I love how detailed this silhouette portrait is despite its inherent simplicity. The artist managed to capture the waves and parts of their hair, the buttons on my grandma's blouse, the outline of her brothers' ties and even their eyelashes.
She told me a man went door to door offering to create the silhouettes for families in her neighborhood. As it was the Depression, this was an economical way to take a family portrait.
If you don't expect a silhouette artist ("silhouette-ist"?) to knock on your door anytime soon, here's what you need to create your own:
Digital Camera, Black Paper, White Paper (or any two colors of your choosing, scrapbook paper from any craft store works well as it has some stiffness), Scissors, Pen/Pencil, Double-Stick Tape or Glue Stick, and a Picture Frame.
1. Start by getting your subject to sit still long enough to snap a profile of their face with your digital camera.
2. Use a photo editing program (I used Microsoft Office Picture Manager) to adjust the image size and crop so the subject's profile fits inside your frame. Then print the photo.
3. Trace the profile, this makes cutting it out much easier.
4. Place your white paper behind the photo and cut out both sheets along the traced profile.
5. Adhere your cut-out profile to the black paper.