Witness to History When No Cameras Allowed: Artist Bill Robles has built a career on drawing courtroom dramas and bringing them to life. As KCRW writes, “Bill Robles has the mellifluous baritone of a broadcaster, but he’s made a living for over 40 years with his eyes — and his hands.” See some of his spectacular work in this article and related interview here: http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2015/02/no-cameras-allowed-artist-bill-robles-makes-a-career-drawing-courtroom-dramas. And please see the eBook and print book versions available via http://www.amazon.com/The-Illustrated-Courtroom-Years-Court-ebook/dp/B00JMV2ZVU Thanks for your support of these great artists.
Hot on the heels of the excitement about being named as one of the Times Literary Supplements’ “Books of the Year 2014” comes this nod from Kirkus Reviews, known to all authors. My co-author, courtroom artist Elizabeth Williams, and I are very jazzed about both. “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art”, which spans trials from Jack Ruby’s and the New York Black Panthers’ to Bernard Madoff and Michael Jackson’s, is available at a special price of $30. Great gift idea, if we do say so ourselves! (Above, Elizabeth Williams’ portrait of Martha Stewart during her trial. Elizabeth spent hours – no, make that days – waiting for Martha to turn her head enough to grab this image, created at warp speed.)
Katherine Ramsland has long written about crime and criminals. Indeed, she has used courtroom art to illustrate her own writing. Elizabeth Williams, my artist co-author, and I were looking forward to her review, published on “Psychology Today”, of our book “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art.” It was worth the wait. You can read it here. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shadow-boxing/201407/mansons-menace-and-coppolas-beard
Correspondent Peter Bowes writes about new book, “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art” here (US-based can view the piece). Peter also will be on “Up All Night” with Rod Sharp talking to artists Elizabeth Williams and Bill Robles (whose Michael Jackson piece is below.) Program airs 6 pm west coast, 9 pm east coast, etc. Tweet during show :@BBC5Live @PeterBowes and tune in tonight or for one week on website if you miss it live. (To listen LIVE – use http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_five_live )
It’s the L.A. Law Library’s Annual Law Week and the BHBA Barristers Committee for the Arts are co-hosting a free reception celebrating the rule of law on April 30, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the library. Wednesday promises to be an enchanting evening featuring an exhibition of the artwork of courtroom sketch artist, Bill Robles with the music of Gary Green Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers.
Last week, my artist coauthor Elizabeth Williams had a great write up in the New York Times for our book, ‘THE ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM: 50 YEARS OF COURT ART.” Now, we’re in the National Enquirer! “ROGUES GALLERY OF CRIME REVEALED.” Very nice piece with art included. Charles Manson, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. The work of 5 great artists is included in the book: 140 illustrations, covering many famous cases. Bill Robles drew this cover art of Charles Manson making a leap at the judge to try and stab him with a pencil during his trial. He also drew this great portrait of Michael Jackson. Elizabeth drew Martha Stewart many times; one of her illustrations is also in the Enquirer article.