Sketch Artist

Sketch artists are commonly employed by law enforcement agencies to assist in identifying suspects. They work with victims of crime andor witnesses to crime to create sketches that are released to the public so that people who recognize the suspect based on the sketch can contact the police and alert them to the suspect’s whereabouts. Besides creating sketches of individual crime suspects sketch artists are also hired to sit in courtrooms during trials and draw scenes of the proceedings. This is especially common in high profile cases in courtrooms where cameras and the media have been restricted. Most sketch artists have an innate talent and are born with artistic abilities. However while it is not necessarily required many have a formal education in fine arts. Not only must sketch artists have the ability to draw realistic pictures but they must also be excellent communicators and have the ability to envision images that are being described by crime victims who are often upset and distracted when they are giving descriptions of the individuals who committed crimes against them. They must interview crime victims and ask for specific details about the suspect who committed the crime and they must be able to work with a compassionate attitude and without getting frustrated when crime victims cannot remember certain details about the suspect. The website www.exammaterials.com states that the average salary for a sketch artist is $42650 and the job opportunities for this profession are expected to increase in the near future.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $42650
High Salary: $44650
Low Salary: $40650
Tasks: Draws and sketches alleged criminals.
Assists law enforcement officers in identifying suspects.
Creates portraits.
Focuses on facial features.
Also Called: Criminal Sketch Artist
Artist
Composite Sketch Artist
Forensic Artist
Additional Resources: http://www.exammaterials.com/careers/sketch-artists-job-description.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/Criminal_Sketch_Artist_Job_Description_Duties_and_Requirements.html
http://degreesource.com/articles/267/1/Forensic-Artist-Job-Description/Page1.html