Project 7: Silhouette

You are going to make a silhouette of yourself, cut it out and mount it to a card. You learned a little bit about silhouettes a few weeks ago by watching this video:


Review it if you forgot what it was about.

Silhouettes can be considered one of the first photographic processes. It uses a simple rule of light: when the source of light is small, the shadow it casts has a hard edge. We can use that edge to trace the outline of someone. Read this short history and then come back.

The steps for making one of these is simple:

1. Trace the shadow of a person, or have someone trace yours.

2. Bring your paper over to the PANTOGRAPH to reduce the drawing exactly 1:4.
In this photo and GIF set, Karen is tracing her silhouette on a larger piece of paper.




3. Cut out the silhouette and paste it to the black card. As you cut, you might want to add features like a nice s-curve on the base of the neck or some clothing.