Picture the scene: guests are beginning to arrive at a reception. Perhaps this is one of those business events where most of the guests are unlikely to know each other. The only thing they all have in common is their contact with the company hosting the event, which has invited them all for a chance to get to know them better.
In walks a silhouettist. It is not immediately obvious that he is any different from the other guests in the room, but this is a guest with a unique talent. He approaches a small group of people and begins to engage them in conversation. After a short while he produces a pair of scissors and – seemingly in a matter of seconds – cuts an astonishingly accurate portrait of a fellow guest and holds it up to the light for all to see. The cries of amazement from the group quickly attract the attention of others in the room, some of whom gather to see what is going on. The silhouette, now mounted on a card, is passed around the room.
There are a number of different ways for an artist to interact with guests at an event. You may well have your own ideas about this, otherwise, just trust the artist to decide which will work best on the day.
The third option is for the artist to set up a stall. This can work well at large events where guests are expecting to move from area to area. The silhouette stall is bound to be a popular attraction, and even those not wishing to have their portrait cut will enjoy looking at the various examples on show.