Digital Forensic Art Techniques: A Professional’s Guide to Corel PainterTM illustrates hands-on techniques to digitally create forensic art for police and investigative purposes. Coverage focuses specifically on how to utilize the software to create realistic human likenesses, including composites of suspects and drawings of persons in unidentified remains cases.
Drawing digitally is like using any tool in art: a pencil, a charcoal stick, a conte’ crayon. A stylus is just another tool to master. Digital work is easier for artists to send to the case detective, and the work always reproduces exactly as it was completed. Another benefit to working digitally is that one can use video conferencing with a witness online to provide services remotely world-wide. This enables police departments who have never had access to a forensic artist to have a sketch done within hours of the crime.
Chapters address the more basic functions to serve as a primer for those transitioning to working digitally. There is also instruction on light and shadow, and bones and muscles of the skull. All of the discussion is intended to make the reader see things as an artist to improve drawing skills and overall digital techniques.
In short, Digital Forensic Art Techniques is a practical, easy-to-follow manual for working forensic artists that will give readers a solid base from which to start. It serves as an essential resource to greater skill and comfort with the hardware and software, thus furthering current best practices and technological advances in the field.
"Digital Forensic Art Techniques is an invaluable resource for any digital artist seeking to delve into the world of forensic art. Not only does it make digital art accessible to traditional artists seeking to understand Corel Painter software, it also outlines the necessary workflow for developing forensic art images ranging from composite drawings to postmortem renderings. As both an instructor and a student, I highly recommend this book." - Jorge Molina, Forensic Artist
1. The Workspace
2. Setting Up Your Workspace for a Composite
3. Composite Drawing
4. Step by Step Composite Case 1
5. Step by Step Composite Case 2
6. Saving Your Work: Filing System, Case Log, and Court
7. Skull and Muscle Anatomy
8. Light on the Face
9. Adding Tone
10. Adding Photographic Elements to a Composite
11. Postmortem Drawing
12. 2D Reconstruction
13. Customizing Painter