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ask a forensic artist

because I'm going to say what i think anyway


Most of what you've learned about forensic art is wrong.

And that worries me, because it makes a big difference in how effective our work is. This is one of the few fields in law enforcement that relies almost exclusively on the public to help solve cases. If you believe what you've seen on TV, then we might have lost an opportunity to bring in a suspect, or identify a victim of crime. This website is here to set the record straight.

Who am I to tell you this?

I've been a full-time forensic artist for over 16 years. I'm still active in the field, still doing the work. I've taught forensic art to members of law enforcement all around the world, and lectured at agencies who you would totally know...but I'm not about to name. 

Most importantly, I keep up with the times. I search out all the newest scientific research on matters related to forensic art, and provide it all here, in plain English. 

So if you want to know how our work is really done,
you'll get the answers here.

Better yet, if you want to be a forensic artist, you're really in the right place, because I'm going to tell you how to go about it.

The forensic art field is like no other career. You can't take a few classes and expect to get a job, no matter how talented you are. You need to go about it the right way, to save yourself time, money, and loads of frustration. I'm doing all I can to bring more artists into the field, so head over to Career Advice to learn the three things you must know first in order to become a forensic artist. 


If you want to know even more, you can always
cut to the chase and get my book.

What's Inside

Although I have a ton of information on this site, my book is for people who want to dig deeper, and learns all the ins and outs of the field. 

It's not about me or my adventures flying around to world to do a sketch and save the day. 

Instead, it's about the job.

• You'll learn how we interview victims of crime to come up with a suspect's face, from the minute we sit down with the witness, to how it leads to an ID.

• You'll see the step-by-step method of building a face from a skull, with all the real science behind it.

• You'll get an understanding of how anyone
(yes, you!) can help law enforcement solve a crime.

• Interviews with fellow working forensic artists give you an insider's look at life on the job.

• Plus, solid career advice explains how you can get a job as a forensic artist too. Step-by-step, with no sugar-coating.

“Packed with information and examples,
this fascinating book will make a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in forensic art.”
— Kirkus Reviews