Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture

image of karen t. taylor facial reconstructionThis hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed.

This workshop benefits both technical and fine artists who deal with the human face in their work and has practical applications in law enforcement, museum, medical and other environments, including traditional portraiture.

Topics covered include:
Skeletal and muscular anatomy of the head and neck
Sculpting the facial features
Principles of expression and aging
Finishing and refinement techniques

  • Sculpture experience beneficial but not required
  • Tuition includes supplies and use of equipment
  • Textbook Forensic Art and Illustration will be used during class

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