|Forensic artists take information, which has been gathered by themselves, or others, and they produce a visual representation of this information. Some examples of this type of art include, but are not limited to:
1) Drawings or Composite sketches: these aid law enforcement personnel to determine the identity of missing persons, kidnappers, etc.
2) Reconstruction: this type of art is helpful when trying to determine the identity of a deceased party, and is used largely when partial or total human remains are gathered.
3) Age Progressions: used when outdated pictures are the only source of information available. Age progressions are widely used in locating missing children or fugitives at large.
As one can see from the above information, forensic artists rely on, and work in conjunction with other officers, specialists, and relatives of victims. Forensic artists must be knowledgeable, precise, and have an adequate amount of talent and training in the field. They must also recognize that their efforts are extremely valuable in the law enforcement arena.