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Literary Police Composites

Brian Joseph Davis Constructs Characters' Faces Based on Excerpts

— February 12, 2012 — Pop Culture
Part of the fun in reading novels is being able to imagine each character’s appearance, but if you have problems visualizing certain literary creations, Brian Joseph Davis has got you covered.

Davis is an author by day, but he’s managed to find time in his schedule to produce a portrait series based on famous literary characters such as Aomame from Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’ and Humbert Humbert from Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita.’ Davis makes these portraits using police composite sketch software and descriptive passages of each character’s face. He then puts his creations, along with the novel excerpts, on his Tumblr page entitled ‘The Composites.’ Though the results are mostly eerie, they do provide visitors with insight as to what characters may look like.

Brian Joseph Davis is also the author of ‘Portable Altamont’ and a co-founder of Joyland, a website promoting regional short fiction.
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