dying species! Computer-generated silhouettes are normally not in proportion, although they are great for story books, logos, and invitations images.

Silhouette artists are great at school fundraisers, weddings, corporate events, private parties, business events, and celebrations.  They make a lasting treasured gift.

I work continually, traveling around the United States and abroad and can do art illustration, interior details, couples together, and I would love to share my art with you at your parties & events! You can learn more about me on my website and read more details about how to cut a silhouette and my musings on my blog which I update frequently:

If you would like to hire a silhouette artist for your upcoming event anywhere in the United States kindly contact me and I can come to you or suggest someone suitable for you should I be booked for your date!

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