Forensic Art and Illustration / Edition 1

Forensic Art and Illustration / Edition 1

by Karen T. Taylor
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Taylor & Francis


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Forensic Art and Illustration / Edition 1

As the number of stranger-on-stranger crimes increases, solving these crimes becomes more challenging. Forensic illustration has become increasingly important as a tool in identifying both perpetrators and victims. Now a leading forensic artist, who has taught this subject at law enforcement academies, schools, and universities internationally, offers readers the benefit of her extensive knowledge and experience. Forensic Art and Illustration is the first book to provide complete coverage of all aspects of the field, and includes much previously unavailable information.

Beginning with the first-ever in-depth documentation of the history of forensic art, this book proceeds logically through explanations of facial anatomy, practical methodologies and techniques, case examples, and a glossary of terms. More than 700 illustrations and photographs depict art methods used in identifying and locating crime victims and criminal offenders. Numerous successful examples, taken from actual solved cases, demonstrate applications of the methods and techniques presented. Ideal for both forensic artists who want to improve their skills and those who work with them in law enforcement, Forensic Art and Illustration is a practical guide as well as a complete look at the state of the art of forensic illustration today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780849381188
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 571,560
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

The Foundation
Introduction to Forensic Art and Illustration
A History of Forensic Art
The Human Face
Drawing the Human Face

Finding and Identifying the Living
The Interview
Composite Imagery
Age Progression: Growth
Age Progression: Aging
Image Assessment and Modification

Identifying the Dead
Postmortem Drawing
Skull Protection and Preparation for Reconstruction
Two-Dimensional Facial Reconstruction from the Skull
Three-Dimensional Facial Reconstruction on the Skull
Methods of Superimposition

Additional Responsibilities
Professional Ethics and Conduct
Printing and Graphics Reproduction
Dealing with the News Media
The Forensic Artist in Court

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"For anyone interested in forensic related art, facial reconstruction and identification, this book is a wealth of knowledge. … Certainly, it is a major work that merits serious attention and consideration. Importantly, the language and style of writing is most conducive to a quick grasp of the intended meaning. Finally, noting that the author gave named recognition to other contributors, it speaks well that the book was written for the right reasons."

"This book is quite literally a vade mecum on the subjects it canvasses. … it is a manual, more than merely a primer, for the investigative uses of the subjects of forensic art and illustration. … would I stock my library with this book? I have two, one for my home study and one for my professional office. Need more be said in praise of this book?"
-PROFESSOR JAMES E. STARRS, LLM, Professor of Law and Forensic Sciences, George Washington University, Law School, Washington, D.C., in Scientific Sleuthing Review

"… a comprehensive text that examines forensic art and its role in criminal investigation … essential not only to law enforcement and criminal justice personnel but also to forensic and social anthropologists, police artists, and mental health care professionals who assist crime victims."
-MICHAEL TAISTER, Forensic Artist, Forensic Science Communications, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C., in Forensic Science Communications

"[a] multidisciplinary approach to many forensic art applications … an excellent publication … this is one of those books that defines a discipline and will be read and referred to for many years …"
-ROY PASCHAL, Forensic Artist, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, in Journal of Forensic Identification

"Our viewers know we've worked with Karen on many cases. She's one of the best."
-JOHN WALSH, Host of "America's Most Wanted," FOX Television

"… a class act by a class author … a wonderful contribution to the area …"
-DR. RONALD P. FISHER, Department of Psychology, Florida International University, Miami

"As Vernon Geberth's Practical Homicide Investigation is the bible for homicide investigators, Karen Taylor's Forensic Art and Illustration will become the bible for forensic artists."
-DETECTIVE CASEY JOHNSON, King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle, Washington

"… superb. It provides an easy-to-read and practical guide to the esoteric science of forensic art."
-DR. CLYDE SNOW, Forensic Anthropologist

"Great for Television Writers … The book succeeds as both a useful research tool for the experienced analyst as well as being a fascinating, entertaining, easy to follow text for anyone who is new to the field of forensic art … We cannot say enough good things about this book."
-JOSH BERMAN (Co-producer) and DAVID BERMAN (Researcher), "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation", CBS Television

