Courtroom sketch artist is one of the most niche jobs you can find in the field of creative art, but their illustrative skills are unmatched, and the way they capture the mood of the courtroom and the personalities of those involved in a court case makes you feel like you’re in the room watching the case unfold.
Gary Myrick is one of these extremely talented courtroom artists, and after working in Texas for over 38 years he, like many other court sketch artists, can’t seem to find much work these days, as the illustrators of the past are being replaced by video cameras.
Gary is the focus of a documentary produced by Ramtid Nikzad for The New York Times, and he hopes that the op-doc will reveal how important the human element is to courtroom reporting, because as he puts it:
I’m trying to draw to communicate to those that aren’t there, what it was like to be there. And maybe some of that has been getting lost.