Lauren Muney creates silhouette portraits that look like the sitter. They are not done in a stylized form – they are created in a true- to-life representation, although always flattering: silhouettes can’t show wrinkles!
Sample silhouettes are shown at the bottom of this page. The example silhouettes range over 6 years of portraits; artist style can change and improve over time, so you will see a range of experience just from this one artist.
“Freehand” created, with only Scissors:
Silhouettes By Hand profile portraits are create “freehand” with only scissors, just by looking at the sitter. “Freehand” means that your artist creates the portrait by only using scissors ‘to draw’ the portrait of the sitter - there is no drawing on the paper in advance of cutting the portrait. There is no machinery that creates the portrait. There is no possibility for erasure – any mistakes in the portrait means that the entire portrait must be thrown away and started again.
Freehand silhouettes is a traditional, historic method of profile portraiture that was popular for hundreds of years. Although silhouette portraiture was a common inexpensive portrait form for hundreds of years, there were a few historical silhouette artists that stood out from others. They were considered great artists, even of this relatively quick portrait form – some of these historic artists gained national and international fame for even these “shadow”[-like] portraits.
A freehand-scissored profile portrait takes Lauren approximately 2 minutes for a head-to-shoulders portrait. Sometimes the portrait takes a little more time, sometimes less time – the variation in time depends on the intricacy of the sitter’s hair, features, clothing – or at an event, by the sitter’s own desire to talk more about this fascinating experience. Occasionally she has done full-length portraits as well.
Every effort is made to create a true-to-life portrait; however, this is still an artisan-made portrait, not a photographic representation. Customers are assured of deep attention, but this is not a photographic reproduction: the resulting portrait is made by hand, not machine. The quick scissoring method has been honed to match the timing of the historic artist.
Many customers love coming to Silhouettes By Hand live public events so they can see the quick process happen in front of their eyes, and many event producers love having Silhouettes By Hand at their events to amaze their guests – and to give the guests something to remember the event.
There are only a handful of artists in the United States that create freehand-scissored silhouette portraits – and there are a few artists scattered in the United Kingdom, Europe, and other continents. Each artist has his/her own style, and many artists are stylized. Silhouettes By Hand makes every effort to create an authentic, personality-filled representation that shows the actual features of the sitter. Customers have been able to pick out their favorite features, or even tell the difference between twins – just from their silhouette portraits. Silhouettes By Hand‘s Lauren Muney explains her own events and history in the “About” page.
Event producers can amaze their own guests their special event or facility by learning about how you can bring silhouettes to your event. Silhouettes are faster and more elegant than caricatures, and the guest takes home a beautiful reminder of his/her special day. Contact Lauren with your event ideas to receive an information sheet, and arrange for custom quote for your event. All events are custom-quoted when provided with event details.
Individuals and Mail-Order:
Individuals can visit Lauren at her numerous events for a live sitting, or create a memorable heirloom from your own home by making a mail-order. (The image at left was a portrait made for mail-order, from an emailed picture).
Keep informed by “liking” the Silhouettes By Hand Facebook page. By “liking” this page, you will receive regular tidbits on silhouettes, history, and fun events.
Here are a few sample silhouette portraits by Lauren Muney, from real guests at past events: