Geomagic® Freeform Plus Software

Facial Approximation

Facial approximation, commonly referred to as skull reconstruction, is the process where soft-tissue/landmark facial features are constructed onto a skull to approximate the appearance of an unidentified deceased person’s face when alive.

Our forensic facial imaging experts blend traditional illustration techniques with the latest available photo-editing software to approximate the person’s appearance in a two-dimensional format.

3D Virtual Clay Reconstruction

Facial Approximation Options…

SketchCop® Solutions’ facial imaging experts create facial approximations in 2D and 3D formats. (See 2D examples below.)

Those who prefer the traditional three-dimensional format can forward a CT scan file or mail the skull to SketchCop® Solutions. A 3D model of the skull will be created uploaded to, and rendered in Geomagic Freeform Plus and Zbrush sculpting software. (Sculpting in virtual clay provides clients with a more robust, life-like image.)

Both techniques are effective in helping solve cold-case murders and suspicious, unattended deaths. Please consult our experts on which technique will best-serve your case.

If you need our assistance, please use the contact form on the right, or our Contact page.

Case Study (See Below Facial Approximations with ID Photos)

During the spring of 1993, Southern California was flooded by a series of torrential rainstorms. The outlying desert areas of Riverside County were hit particularly hard. Much property was destroyed as low-lying areas became raging rivers. When it was over, people began leaving their homes to survey the damage. One day, two young boys playing in a wash area near Winchester made a grisly discovery. As they neared a dirt embankment, they saw skeletal remains exposed by the rainstorm… To learn how they were identified, read my book – SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime (WildBlue Press 2016)

2D Facial/Skull Reconstruction with ID Photo
2D Facial/Skull Reconstruction with ID Photo
2D Facial/Skull Reconstruction
2D Facial/Skull Reconstruction
3D Skull Reconstruction Geomagic Freeform +/Zbrush Software