Welcome to RobertExter.com, the resume for a special type of portrait artist. My talent is not restricted to paintings, drawings, or illustration, but can perform the many tasks of video such as capturing with crisp sound, authoring DVDs with professional original menus. I can put my special touch to web design and have come proficient with Youtube. 
My identification work  law enforcement agencies has been very successful. I have developed a process where I can work on line with  a witness anywhere in the world to illustrate personalities that can be used to locate and adjudicate by capturing an  accurate record of a witness interview. See letter of recommendation  

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I have also developed a procedure to identify Jane and John Does where you use multi drawings of a skull or skeleton varying the subject tissue. The multiple concepts of one case can then be used in a lineup making it more possible to approach the real visual identity of the subject's identity.  example   Work on UNABOM Task Force

My work in identification is a great help in portrait work. In portraits dealing with deceased subject, it helps to have the ability to work from description.  Contact:  robertexter@gmail.com


In 1987 I was commissioned by the UNABOM Task Force to create the first national composite release. The bomber Ted Kaczynski, after being witnessed by 2 women placing a bomb under a parked car in a secluded rear parking area in Salt Lake City never again personally placed a bomb. Ted decided to wait over 6 years before attempting another bombing, thus the last few bombs were all mailed. My composite is very accurate in the 'Facial Recognition Area'. But the witness had a hard time with the chin and hair. Top explain further, if you have a relative or friend and you see another person with the same face in the ‘facial recognition area’ as your friend; but this new person has a different chin and hair, then you would still recognize the facial recognition area features, and this is what I have concluded Ted noticed, and David his brother noticed. So, in reality, my complaining to the FBI that the 1994 composite looked a lot like my face and much different than my first release, did pay off. You will hear that the FBI at first told David that a letter David submitted was typed on a different typewriter and that reason they had concluded that his brother wasn't the bomber. However, Agent Fitzgerald was convinced that the forensics in the composition of words and spelling was that of the bombers. Agent Fitzgerald apparently used my composites to re convince David to re assert that his brother was the bomber. But an important bit of information was left out of the Manhunt series, and I think mainly because my first release actually had a look of their actor playing Ted Kaczynski. In actuality an investigator such as Agent Fitzgerald would have had more than the two composites to show David. I created a composite in 1994 to take off the bomber's sunglasses. I have not received a call from the FBI Unabom task force to congratulate me on the uncanny accuracy of the eyes I came up with. You can make your own conclusion, but it has to be that they have too much ego to call me after the hassle I gave them over me looking like the second composite release. You will find this immaturity within fully grown adults and I will never understand how they can go about their lives without shame. So score one for me and if you watch the Manhunt Unabom series, the FBI administrators treated Agent Fitzgerald much like I was treated. They even tried to take his glory away. I personally feel the series was very accurate in the way the FBI treats their people. Please examine how close I came  in the eyes comparison overlay below.

The American Journal reported my findings and caused a stir nation wide.


From the Manhunt series:


For theatrical reasons this scene never happened, but what was said in the scene was true.

Agent Fitzgerald stated wrongly in his book that Jeanne Boylan made the composite in Salt Lake City in 1987, but she didn't work with the FBI until 1994 where she produced the second national composite release from the witness's memory of the sighting, six years in the past. Agent Fitzgerald has promised to set the record straight in his next audible book publication.

Late in 2002 the TV show "Worst Case Scenario" hired me to do an unusually quick job and I believe the object was to show how far off an eye witness can be. However I was able to do my job. In reality I rarely perform 3 or more composites in only 4 hours. In this job I identified the witness to use and my second witness indicated he remembered a backpack decal or patch and was able to describe that. But in the dialog of the show it was never explained that identifying a good or bad witness was part of the composite artist's job.

*ABOUT THE VIDEO: Please note that I was not identified with a subtitle name in the video, but you can see that it was me who drew the identifying sketch. In real police work, witnesses do not view suspects in group sessions. Witnesses are not allowed to guess. I have been successful on a high percentage of cases. In my opinion this program segment was meant to damage witness credibility. However I was insistent on having the subject yell at the witnesses. I told the head investigator that I thought my female witness had observed the subject with interest and that she would be my pick to identify the suspect. I told the investigator that my male witness observed the backpack and would only be good for clothing. In most cases robbers do not wear disguises. All of the men in the line-up had no facial hair. I was responsible for the suggestion of voice identification with the composite. composites are not tangible evidence; in court they are used to give supportive evidence to a witness's credibility. Lastly; I had to wait three months to find out that I had helped the witness pick the right subject.