Below are examples of witness description composite drawings made by Harvey Pratt beside photos of the subject later identified.
Considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, Harvey Pratt spent over 50 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness description drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions. You could say that Harvey Pratt had an interesting portfolio, being a Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member and also being recognised as an accomplished master Native American Indian artist. Both these aspects of his working life as an artist involved making portraits of people, some being one step removed both emotionally and in terms of experience and others made to celebrate his ethnic origins and feeling of belonging to a tribal culture.
I like to think about the notes taken by these artists as drawings in their own right. They are part of the process of remembrance and are used as triggers to ensure images are brought back as accurately as possible.