Sheldon Borenstein

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Sheldon Borenstein
Illustration/Animation

Sheldon has worked closely and exclusively with the top forensic professionals to produce courtroom moving diagrams and illustrations in both civil and criminal cases.  He is also bringing his 30 plus years of experience to the fire investigation industry.

Sheldon was an invited guest at two homicide and forensic related seminars; the first was the Public Agency Training Council 5 Day Homicide And Forensic Death Investigation in Las Vegas, NV (2010) and the second was the Colonel Henry F. Williams International Homicide Seminar in Albany, NY (2010).

All of this experience Sheldon brings to forensics. As a classically trained artist he has been able to convert complex crime scene information and verbal descriptions into a simple visual narrative that can be understood by any audience. His forensic experience includes working with autopsy photos and reports, police statements, and crime scene photos. He takes this information and visually recreates crime scenes and uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy to illustrate detailed bullet trajectories and tie the forensic evidence acquired at the crime scene to the victim in a clear and easily understood manner. His ability to create a clean and organized visual timeline of events allows for a jury to easily understand what took place at the scene of the crime allowing no room for misinterpretation of facts.

Sheldon is also involved in facial reconstruction. Facial reconstruction is a highly specialized discipline; these skills take us back to Leonardo da Vinci. Sheldon’s training in this discipline has made this his passion. Medical examiners provide an age range for a found skull. Sheldon fills in the age gap by drawing facial reconstructions in various age progressions.

Sheldon Borenstein has over 33 years of classic animation, storyboard illustration, anatomy, and master figure drawing experience. This unique set of skills has enabled him to work in a vast number of areas providing his expertise and knowledge where needed. He has worked on television shows including: Fat Albert, Tom and Jerry, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. His feature film experience includes: Space Jam, Quest for Camelot, Fern Gully, and Swan Princess. He worked as an art director for marketing agencies as well as doing illustrations in the art department for aerospace programs. He has 18 years of experience in advertising working as an account executive managing large print advertising projects. He also was a consultant for a variety of fields including: video games, education, and most recently homicide.

In addition Sheldon has 30 years of teaching experience. He has given lectures at schools throughout the country. He taught a training program for Warner Bros. feature animation that involved training over 100 new recruits and employees. He also taught at Warner Brothers’ United Kingdom, Denmark, and Texas locations. He has 20 years of university teaching experience. He taught classical figure drawing at California State University Northridge for two years. He has over 16 years of teaching experience at San Jose State University where he is currently teaching figure drawing and anatomy for animation. He is also currently teaching foundation drawing, painting, and design as it applies to feature films at Chapman University’s Dodge Film School.

Sheldon understands tight deadlines and quick turnarounds. All deadlines are always met! In short, if you can describe it, Sheldon will illustrate it!