Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, October 17, 2003

This morning...

As I was dozing off and on and watching the early news, a story came on about a preliminary hearing for a very public, very volatile military court martial. (I'm not going to mention which one it is, because my following little rant might be taken as detracting from, or making light of, the circumstances of the trial.)

Anyway, I woke up enough to see that they were using courtroom artist's drawings, and I was just astounded. There were about three or four images, and every single one looked like it had been drawn by a grade-schooler. They were absolutely the worst courtroom sketches I have ever seen--they looked like they were made for a Saturday Night Live routine.

Drawing from life can be hard, and harder still when the subject won't sit still, and harder still when they could get up and leave any moment, and even harder yet when you're surrounded by people watching what you draw--but good courtroom artists are able to capture with a few strokes the mood of a room, as well as accurately capture the likeness of the subject. It can even be a bit abstract and still convey the necessary information.

You would think that there would be a sufficient number of illustrators out there who could handle this trial without resorting to someone who couldn't draw the little cartoon deer from the Famous Artists School if his life depended on it.

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