Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Positively colorful portraits

Recently I completed this assignment- a mix of my line drawing with colorful
digital color overlays. Simple, clean portrait illustrations. Photoshop and layers,
with varying opacities and transparency, keeping my palette for
each harmonious yet varied and something that would work individually
as well as grouped.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Interview with Voice of Russia about court sketching in Guantanamo

Diana Ray of Voice of Russia interviewed me recently, right after the Nashiri arraignment in Guantanamo. Her questions were excellent, and shed some light on the experiences that I've
had sketching in Gtmo.
You can listen to it here:
Voice of Russia interview-Janet Hamlin

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Guantanamo, one year later- Nashiri arraignment

It has been over a year since Omar Khadr's sentencing October 31, 2010. I had not been 
back since then. Nashiri, accused USS Cole bombing suspect, had an arraignment today
and it is a death penalty case. Media arrived to find new work stations for both print and
TV and a reorganized Camp Justice. 
Nashiri has not been seen publicly in 9 years, so we were all anticipating what he would look like.  The arraignment was held in court 2, a venue that is much more difficult to draw in than court 1. 
We are held in a glassed-in viewing room, watching from behind sound proof panels in the back of the court. Sound is piped in at a 40-second delay. Victim family members were in attendance, and with permission, I sketched those that I could see. We are now done, and the case will take some time before going into trial.