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Courtroom sketch Artist

 8/15/2018

Creating courtroom sketches- wikipedia

Courtroom sketch artists attend judicial proceedings as members of the public or as credentialed media depending on the venue and jurisdiction. Judges may require or allow artists to sit in a designated area or they may sit in general public seating. In some jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom[1][2] and Hong Kong,[3] courtroom artists are not permitted to sketch proceedings while in court and must create sketches from memory or notes after leaving the courtroom.[2]

Courtroom artists can quickly capture a moment on paper and then sell their work to media outlets who would otherwise be denied a visual record of the trial. They may be paid per sketch or on a per diem commission. Sketches are often sold to television stations, newswire services, newspapers, or the subjects of a sketch.[4] Courtroom sketches may also be acquired by institutional archives. The entire set of courtroom sketches related to the Lindy Chamberlain trial were purchased by the National Museum of Australia from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[5] Selected works of American court artists Richard Tomlinson and Elizabeth Williams are held at the Lloyd Sealy Library at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.[6] Other collections of courtroom art include the works of Howard Brodie held in the Library of Congress[7] and the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, which holds selected court artwork from artist Aggie Kenny.[8]

A courtroom artist must work quickly, particularly during arraignment hearings where a witness may appear in court for only a few minutes. A television-ready illustration can be produced in that time, and viewed on television after a court proceeding is finished.[9] Courtroom artists can be barred from drawing alleged victims of sexual abuse, minors, and jurors or some witnesses in high-profile trials.[8]


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Howard Brodie (November 18, 1915 – September 19, 2010) was a sketch artist best known for his World War II combat and courtroom sketches.



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Ever since the newspaper wars of the 19th century, the whispering of charcoal and pastels against paper has blended with somber pronouncements, lawyerly rhetoric and tearful testimony at trials across New York.

But now, after years of change in other states, technology and the law are catching up with New York's courtroom artists. On Tuesday, television and still cameras will be allowed in most of New York City's courtrooms. And while some newspaper editors say they will continue to use drawings in certain cases, the artists have begun to count their days." -New York times. 1987