"Karen Taylor, a renowned forensic artist, has created the definitive guide to the art and science of forensic illustration. In her lucidly written and gorgeously illustrated book, Forensic Art and Illustration, she provides an authoritative account of the history and practice of forensic illustration and offers her readers a fascinating glimpse into the world of crime victims and criminal offenders. Her book should become a classic reference text for those interested in forensic science and criminal justice, and an invaluable resource for those of us interested in the faces as researchers, artists, physicians, anthropologists, or simply as human beings."
-NANCY ETCOFF, Ph.D., Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, Harvard Medical School Author of "Survival of the Prettiest"

"This book should be in the library of every forensic artist and forensic anthropologist. Taylor has managed to produce a comprehensive reference text that is encyclopedic in scope, yet is as interesting as a mystery novel. The book is filled with well-illustrated case reports and step-by-step instructions on the use of techniques … Taylor's artistic talents, which have resulted in successful identification of countless suspects as well as victims, are now matched only by her talents as an author."
-EMILY CRAIG, Ph.D, Forensic Anthropologist, Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office

"… more than worth the price … it covers simply everything, and even manages to do it in an interesting, extremely well-written manner. I actually found myself sitting down and reading it just for pleasure. A perfectly superb piece of work."
-AARON ELKINS, Anthropologist and Edgar-award winning mystery writer, Washington

"Karen Taylor's much anticipated text on forensic art happily lives up to the highest expectations. Karen is preeminent in the field and one of the few people practicing today who has professional experience in ALL aspects of forensic art … Chapters [which are] co-authored with Betty Pat. Gatliff (the 'Grand Dame' of forensic facial reconstruction) will be especially appreciated by the students of these two distinguished international teachers."
-ROBERT GEORGE, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Biology, Florida International University, Miami

"Karen Taylor has done a thorough and painstaking job to make this technical arena both fascinating and accessible. … no one will come away without having learned an immense amount about how art aids in criminal investigation."

"In addition to being a wonderful … 'how to do it', the book is enjoyable and interesting to read even for the lay reader. … I suspect that the very simple and straightforward approach conveyed in Forensic Art and Illustration only comes from those who feel the masters (or mistresses) of their field of expertise. I consider this book an essential part of every forensic anthropologist's and odontologist's library."
-DR. JOHN G. CLEMENT, Professor of Oral Pathology and Forensic Odontology, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Taylor has made a wonderful contribution for all future Forensic Investigation … a must read."
-SUSAN KLINGER, D.O., Pathologist, Anchorage, Alaska

"… the quintessential forensic art book that sets the standard for the discipline and for all future textbooks to come. Taylor's book has well over 500 pages of illustrations and information … meticulously researched, organized, referenced and indexed … great aid for criminal lawyers, police departments, colleges with criminal justice courses and … research psychologists."
-DETECTIVE FRANK DOMINGO, Forensic Artist, New York City Police Department, Retired

"Impressive … thorough coverage of all the diverse aspects of facial reconstruction … every work step and work background is described extensively, and detailed descriptions of specific cases are given … this book is a new standard!"
-PROF. DR. FREIDRICH W. ROSING, Anthropologist, Institute for Human Genetics and Anthropology, Ulm, Germany

"… an amazing contribution for portrait artists and teachers of art at high school and adult levels …"
-DR. JUDY KULA, Professor of Art, Phoenix College, Arizona, USA

"… an extraordinarily concise and helpful guide in my efforts to understand this field of research. … Taylor finds the exact balance of effective teaching … she is able to demystify the complexities of such work by a step by step approach based in common sense … I consider this book to be a prize possession and it no doubt will, as Ms. Taylor hoped, be dog-eared and worn from frequent use."
-DONNA CLINE, M.A., Cline Medical Illustration, Sierra Madre, California

"Finally, one of the most accomplished Sketch Artists of our time has brought the discipline of Forensic Art into focus …"
-GIL ZAMORA, Forensic Artist and Instructor, San Jose, California

"… this book reads as though you are sitting next to Ms. Taylor and she has decided to reveal the secrets of the forensic art universe over a cup of tea … no artist will be able to claim he or she is properly trained without having studied with Karen or from her book."
-KAREN HARE, Crime Scene Investigator, Midland, Texas

"… an invaluable aid for any practitioner in this field."
-JANET RICHARDSON, Forensic Artist, United Kingdom

"… a gift to all who toil in the trenches of police investigations."
-KAREN WISNIEWSKI, Police Officer, Fingerprint Examiner, Composite Artist, Dearborn, Michigan

