Forensic art is any art used in law enforcement or legal proceedings. Within this field are such skills as composite drawing, crime scene sketching, image modification and image identification, courtroom drawings, demonstrative evidence, and postmortem and facial approximation aids.
A forensic artist, also commonly referred to as a sketch artist, is a graphic artist that renders free-hand or computerized drawings, enhancements, and reconstructions. Forensic art is defined as an artistic technique used for identification, apprehension or conviction purposes.
With that being said…yes we’ve interviewed forensic artists in the past for our blog, all of whom are so very interesting. And hopefully we will get a chance to showcase and spotlight more in the future. We love sharing these stories for students that may be interested in pursuing this particularly specialized field of forensics. This time we are sharing some snapshots from a recent event that we attended in support of not only a real life forensic artist, but a fellow NYPD colleague, Jason Harvey.
Jason Harvey, a Fine Arts graduate and Forensic Artist for the NYPD Forensic Investigations Division had his artwork shown at the Fort Gansevoort Art Gallery in New York City. The exhibit was titled “Fantasy Composites” demonstrating Jason’s ability to create composites from memory incorporating different features of people he interacts with in his day to day life. None of the art that was on display represented actual criminals, but were more a fun rendering of what his job is like. The sketches were great, the event was quite fun and Jason is really awesome. Enjoy. There’s a bonus photo of me somewhere in there with Jason.