Composites are the most common kind of forensic art. A composite is a drawing made up of individual features brought together to become one face, as described by a victim or a witness of a crime.

An artist meets with a witness to a crime, and the witness describes the face of the suspect. Photo references are frequently used to assist the witness in describing more clearly, when they can’t put what they mean into words. Many forensic artists only do composites. These images were all done in pencil.