Art & Design

Written by Mies van den Biggelaar

Philippe Faraut
Image by: Philippe Faraut

Painstaking forensic art by Philippe Faraut

At first hand, facial reconstructions (forensic art), might not really be meant as art pieces. But we can for sure say it has an arty side to it, since it really looks like stunning artwork.

Facial reconstruction can be approached with two different methods; the anatomical method and the tissue depth method.

The tissue depth method uses the skull architecture and skin-depth charts to project the soft-tissues of a face, in order to create an approximation of what the person might have looked like. The tissue depth method is often used by law enforcement agencies in investigations with an unidentified body, trying to trigger recognition which can finally lead to identification.

The anatomical method is a lengthier method to use. Which is based on information left on the skull by facial muscles’ origins and insertions, in order to reconstruct the volumes of the face muscle-by-muscle. The anatomical method is most often used on archaeological purposes and can produce extremely good results. The process however is a more painstaking process, requiring the knowledge of comparative anatomy and biomechanics of a specialist.

France-born sculptor Philippe Faraut is one of these specialist artist, who can make forensic art. He has created also created original works ranging from six-inch porcelain figurines to over life-size monuments in both stone and bronze. Nowadays he also instructs students in form of books and videos and organizes seminars.

Want to see more of Philippe Faraut’s (forensic) art? Visit his website.

Philippe Faraut
Image by: Philippe Faraut

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