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Picturing a World

Silhouettes

Mary Hamilton Frye’s illustrations for “Children and the Theatre,” which were mentioned in my last post, came to mind today when I read Kathleen Jennings’ blog post on Skimmings, with its gif compilation her own recent paper cut-out illustrations for a musical composition. Silhouettes have a fascination different from colored images or line drawings. They reduce and occlude but also throw shapes into relief and delight by the gee-whiz aspect of their production: how do the artists managed to cut out the intricate shapes that some of them display? What do you think—are there are some kinds of stories for which they are specially effective? Or is it all a matter of the artist’s inclination and the page designer’s vision?
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