When you think of portraits, you probably think of a painting or a sculpture — but what if the portrait is carved from an image on paper? Follow this guide to learn how to make a silhouette portrait.
This method for silhouette art uses a photograph of your subject, preferably their profile. Make sure their features are clearly defined, so you can make gallery-quality silhouette art prints!
Start by drawing your subject’s hair with a pencil. Mind the small details and refer to their photo!
Doing this lets you place the nostrils and lips in the right position with reference to the face.
Small details like these give initial perspective to your artwork!
Once you’ve placed all the details, draw the shape of your subject’s head and start shading to fill in the rest of the shapes that make up the face.
Clean your outline and remove lines that don’t contribute to the subject’s profile.
Shade the inside of the subject’s profile that hasn’t already been shaded. Don’t forget to do this for the hair as well!
If your subject has accessories like a bow, shade that in, too. You can even shade in a collar, a necklace, or other details like clothes.
Last but not least, shade the pupils of your subject’s eyes. By this time, you should have a fully shaded silhouette of your subject.
Most silhouette art is done on cardstock, but you can also do this on a canvas if you’re using paint. Cap off your project by putting the finished silhouette print in a nice frame!