Well I guess this is the best place for these, since they are paper. I've been rather shy about posting them, but art not shared is art wasted I guess.
I started doing silhouettes last year when I decided to do one for my 1year anniversary, since the traditional gift is paper. This is a photograph from the actual ceremony I turned into a silhouette and framed:
Then I decided it would make nice gifts, but wanted to add a little more pizazz... so I got some shadowboxes. Next projects were Christmas gifts for aunt and uncle, of their favorite things: him - Sherlock Holmes books, and her - fairies.
not sure which one has better lighting. I suck at photography lol
The fairy had a little more detail. Here she is before being painted black.
Close up of flowers.
I loved this paper that someone gave me. Worked perfectly for her wings. In certain light it really shimmered and was very pretty.
Then came a couple friend's birthdays, for one I made this:
the background is cells from actual comics (which, when I told him that, his response was "You cut up comics?!!?" lol) You can't tell, but 2 cells, one on each side, are actually halfway between the background and the foreground. I used pieces of foam to make them stick out a bit. The boat in the Sherlock piece is like that too, but it's not obvious in the pictures.
and for another friend
Here's Vader alone, before installation.
I think one of my favorite things was the "side effects" of painting the silhouettes:
I might frame those too, just for me.
Anyway, that's it so far. I have others in the works for more family members' birthdays, but they're not done yet.
Added: Any ideas on how to make it photograph better? Also, how to make the 3d details more obvious in photo?