Gorsuch Investiture

My sketch of Justice Gorsuch’s investiture ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday. President Trump and first lady Melania attended, seated between Justice Kennedy’s wife, Mary, and retired Justice Stevens (not shown). Also present but not shown in my sketch were several former Attorney Generals, members of the Senate Judiciary (but not Grassley), and the new justice’s wife and daughters.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is shown at the lectern holding a scroll, really a prop onto which were pasted the words of Gorsuch’s formal commission.

Art Lien

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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3 comments on “Gorsuch Investiture
  1. Avatar Jane says:

    When I saw this on SCOTUSblog, I couldn’t help but notice that there appear to be eight white justices on the bench. Is there a reason Clarence Thomas isn’t depicted as Black in the sketch?

    • Art Lien Art Lien says:

      You’re very observant, Jane. Thank you for pointing that out. If I hadn’t been on such a tight deadline I would have had the luxury of going over my drawing and making adjustments. I guess my chief concern was getting the right shade of orange for the POTUS.

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