This Week’s Drawings

I took a couple of commissions this week from lawyers arguing before the Supreme Court.  The drawings are unfinished.  I plan to use watercolors, instead of my usual markers, to add color.  Both cases were argued Monday morning, March 22.

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Hamilton v. Lanning

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Levin v. Commerce Energy

Tune in tomorrow for sketches of Gilbert Arenas‘ sentencing.

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Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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2 comments on “This Week’s Drawings
  1. Vince Spence says:

    I would charge lawyers pleading before the Supreme Court $50K each. Maybe more.

    It’s wonderful how court room artists catch the mood of the trial so much better than photographs. Your work is fabulous…

  2. Ray Stanczak says:

    Hi Art, Can’t wait to see these in color with water and brush. You drawing on Bristol? How large are these drawings?
    You’re the best!
    Ray

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