In my sister blog ritaLOVEStoWRITE.com did a series of character studies in the week leading up to Pride and Prejudice’s 200th anniversary on Jan. 28th. I thought I’d share the silhouette icons I made on this site.I adapted the scanned in the silhouettes from Silhouettes A Pictorial Archive of Varied Illustrations by Carol Belanger Grafton (a Dover Publication). Then I worked with them in Photoshop, adapting them so they represented each P&P major character.
Mary and Kitty was my first Character study and I really liked the touch of negative space in Mary’s glasses, so I decided to add that to the following silos. Kitty gets a ruffled collar in the final collage. Mary and Kitty are the two least defined sisters, so I kept their silos simple and little humble.
Charlotte and Collins need to show contrast. Charlotte is sensible and modest with her simple hairstyle and respectable bow. Collins is silly and talkative. He couldn’t even keep his mouth shut while his likeness was being captured. I love her downcast glaze and the hint of a clerical collar at his neck.
I admit… Mr. and Mrs. Bennet were a bit of challenge. I kept making Mr. Bennet look too much like George Washington!
Awww… Bingley and Jane. What’s not to love. The challenge here was making Jane beautiful, but reserved (almost distant) and not as interesting as Lizzie.
Lizzie and Darcy. Here I tried to show both tension and attraction. I think Lizzie definitely has sass in this silo. I love how she’s leaning into him, ready to challenge his notion of a perfect woman.
What do you think?