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The last of the sketch artists on cameras in the US Supreme Court Monday, October 14, 2019


Art Lien didn’t dream of becoming a courtroom sketch artist, though the diminutive form of his name did hint at this ultimate destiny. 

In fact, it’s a job Lien once mocked. The NBC News and SCOTUS Blog Supreme Court illustrator was reluctant to even admit what he did for a living in the beginning, so low is the news sketcher in the esteem of artists.

He got into the business in Baltimore in 1976 because he needed the money. Lien had graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and was tarring roofs for a time.  

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