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Career Details :: Sketch Artists
Sketch likenesses of subjects according to observation or descriptions either to assist law enforcement agencies in identifying suspects, to depict courtroom scenes, or for entertainment purposes of patrons, using mediums such as pencil, charcoal, and pastels.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Draws sketch, profile, or likeness of posed subject or photograph, using pencil, charcoal, pastels, or other medium.
- Classifies and codes components of image, using established system, to help identify suspect.
- Operates photocopy or similar machine to reproduce composite image.
- Measures distances and develops sketches of crime scene from photograph and measurements.
- Searches police photograph records, using classification and coding system, to determine if existing photograph of suspects is available.
- Poses subject to accentuate most pleasing features or profile.
- Assembles and arranges outlines of features to form composite image, according to information provided by witness or victim.
- Alters copy of composite image until witness or victim is satisfied that composite is best possible representation of suspect.
- Prepares series of simple line drawings conforming to description of suspect and presents drawings to informant for selection of sketch.
- Interviews crime victims and witnesses to obtain descriptive information concerning physical build, sex, nationality, and facial features of unidentified suspect.
- Bench Workers, Jewelry
- Camera Operators
- Costume Attendants
- Engravers, Hand
- Etchers, Hand
- Floral Designers
- Pewter Casters and Finishers
- Stone Cutters and Carvers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Thinking Creatively
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Estimating Needed Characteristics
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate