Who can become a composite artist?

Just about anyone can learn how to do forensic art. Our composite and forensic courses have had a variety of students with a wide variety of backgrounds. There is no "ideal" background or student. We have had patrol officers, detectives, records clerks, dispatch, reserves, chiefs of police, and artists. We have had law enforcement students with drawing ability of the highest caliber, students with gallery shows, students who have illustrated books, students who are already working composite artists, and students who couldn't draw blood with a knife.

If we were to recommend a particular background, we would suggest a strong desire to learn and succeed. Students with existing drawing skills and talent do not have to practice as much and may find the course easier-however-we have had very successful composite artists who learned their drawing skills in class.

If you are an artist seeking to add to your art experience, this composite training can provide you with interesting and worthwhile skills. Your success at becoming a composite artist is only limited to your desire to work in this field.

We have found that the finest composite artists possess certain characteristics:

  • An open mind with a sincere desire to learn
  • A willing heart to help others
  • A practical understanding of the use of composites in criminal cases
  • A genuine desire to improve
  • A sense of humor

If, on the other hand, you consider yourself to be God's gift to law enforcement, the single most important factor in solving a case, with skills and abilities of enormous proportion, PLEASE take two humble pills, a cold shower, and get a life.