This is a short compendium of illustrators/artists who have used the silhouette as a means to narrate stories or create stories. From Else Hasselriis and Arthur Rackham to Khoa Ho and Rob Ryan.
Looking at silhouette, also known as flat colour, as a method of illustrating a section of the story of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
The logo for Kindle is an example of contemporary cgi: black silhouette on a gradient background, with a mustard lower case font.
San Francisco-based artist Khoa Ho created “Superheroes – Past/Present,” an illustrated series of silhouettes that highlight the past and present of well-known comic book superheroes.
Danish silhouette artist, Else Hasselriis (1878-1952) who worked for the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Company, came from a family of artist/illustators. Some of her silhouettes, representing tales by Hans Christian Anderson, were used for a series of plates by the RCPC. She is known for her work with classics such as The Nutcracker of Nuremberg (Alexandre Dumas),…
Rob Ryan is a silhouette artist whose paper cuts have been used in packaging to shopping bags.
Arthur Rackham was best known for his silhouette style in tales such as Rip Van Winkle, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. He was regarded as one of the leading illustrators of the ‘Golden Age’ of British book illustration of circa 1900 to 1915. He expanded the use of silhouette cuts in his illustration work during the post-World…