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« on: March 07, 2013 02:29:28 PM »

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?
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013 04:09:23 PM »

Those are fab! I love the layering and contrast of the black against the coloured backgrounds. It's so effective!

Photographing 3d things behind glass is so hard, but I think you did a great job.

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013 05:50:51 PM »

The cutouts are awesome, and I also really like the painted effect with it being all kind of blurred and haphazard but still completely recognizable. You might consider framing those as well! Great job.
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013 09:37:14 AM »

I love the fairy!
For photographing, maybe do it before you mount it into the frame. And don't photograph it flat front, but in a slight angle, so one can see the mounted bits.

« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013 11:44:39 AM »

Thanks!! I did that with my most recent one, the Florida fisherman one.

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2013 10:10:37 PM »

love the fairy one.
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2013 12:13:54 AM »

these are beautiful I love the Fairy
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2014 08:16:52 AM »

These are really awesome.

I had an idea about your "side effect" pieces... if you did that work on colored paper, imagine how much more dynamic some of those would be! Anyhow... they are inspiring.

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014 03:37:18 PM »

They're all lovely, but that fairy... wow, it is just amazing.  I really like the "side effect" of painting the fairy, too!
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