The Trump Hush Money Sketch Artists

Raw Story reports on a Rolling Stone article:

Former President Donald Trump is enraged about how he looks in the courtroom sketches at his Manhattan trial — and thinks that the sketch artist is trying to make him look bad on purpose.

According to Rolling Stone‘s Ryan Bort, Asawin Suebsaeng, and Catherina Gioino, the former president “privately asked people close to him if they agree that the courtroom sketch-artist must be out to get him, two of the sources say. Trump has critiqued the sketches of him that have circulated in the media this week, and insisted some of the images were likely drawn to make fun of him. One such sketch captured Trump snoozing, with his eyes closed and head tilted.”

Before the trial began ABC News interviewed the three courtroom sketch artists assigned to the New York “hush money” trial of former president Donald Trump – Elizabeth Williams, Jane Rosenberg, and Christine Cornell.

For Cornell and her colleagues, capturing details like Trump’s hair — which Cornell describes as a “helmet” — or his unique facial expressions — which include a “pissed off look” according to Rosenberg — has become a routine exercise.

But in interviews with ABC News, the three New York-based artists acknowledged that Trump’s criminal hush money trial, scheduled to begin in lower Manhattan on Monday, carries a different weight.

“My whole life is going to revolve around this trial,” Rosenberg said. “My job is to capture the intangible quality … to capture the emotion that’s happening. I think an artist can do that.”

Peter Charalambous, for ABC News, talks to the three court artists, who have drawn Trump in court since 1986, and also to Sara Duke of the Library of Congress about the history of courtroom sketch artists.

The work of sketch artists was driven by historical necessity, after photographers were banished from the courtroom due to the distracting nature of magnesium flash photography at the turn of the century. By 1937, the American Bar Association issued a policy prohibiting the use of still cameras and recording equipment in court.

As to this most recent trial – Newsweek claims the sketch above by Christine Cornell went viral.

Busines Insider carries a number of Jane Rosenberg sketches including the one of “Sleepy Don” (see top image).

Elizabeth Williams talks to CNN about the trial’s opening arguments (via Yahoo).

Google Images has dozens of “hush money” sketches from the above three artists.

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