Courtroom illustrator Bill Robles will speak at the Santa Clarita Artists Association meeting on Monday, May 20. This event is free, open to the public and takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.
“I love courtroom illustrating … the immediacy…working feverishly…the adrenaline flows…and suddenly it is over, onto the satellite and seen around the world,” said Robles. For more than four decades, Bill Robles has mastered the art of on-the-spot illustration. The 1970 Charles Manson trial launched a career as a Television News Courtroom artist, and has resulted in a long succession of high profile trials including:
Patricia Hearst; Actor Lee Marvin’s Palimony Trial; John De Lorean, The Night Stalker (Richard Ramirez); Rodney King; O.J. Simpson; the Unabomber; Oklahoma City Bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols; the Menendez Brothers; Robert Blake; Michael Jackson; Paris Hilton; Lindsay Lohan; Arizona shooter Jarad Lee Loughner; Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes; Dodger Stadium Beating Victim Bryan Stow Trial; Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling LA Clippers Ownership Trial; Enrique Marquez (purchased weapons for San Bernardino Terrorists); Led Zeppelin Copyright Trial; Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Trial; and Robert Durst.
Bill has been honored for his illustration career with numerous awards and assignments, which include being selected by NASA to be on site and document the first four Space Shuttle missions, an Emmy nomination, a Gold Medal Award from the Los Angeles Art Directors Club coverage of the Manson trial., three Gold Medals from the Broadcast Designers Association, awards from the New York and Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and in 2016, the Library of Congress acquired all of Bill’s original artwork from the book publication titled “The Illustrated Courtroom 50 Years of Courtroom Art.”
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Art Center College of Design. Several years later, he returned to Art Center as a Drawing instructor and continued his teaching career for more than twenty years in the Visual Communications program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Robles currently lectures about his courtroom artwork at libraries, colleges and art groups. Visit http://www.billrobles.com for more information.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more info on the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.