Police Sketches of Literary Characters


Nicholas C. Rossis

I came across an unusual post on My Modern Met the other day. It featured the work of artist and filmmaker Brian Joseph Davis, specifically his ongoing project The Composites. The project produces police sketches based on what the book descriptions suggest and is a wonderful example of the power of words to create an image in a reader’s mind. Davis created the images using commercially available law enforcement sketch software and manipulated the black and white images to fit the author’s vision.

It is doubly interesting to see how the descriptions came to life in films, in the case of books that have been turned into movies, as My Modern Met has done in its post.

Jack Torrance, The Shining, Stephen King

Ullman folded his neat little hands on the desk blotter and looked directly at Jack, a small, balding man in a banker’s suit and a…

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