"… Karen has handed down to us a career's worth of precious and priceless knowledge …"
-LT. LISA SHEPPARD, Texas Department of Public Safety, Corpus Christi

"… the most comprehensive, detailed, methodical, insightful and visual presentation of the profession …"

"… the definitive book on artists who use their talents to help law enforcement catch criminals …"
-LOIS GIBSON, Forensic Artist, Houston Police Department, Texas

"This is a classic portrait drawing book. Karen Taylor's book deserves 5 stars … There is nothing like it … fascinating reading."
-JAMES L. FERRY, Art Instructor, Sacramento, California

"… THE ONLY complete source on the subject of forensic illustration available today. … It is a must for every potential police sketch artist and every law enforcement agency!"
-DOROTHY NALLS, Forensic Artist, Carpinteria, California

"… will no doubt be the bible of forensic artists for many, many years to come."
-CHARLES T. JACKSON, Forensic Artist, Haddon Township, New Jersey

"… I'm certain that the excellent presentation of material, coupled with the easy-to-follow information will keep the novice reader and professional artist involved from cover to cover. And it should hold a proud spot on everyone's shelf as a learning resource for years to come."
-LORI FRANZ, Continuing Education Staff, University of Texas, Austin

"… Her book has been a tremendous guide for me in understanding the interview process of victims/witnesses, and her examples of her own drawings have been an aide to me that is unsurpassed."
-CORPORAL WALTER SIEGEL, Police Officer, Shaker Heights, Ohio

"… a must for all forensic artists."
-ROBER T. EXTER, Forensic Artist, Reddind, California

"The clearly described detail makes this book a must as a reference/resource for all professional personnel involved in forensic identification."
- RONN TAYLOR, Forensic Sculptor, Victorian Institute of Medicine and School of Dental Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia

"… a MUST tool for any forensic artist! …"
-STEVEN L. JOHNSON, Forensic Artist, Davenport, Iowa

"an excellent resource manual for us to keep nearby when consulting and working on active cases"
-MICHAEL STREED, Detective, Orange County, Calfornia

"For any artist who desires to understand the human head, this book is a must."
- DETECTIVE BOB POWERS, Chief Forensic Artist, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's Office, USA

"Forensic Art and Illustration is the perfect synthesis of art and science applied to forensics... An outstanding landmark in the field, Forensic Art and Illustration is the one book for anyone interested in the application of art and illustration to forensic investigations."
-Science & Justice 2001; vol. 41;4 (November)

"...In a highly interesting and fascinating presentation, leading forensic artist Karen T. Taylor explains how we can use art for administration of law and justice...."
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volume 3, Number 1, January - June 2002

