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Everything You Need to Know About Making Faces from a Forensic Facial Imaging Expert

Writing a book? Creating faces? Beware of writer's block!

Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with a great idea?Only to forget later because you fell back asleep without jotting it down? Maybe you did write your idea down or sketched it out. But when you sat down to flesh it out, you froze because you don’t know how, or where, to...

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Forensic Art Renaissance

When I began my career as a forensic artist, the only tools I had was a #2 pencil, a sheet of cheap bond paper and a strong will to succeed. Back then, I knew nothing about cognitive interviewing, facial identification catalogs, victimology or the value of networking. I was a 'street cop' who...

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Me and the 3 Kings - of Forensic Facial Imaging

The concept of using facial composite assembly systems to create criminal composites is not new. Over the years, it’s been a hard-sell for companies who dabbled in the technology and tried to market their creations to law enforcement. In my opinion, facial composite assembly systems, whether...

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How I Made My Own Move from Pencils to Pixels

How I Made My Own Move from Pencils to Pixels After years of endlessly sharpening pencils and breathing eraser dust, I’ve discovered a tool that’s made me a better artist. The funny thing is, it’s not much different than a pencil and in the user’s hand, works magic. Why? Because it’s digital Let...

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What is SketchCop® Solutions?

What is SketchCop® Solutions? Many of you have seen the name, SketchCop® Solutions bouncing around the internet. This month, I thought I would share the meaning of the title, our logo and what it represents. Brand establishment is important to companies and individuals. This includes my company...

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Behind the Scenes – A Visit to the Face Factory

Behind the Scenes – A Visit to the Face Factory For those of us who work as Forensic Artists, either with a law enforcement agency, or as a business offering forensic services, each day brings new challenges. When I worked full-time as a forensic artist, the main part of my job was creating...

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Helping Law Enforcement to Unmask(ing) A Killer

Helping Law Enforcement to Unmask(ing) A Killer Working with the media can be an exciting opportunity for forensic artists. It’s a great way to showcase your work and increase both your credibility and professional standing. I recently appeared in HLN’s “Unmasking A Killer”, a frightening...

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My Most Difficult Case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKnzezR89xQ I’m frequently asked which case was my most difficult and why? My answer - any case that involves children, both as a victim or eyewitness. Anytime a child is the victim of a crime, the pressure to solve the case can be tremendous. As adults,...

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Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018! Hello everyone, it’s Michael W. Streed—The SketchCop®. I’m excited to announce the launch of our first monthly newsletter bringing you tips, case reviews, news, and other information related to forensic art. Starting this year, I decided to expand my training events by offering...

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