We live in a society where media and technology is always available; however there is still a use for court artists. After reading an article online, I noticed that the accompanying video was a slide show of court drawn pictures of the defendant, judge, jury members and attorney. How ironic a video of pictures being taken. But because in some trials media is prohibited; we go back to the drawing board, literally.
For high profile trials where cameras are to be kept out of the courtroom. Television stations, newspapers and magazine publishers need court artists to sketch the characters and scenes of the trial. Cameras are kept out at times to avoid distractions and preserve the privacy of those in court; therefore news outlets rely on these drawings.
There are artists who solely work for the court system and have worked on some famous and memorable cases. I believe that the sketch- book and pencil will be around for a while, even though a camera can take the same image, there is a definite authenticity to a drawn picture. Artists use different drawing techniques to depict the scene in the courtroom. They use materials from pencils, charcoal, to pastels. These drawings can also pick up raw emotion more so than a picture at times, giving the public a true depiction of what’s going on in the courtroom.
So for those artists out there, there will always be in my mind a job for you in the criminal justice field whether it be drawing a witness’s account of a suspect or drawing individuals in court proceedings. Its an exciting job and very much needed for media uses. There is a blog I came across dedicated to showing people what a camera cannot while in Supreme Court trials http://www.courtartist.com/ Take a look at some of this artist’s work and how much detail is put into every drawing.