Asked on Oct 12, 2019

How can I make a shadow picture?



2 answers
  • Mogie
    on Oct 12, 2019

    Very good site broken down into 10 easy to follow steps:

  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 13, 2019

    Doris, I think you would like to make silhouettes, possibly of your children or pets. Those are so touching because with a few lines you can catch both an outline of a head, and often, an expression of a personality. Let’s say it’s for a little boy. Find something that will keep him in a sitting or standing position for fifteen minutes, more or less. I suggest a video movie rather than an exciting game. Make sure the boy is wearing clothing that most suits his personality. Do some experimenting ahead of time. Tape or tack a large piece of white poster paper against a wall. Set a chair in front of the paper. Set a very strong light level with where boy’s head will be, so that you will get a strong profile and a deep shadow. Turn off other lights so there are no cross shadows. Place the boy in position with his video, so that his eyes are looking straight ahead, and his head makes a prime shadow. Use a fine point black Sharpie to trace the outline of his head and neck, and possibly his shoulders onto the white paper. Small errors or extra lines should not matter. As soon as you have drawn the profile, release the boy! Keep him very soothed in case you have to repeat the drawing.

    Carefully cut the profile from the paper. Using tiny slivers of clear tape, tape the white outline on black card stock. Use a pencil, white chalk marker, or a white colored pencil to trace the profile onto the card stock. Use sharp scissors to cut out the black silhouette. Mount the silhouette onto a white matte board and frame the matte board. The frame is traditionally either black or white, but can be gold or whatever you want.

    You can probably figure out several shortcuts, and it doesn’t hurt to practice with non-living subjects, but with a clear outline, this is one of the most appreciated works of art you can do. Very best wishes, Jewell

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