For established forensic artists, it would prove to be an excellent text for recapitulation or even for familiarization of new facts. People in other sub disciplines of forensic science (e.g. forensic pathologists like this reviewer) would find this book immensely interesting, if only to know what this new and exciting branch is all about.
—Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I for one, being a forensic artist, recommend this book to anyone interested in effective visual identification procedures and techniques. In the past, many people have asked me for information on forensic art and where to start. I have had to tried to answer these requests and carefully refer these people to other experts in the forensic art field like Karen Taylor, and now I am very pleased to see this truly informative, functional and practical reference now available to everyone. I consider it a must for all forensic artists.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be on the bookshelf of every forensic artist and forensic anthropologist. Attorneys, law enforcement investigators, and others engaged in forensic identification will also find this to be a valuable resource. Karen Taylor and her two main contributors (Betty Pat. Gatliff and Dr. David Glassman) have sucessfully collaborated to bring numerous aspects of human identification together into a single volume that is both fascinating and educational. Taylor has managed to produce a comprehensive reference text that is encyclopedic in scope, yet reads almost like a mystery novel. The book is filled with well-illustrated case reports and step by step instructions on today's forensic art techniques. Ethical considerations regarding witnesses, suspects, and court proceedings should also prove invaluable for anyone concerned with the science of forensic art. Karen Taylor has worked for over 20 years in both fine art and forensic art, and this wealth of experience is evidenced in the the scope of forensic science and art displayed in this book. Such in-depth knowledge and insight could only have been achieved through a lifetime of practice and application. Taylor's artistic talents, which have resulted in the successful identification of countless victims as well as suspects, are now matched only by her talents as an author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Karen Taylor for writing this book. I found it full of information and hundreds of illustrations. The book was very informative and easy to read. I really liked the highlighted portions of the text. For the beginner, as well as, a practicing forensic artist the book is a must. Worth every dollar. For anyone who reads this book that is not a forensic artist, after reading it, they will want to be one.
Joe_Kenney_Sculpture More than 1 year ago
I am a professional sculptor working on life size figurative sculptures cast in bronze that are placed in public settings. Forensic Art and Illustration by Karen T. Taylor is useful to realistic portrait sculptors and painters as well as forensic artists. The book is extremely well-written with precise descriptions and supporting photographs making it easy for readers to understand. The content includes anatomical information about skulls, muscles, tissue depth, and clear examples of what occurs with the face in the aging process. There is helpful information for drawing facial features and three-dimensional facial reconstruction. The book is full of useful information such as the size of the iris and what features are most important in facial identification. To capture a true likeness in a realistic portrait, these key features described in the book must be accurate. For example, the skull must be accurate as a starting point for a realistic sculptor to capture the essence of the person who is sculpted. Forensic Art and Illustration provides information that is helpful in my journey to improve skills as a portrait sculptor. This book is a valuable addition to my resource library on sculpture.
Mcooper More than 1 year ago
I have never found a book that more thoroughly and accurately covered the subject of Forensic Art. It is obvious that the author, Karen Taylor, knows this subject in depth. As a Forensic Artist, this book helped me to not only establish my career, but I still refer to it on almost a daily basis. It has been such a great asset.
smissal More than 1 year ago
I teach full time at the Art Institute of Phoenix, where my normal 'diet' is life drawing, character design, and background design. It was a real pleasure to discover Karen T. Taylor's Forensic Art and Illustration, an information-packed volume about the history and techniques involved in such pursuits as composite drawing, age progression and post-mortem facial reconstruction. For sheer interest, it has been a long time since a book grabbed me and made me read from cover to cover without being fiction. All the information in the book is extremely valuable to both layman and professional alike, and is presented in an easy to read but technically accurate manner. Important information is reinforced by bold type, a device that makes chasing down some particular point much easier when going back and forth in the book. All visuals compellingly reinforce the written information, and represent much of the best work Karen Taylor has done as one of the handful of top forensic artists living today. I can't say enough about this book. Save your pennies, invest in the book, and you will have a lifetime of information at your fingertips. Even if you don't plan a forensic career, you will find mountains of valuable information in each chapter. Illustrators, concept artists and the like will gain valuable insight into aspects of their craft that they may never have suspected existed. Well done, strong both visually and in text, logical and groundbreaking...all these and more apply to this book. I highly recommend it as an addition to your personal library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the Director of Alumni at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (previously known as Oklahoma College for Women/OCW), I have the privilege and the honor of working with Alumna Betty Pat. Gatliff to highlight her accomplishments in an upcoming history exhibit on outstanding women graduates of OCW. The exhibit will be available in 2007 through the Oklahoma History Center. During my initial research, I discovered Karen Taylor¿s book because of the chapters written on forensic sculpture by Betty Pat. Gatliff. I have read the entire book and it is FASCINATING-¿Ms. Taylor illuminates forensic art as an art and as a science...but never diminishing the goal of helping to bring