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Sketch Artist

Job Summary

Responsible for drawing outlines and profiles of individuals to be used for identification in a crime. Victims typically participate in sketch artist's composites and help identify prominent features so that sketches accurately portray alleged perpetrators.

Primary responsibilities

  • Work with crime victims to draw composite images of alleged criminal that got away during or after committing a crime, with the ideal goal of capture and prosecution.
  • Use victim's cues and description to sketch out prominent chins, noses, hairlines, or other facial characteristics.
  • Utilize pencil, charcoal, pastels, or other medium.
  • Refer to knowledge of human anatomy when composing sketch.
  • Ask questions about physical build, sex, nationality, and facial features.
  • Use shading and shadows to bring picture to life.
  • Classifies and codes image using established police system.
  • Make several sketches of person until victim is satisfied with accuracy.
  • Releases final sketch to media so public can help identify perpetrator.
  • Sketch crime scenes for future use in trials.
  • Examine police photograph records, using classification and coding system to determine if existing photograph of suspects is available.
  • Sketch proceedings of courtrooms when cameras are not allowed.
  • Sketch illustrations for commercials or films.

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