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Drawn to Bones

Television portrays the lives and work of forensic artists, but what is it like to really be a forensic artist? Are the tools you see on the big and little screen really used by the people who recreate the face of someone when there might only be a skull or parts of a scull to use as a starting point? Dr. Biology visits with forensic artist and author Catyana Falsetti to learn the answers to these questions and a lot more.

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Topic Time
What is forensic art and the silent epidemic? 01:24
What started you on the path to be a forensic artist? 03:48
How long have you been a forensic artist? 06:30
What is it that gets you up in the morning? 07:11
If you have DNA, why do we need forensic artists?  08:14
What are some of the tools you use? 10:03
Tissue Depth Measurements 11:33
More on tools of the trade - digital tools 13:45
What is your preferred tool? 15:13
Do you use color in your work? 15:46
Is there a reason to avoid color? 16:35
What are the most common traits of a human head? 18:05
How do you know their skin color? 20:03
Does the skull indicate symmetry? 20:37
How long does it take to do a reconstruction? 22:09
Bones counterpart - Angela 23:01
Three questions 25:10
When did you know you wanted to be a forensic artist? 25:24
What would you be if you were not a forensic artist? 26:21
Advice for someone wanting to be a forensic artist. 28:16
Sign-off 29:01

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Drawn to Bones

Audio editor: CJ Kazilek

Animated series showing the steps of facial reconstruction.

Bringing a mummy back to life. Forensic facial reconstruction steps using Blender software. Image series by Cícero Moraes via Wikimedia Commons.

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Animated series showing the steps of facial reconstruction.

Bringing a mummy back to life. Forensic facial reconstruction steps using Blender software. Image series by Cícero Moraes via Wikimedia Commons.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.