I am a certified Forensic Facial Reconstruction artist, and have produced both forensic and archaeological facial reconstructions. I am trained in both clay sculpture and digital 3D reconstruction, both of which are based on a replica of the skull (either a 3D print or a digital 3D model).
Take a look at the example of a digital archaeological reconstruction below!
In 2011 researchers and students from the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, excavated parts of the church graveyard in Middenbeemster. The church was undergoing renovations and extension of the basement. During excavations, the remains of Dirk S. Olij, who died in 1833 at the age of 79, were unearthed. In 2015 I was asked to do a facial reconstruction of Dirk on short notice, so the result was a basic clay sculpture, which was presented to Dirk’s descendants and the local Historical society. I later produced a digital 3D reconstruction of Dirk – using the 3D scan of his skull. Below you can see an image of Dirk from a slightly oblique/frontal angle, but since the reconstruction is 3D, the creation of images from any angle (and with any lighting or background) is possible.
If you’re interested in commissioning a facial reconstruction, please get in touch.