justice for wounded families. The book shares with you and me, the artistic talent and years of professional experience of two remarkable women...and the gift that Karen Taylor and Betty Pat. Gatliff have for helping others. I am recommending this book to our students (including art and criminal justice majors--USAO is a liberal arts college), local law enforcement teams, and to those who have an interest in this intriguing subject matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With over thirty-eight years in law enforcement, four with the Detroit Police Dept, over thirty-four with the Alpena Police Dept., and over twenty-five years of self-taught police composite drawing; I have come to realized the value of forensic art and composite drawings as investigative tools. I have searched for training in FORENSIC ART AND ILLUSTRATION. Now, I have found it in Karen Taylor¿s book, Forensic Art and Illustration. Having participated in a Michigan State Police Forensic Art Workshop with Karen T. Taylor, I have found her book as down to earth and as dedicated to Forensic Art as Karen Taylor is. She has covered all of the aspects of facial forensic art with her information on the art/drawing of faces coupled with the other needs in forensic art. She has stressed the importance of the interview and the none art needs of the forensic artist. Forensic Art and Illustration is a necessary tool for the beginner through experienced forensic artist and anyone involved with human face visualization, composite drawing, facial aging, and reconstruction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KTT's 'Forensic Art and Illustration' is the ultimate reference on all aspects of forensic art that will forever be the forensic artists' #1 go-to book. This text provides forensic artists with invaluable information and guidance through the processes that lead them in the fight for truth and justice. Despite newer texts in the field, KTT's book continues to be irreplacable and simply the BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though there is a new book out by another author, this is still the BEST book on forensic art. Karen Taylor's expertise and vast knowledge of forensic art, combined with a well thought out and readable style, sets it apart from the competition. If you want to be a master of your craft you need to learn from the master. This is the bible of Forensic Art!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a national expert in the field of forensic art, Karen Taylor has written a comprehensive and easily understandable text. The book is full of examples and photos from her own work. It covers many aspects of forensic art, and is an excellent resource for any novelist who includes a forensic artist in their stories. I speak from experience, having relied on Forensic Art and Illustration in my novel Brink of Death and subsequent stories in my Hidden Faces suspense series. Using this book was like having a forensic artist at my beck and call each day as I wrote. If you're writing about the field of forensic art, the price of this book is certainly worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely essential for anyone interested in forensic facial art. It contains a wealth of information that is presented in an easy-to-understand manner. The author has obviously researched her craft in great depth, and she is happy to pass along the information she has learned over the years. Her collaboration with Betty Pat Gatliff and Dr. David Glassman further adds to the textbook, and I have not found any other book that can compare to this one. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 26 year old, visual artist. I bought this book because I was interested in seeing if I could create a digital, non-evasive forensic methodology. After reading through this book, I was able to develop a digital technique and create a photo-realistic forensic illustration! This book is very practical. It actually walks you through the steps necessary to create finished images. After having read this book, you should be able to start making images and helping identify people! The book is well researched, has excellent footnotes, references, color photos, techniques on 2d & 3d illustrations and great information on forensic sciences. It is well worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen T. Taylor's book is by far the best tool a Forensic Artist can have in their possession when taking on a case. It provides the police artist with many examples, including cases she has worked on with her own illustrations. Taylor not only has excellent artistic tallents, but is also a great role model for aspiring sketch artists. Her demeanor and presence adds to her teaching ability. I advise anyone wanting to learn more about Forensic Art not only to read this book, but to take one of Karen's workshops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well-researched book on forensic art. It thoroughly covers most of the disciplines of forensic art. It is the only real textbook for the field. Karen¿s artist skills are clearly evident in the book¿s illustrations. She did a great job. I would recommend it to any forensic artist. S.Mancusi's web-site is
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that offers both solid forensic material and a fascinating read is a rarity. Taylor pulls it off. If you aspire to be a forensic artist, this is the book for you. If you just want to know what forensic artists do, and how they do it, this, too, is the book for you. With illustrations throughout, a compelling history of the subject, and thorough details on the many methods, Forensic Art and Illustration is going to remain the definitive work in this field for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for this field for long time until I found this book and read it. How can I be a Forensic Artist? How can I start? I plan to go back to school but I have no idea which school and which major that I should take? Which school that Karen T Taylor teaches? I really appreciate if you can reply my questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen Taylor has compiled the single greatest contribution to the field of forensic art. Forensic Art and Illustration provides the most comprehensive, detailed, methodical, insightful and visual presentation of the profession. Karen Taylor has chronicled her many years of experience as forensic artist, student and teacher, along with the collaborative efforts of other well-respected multi-disciplinary forensic professionals. The book is an absolute must for not only the novice or veteran forensic artist, but also members of the legal and scientific community. Forensic Art and Illustration provides more than a solid foundation of the varied skills demanded by the discipline. Technical, historical, philosophical and pragmatic considerations are thoroughly documented. This book is THE definitive forensic art guide by providing ¿how to¿ step-by-step instruction, identifying specific tools of the trade, presenting numerous case studies, serving as a reference manual for future works, presenting a detailed balance between art and science, offering candid advise and imparting lessons learned from the author¿s and others¿ vast and varied forensic art experience. Forensic Art and Illustration sets the artistic and technical standard for those considering the specialty. Within days of receiving the publication, I was able to apply information from the ¿Age Progression: Aging¿ chapter on a fugitive update case. The book is an invaluable resource.