I (Amy Cyphers) was born in the wrong decade, I’ve always known this. My house is super old (1910), and I love any artifact I can decorate with, especially from the 1920’s-60’s. Silhouettes have always been so beautiful to me. I have collected a few vintage ones, and I have always wanted to make them of my own kids. I wasn’t sure how to go about it though… until now.
I purchased an Apple Pencil recently. I’ve been working on creating different books and journals (more on that soon!), and I thought it would be fun to hand-letter and draw some things that I could use in my designs, and the Apple Pencil looked like an amazing and easy option for that. Long story short, I LOVE my Apple Pencil, and somehow I’ve become a silhouette artist… LOL. I started with my own kids after figuring out a method I liked… I was honestly just trying to figure out the new pencil. I shared the images with family and suddenly started getting texts of their kid’s adorable profiles. Things were getting out of control, and I have LOTS of other things to do, so I began charging a little bit. They aren’t too tricky but they do take a little time.
I googled “Silhouettes” the other day to find out more on the history of them and I learned that they were a cheap method of making a picture of a person (right up my alley!!) and originated from a man named Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who was known for being a tightwad (major paraphrasing, by me). I was fascinated to learn that in the olden days, there were artists that cut out silhouettes from black paper, by eye, freehanded in a matter of minutes! That is a mad skill. You can learn more about the history of them HERE if you are interested! I have had a few people tell me that when they were young they had one made of them at a county fair! I think that is just so neat! I wish it were still a thing people did at the county fair.
So, who’s face makes a good silhouette? Anyone! Of course, 3-year-olds are adorable, but teens are stunning! A family of them (mom, dad, kids… the dog…) would be so fun to make too. I’ll admit, baby silhouettes are hilariously cute, and if I had one done, I would have it redone every 3 years or so.
Want one? Sure!! All I really need is a side profile of any person, taken on a white or light background. Girl’s hair looks best up in a pony-tail, braid or bun. Hanging hair looks a little funny. I work on the picture after I receive payment via PayPal, or Venmo in the order I receive the payment. For now, I am charging $15 per digital file.