How are Remote Viewing and Forensic Art related? Both use sketching or clay modelling to express information as perceived by someone. They also both apply the scientific method, where possible and they fill in the blanks with approximations. The other thing the two have in common is that they can both provide information that can help investigators solve a case. Let’s examine them both:
Forensic Sketch Artist
A forensic sketch artist is usually called in by police to interview a witness to, or victim of, a crime and use their interview skills, knowledge of human facial anatomy and artistic skills to create a composite sketch of what the witness or victim has perceived. They have to ensure they do not influence or lead the witness in any way and consider the trauma the person has been through.
Controlled Remote Viewer
A controlled remote viewer is given a double-blind task relating to a question that is associated with a number. This could be a case file number or date of birth. The remote viewer will start to sketch and describe perceptions relating to the target. They may witness in their mind an event that is related to the case and they need to collect as much detail as possible. A trained remote viewer will ask themselves the same questions as a forensic sketch artist will ask a witness.
Similar Interview Challenges
In her book, Forensic Art Essentials, Lois Gibson describes the challenges a sketch artist faces. Commonly witnesses saying: “It happened so fast! I didn’t get a good look!” Remote Viewers seem to face the same issue and they are often thinking: “I only caught a glimpse of the person. I don’t have enough information to sketch.” Other similarities are blocking or avoiding traumatic events and not wanting to revisit them in your mind.
Lois Gibson has devised some helpful techniques to prompt the witness’s memory. These techniques can also be applied by Remote Viewers, who often face similar challenges. The only difference is, that they have to ask these questions themselves during or after the session.
Similar Sketching Challenges
Some witnesses, when asked to sketch what they perceived, say they do not have artistic skills. The truth is that something is better than nothing when it comes to a sketch of a person of interest. Of course, the better one can express their perceptions visually, the better the chance of identifying the person involved, but even a child-like sketch can help solve a case. Always give it a go! Then ask a professional artist to help you. The very act of sketching often prompts more details than can be described verbally.