Would you be willing to offer quick recommendations regarding preferred equipment (paper, scissors, et al) and any other direction for a complete beginner?
--Does one just grab some black construction-paper and start cutting? (Friends, family-members, pets, local personages...?)
Obviously, much practice has to be put-in to gain anything near "proficiency".
I imagine that after 25 years, you are able to expertly whip them out by "feel"; or do you still have to be meticulous and follow a "certain system" every time? (Is it one continuous cut, or do you cut say, the hair first and then roughly clip-out the chin & the nose, and go back for the fine, finishing-details later?)
I have a good bit of experience in quite a few different media, and I believe silhouettes are within the realm of possibility for me skill-wise (I am thinking as suave and classy presents for people, come the holidays) thus Sir what is your advice? --IF you don't mind, after all, my asking?
This is one of those too-rarely-exhibited, seemingly nearly-lost-skills that are so unfamiliar to most of today's folks, that they appear virtually brand-new.
[Please forgive me an art-history digression: The romantic old stories of cutting silhouettes by the sea 75 years ago (and the prices those puppies now-a-days command) have reminded me how the legendary Alexander Calder would go to parties in New York or Paris during the '20s with a pair of pliers and a roll of bailing-wire. He would then, for fun, bend and twist a wire-portrait of everyone at the party, which he freely gave away as souvenirs. If your family owns one of those these days well, say no more...]
It must be nice to be at a party and make something for someone that you can be fairly sure will go down in that person's family.