So, the whole point of this series by Brian Joseph Davis is to use police sketch ‘technology’ and put them into use to recreate classic literary characters over the years – giving a common face to an otherwise completely imaginary character. The results are very, very, cool and this whole concept just gives me goosebumps with how it tickles both my drawing and literary nerdiness….
It is very challenging to do these types of images, as we all come to different conclusions and images when it comes to interpreting fiction into our own reality. Hell, we even disagree on the pronunciations of a character’s name – even after we were told by the author how it was supposed to sound. So, a project of this type is tricky already without even beginning to think of fan’s reactions to some of their beloved characters. Think of the outrage when the ‘wrong’ actor/actress is cast for a part!
This doesn’t even begin to cover the inadequacies with police sketch technology. I think it was found to be one of the most inaccurate forms of identification (the accuracy of a police sketch are so low that they are below statistical significance). This might be because people tend to not get a good look at the perpetrator, and when someone is of even a slightly different race our ability to identify and see details just plummets. I personally believe that because we don’t get a good enough look at someone, and because there are just so many people in the world, that perhaps these drawings are left a bit ambiguous on purpose – author’s do this same trick so that you, as an audience, can fill in the gaps in your own mind instead of relying on every detail.
So, this is a very ambitious project, and one that I take with a very light heart and a heavy respect. Its a lot of fun, though, to see some of your favorite characters being brought to life. You can watch a fun little blurb here where he talks more about his process.