Saturday, January 3, 2009

Forensic Reconstruction

So I wondered if I should post this because it really could offend some people but I felt more people would be fascinated by the process of trying to put a "face" on unknown remains. I could go into the process a little more if people are not put off by the subject. Let me know.


VanDerHoekArt said...

Hi Shiela,

Thanks so much for your nice comment on my blog! I just finished posting the portrait to my blog and was writing about how that is the first one I've ever painted. Now I might need to branch out a little more.

I was looking at your blog last night. I found it through a comment you left on another artists blog. In fact, I was thinking, with your background this Different Strokes challenge would be a piece of cake! You did a beautiful job on your portrait from the challenge! Aren't you just itching to see how the other artist paints you? I know I am.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!

r garriott said...

Hi Sheila,

Thanks for your kind words about the Tangerines!

Working in forensics must be something of a collaborative/archaelogical experience. In anatomy class I recall drawing from a skeleton, front, back, side views; then muscles over them, etc. But we were never asked to recreate the person... or get into the skin, so to speak. I don't think many of us really thought too much about the real person behind that real skeleton.

I like this animation you put together. It would be very informative to see your process. (I'm a big fan of Angela on the show 'Bones', which I'm sure is Not terribly realistic, but I like the idea!)

Edward Burton said...

Hi Sheila, thank you very much for your high praise of my portrait of Karin, it is much appreciated! I love your forensic postings - very fasinating. Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings! Happy new year to you!

Paula Villanova said...

I think this is a fascinating process and would love to see you post more about it! I really like your work, including your entry to DSDF, (that lucky subject!)and your scratchboard. I had forgotten about that of my first "successful" pieces was a scratchboard drawing of a Fennec fox that I did some 40 or so years ago in high still hangs in my parents home!

Judy Mackey said...

Hi Sheila, I didn't realize you had a blog - so glad you visited mine. Now I know. This forensic process - it is really cool!

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Sheila! I didn't realize you had a blog! Please link to mine! Wow, your stuff is really interesting!

Amanda Carder said...

So is this something you do? I think it is wonderfully interesting, would love to know more.

Thanks so much for you encouragement about my portrait. I feel as though I have learned a great deal being part of this group.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Thank you for your post on my blog, Sheila.
I find the images of the skull really fascinating because when I do a portraiture, I try to imagine the skull underneath.

Madd Sketch said...

Hi i would just like to say that is amazing! I'd luv to see more! its so fascinating.

Tom Pohlman said...

SHEILA! Is forensic illustration considered a branch of medical illustration? I had considered doing something like that...until my anatomy teacher described the intense training you have to undergo for your thesis (you have to purchase your own cadaver!). She told me medical illustrators are doctors without PH-D's! Was your training anything like that? My hat's off to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sheila,
I came across your blog via Jeremy Lipkings blog about the Kinkade movie. In my next life, I want to be a forensic "something", I think it's a facinating field mainly because I've always liked bones and drawing and detective work. Anyways, before I loose sight of why I'm addressing your blog is,and maybe Kinkade would
like what I am seeing in the photo of your Facial Reconstrution above. If you look carefully at the nasal cavity,I see what looks like the Virgin Mary! Okay, maybe I'm grabing at straws, She's having a bad hair day- but can you see the image? Just don't show this to Thomas Kinkade or he'll be selling it to all the Holy Rollers for alot of money on E-Bay.
Keep up the great work and I have no problem with your creations from skulls its facinating to see the end results.
Regards, Tom