by Melissa Ashcraft

Digital Forensic Art Workshops

Digital Forensic Art Workshops

Forensic artists do vital work, creating a powerful visual link that might be key to solving a case.  Unfortunately, very few forensic artists in this country are using digital tools to enhance their work.  Natalie Murry, digital forensic artist, has extensive police force experience as well as specialized training in forensic art.  She will be leading workshops for forensic, medical, and scientific artists to introduce them to new techniques, concepts, and technology. 

Using Wacom Cintiq tablets and Corel Painter software, forensic artists can learn to create more detailed digital drawings and transmit them to law enforcement immediately.  “As far as I know, nobody else in the country teaches how to do forensic art digitally,” Murry said.  She has a wide range of experience in creating digital forensic art, both with Natalie Murry Forensic Art and as vice-president and lead artist for ID Forensic Art.

The first workshop will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona from May 5 to May 9, 2014.  It covers digital composite illustration, creating more detailed and precise facial composite drawings that can help identify suspects or victims.  Focused on the fundamentals of the black and white composite process, it will cover a variety of exercises that teach proportion, lighting, and digital drawing techniques.  The Cintiq tablet and Painter software will be used.

The second workshop will be held from September 29 to October 3 at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University (FACTS) in San Marcos, Texas.  It will focus on digital postmortem illustration, understanding postmortem changes and learning how to remove them to create an image that more closely mirrors that person’s appearance in life.  The Cintiq tablet and Painter software will be used, and the use of Adobe Photoshop components will be demonstrated.

Click here for more information on Natalie Murry’s digital forensic art workshops

More information about Natalie Murry’s digital forensic artwork, read “Digital Tools Change the Face of Forensic Art.”

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