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the definitive forensic art text has been written. Masterfully crafted, Karen T. Taylor's book, Forensic Art and Illustration is destined to become the canon of this genre. From the history of forensic art to courtroom demeanor, this book reads as though you are sitting next to Ms. Taylor and she has decided to reveal the secrets of the forensic art universe over a cup of tea. She does it all: composite art, two-dimensional and three-dimensional facial reconstruction, postmortem drawings, superimposition and age progression. All of these techniques are related in concise, descriptive terminology that is accompanied by spectacular graphics. Karen T. Taylor's professional and ethical approach to an artist's role in an investigation is the embodiment of perfection. This book encompasses the collective consciousness of the forensic art world, creating an encyclopedia for the artist and non-artist alike. Generations to come will study this text, and no artist will be able to claim he or she is properly trained without having studied with Karen or from her book. Forensic Art and Illustration is seamless and brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Vernon Geberth's 'Practical Homicide Investigation' is the bible for homicide investigators, Karen Taylor's 'Forensic Art and Illustration' will become the bible for forensic artists. This is a MUST READ for all forensic artists. It is a comprehensive, well thought out book. Karen knew what was needed in this specialized field and then provided it. Great job Karen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE ONLY complete source on the subject of forensic illustration available today. Karen T. Taylor is not only artistically talented, but she can explain, communicate and relate her science so the lay person can fully understand and appreciate the art of forensic illustration. In today's computer world, it is important to understand that when it comes to composite drawings of criminals, etc., there is nothing better than the human hand and the art of listening, hearing and communicating to get across what is necessary to complete a true and accurate composite. Karen T. Taylor can take you there in this well-done and extensive source of forensic illustration. It is a must for every potential police sketch artist and every law enforcement agency!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Expectation are sometimes difficult to meet. Karen Taylor's book exceeded my expectations and delivered a comprehensive resource for beginning sketch artists', investigators and advanced sketch artists'. I have added this book to our required reading list for our Compositure¿ on-line course. The field of forensic art is gaining wide spread attention when highly skilled artists are applying the principals set forth in this book. Now the rest of us can look at our own training and gain a measure of comfort or strive for higher goals. The foundation has been set. Fantastic book with pictures and definitions that reveal the sometimes mysterious world of composite art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have worked in law enforcement for 9 years and seen over and over again how a good composite or reconstruction can enhance an investigation. I have also seen how a poorly done composite can impede one! Forensic Art & Illustration should be required reading for forensic artists and anyone involved in the identification process. This book is phenomenal! It covers every aspect of forensic art-history, interviewing, techniques, ethics, applications-it has it all. Karen Taylor's research is superb, and she has consulted a variety of experts (including Betty Pat. Gatliff & Dr. David Glassman, both premier in their fields) as well as drawn on her own vast experience. To top it all off, this book is easy to read and the illustrations are incredible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Michael Streed from Orange County, CA This book is a well-written chronicle of a person's life's work and passion. It is unselfish in its content and in the specialized subject area of Forensic Art; is a book for the ages. Karen Taylor does an excellent job of covering a vast amount of information in an organized, easy to read fashion. She utilizes a myriad of visual aids that captivate the reader and clearly illustrates the subject matter. Her refreshinginly unselfish attitude allows us to see the variety of work being done in the field by others. Her collaboration with other experts in the field gives the reader the sense that this book is 'state of the art' in it's content and is worth reading; as both an interesting text and an excellent resource manual for us to keep nearby when consulting and working on active cases. Most books on specialty subjects like this are usually reduced to several hundered pages of self-agrandized back-slapping and literary grandstanding that really teach nothing and are valueless .....NOT so with this book. THIS book shares knowledge AND teaches! I would highly recommend this book for anyone in the field of law enforcement interested in this valuable investigative tool as well as those that have any interest in Forensics. I know I'll keep going back to mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most complete text of its kind -- anywhere! Karen Taylor's knowledge of Forensic Art is unmatched and it shows in this publication. Karen's talent and experience shows as she touches on every aspect of forensic art. Karen's techniques are explained with clear, concise instructions and an abundance of wonderful, well thought out images. I find myself reading the book again and again, constantly learning something new each and every time. A must have book for the practicing forensic artist.