The "courtroom sketch" is an artistic rendering done by hand of courtroom activity, dating as far back as the 1800s, as a means of preserving privacy and avoiding disturbance during formal legal proceedings. As tabloid yellow journalism has collided with the presence of new media and 21st-century Hollywood celebrity culture, the scope of visuality has drastically shifted, as informed in part by the speed with which video content can be disseminated to new audiences and publics. This piece—the first of a series in progress by mixed media artist Legacy Russell—explores and builds upon the history of the "sketch" in the light of a new era of illustration and illuminated iconography, a brief filmic analysis of celebrity performativity in an increasingly voyeuristic digital age.

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