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Great writers use words to describe the appearance of their characters. Depiction is often meticulous, and the attributes chosen help shape the character of the subject and, in turn, the novel. If this book is made into a movie, these carefully chosen details can be ignored. Suddenly the two no longer match. Artist and filmmaker Brian Joseph Davis demonstrates this in his ongoing project, "The Composites," which creates police sketches based on  book descriptions.

Davis created the images using off-the-shelf law enforcement sketching software. He manipulates black-and-white images to fit the author's vision, and it's fascinating to watch the words come to life through high-tech programs.

Synthetic images also show how different characterisations of movies are compared to  text. Some of these  juxtapositions look similar. For example, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," in which actor Matt Damon appears as originally envisioned by writer Patricia Highsmith. But that's not the case with the "monster" in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's novel Frankenstein. The film version of this character looks far more grotesque and inhuman than the literary version of the character. After a long hiatus, Davis plans to resume work on the new composite in February. 

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