Janet Hamlin

Janet Hamlin

  • Illustration
  • Other

Little over a month ago, I sketched in Guantanamo the 911 arraignment:
New Yorker's Amy Davidson blogs about it here:


I graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design now working and living in New York. Clients include Time Warner, Universal Studios, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, IBM, HarperCollins, Associated Press to name a few. I have been sketching the tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the sole courtroom artist from 2006 to present. I continue to freelance illustrate, and instruct both online and in person. Running weekly figure drawing sessions in Nyack help to keep my drawing skills honed. I work in both traditional and digital media.


  • Illustration
  • Other


  • Traditional media: Charcoal and pastels
  • Acrylics
  • Watercolor
  • Scratchboard. Digital media: Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • work on a Cintiq/Wacom/ipad

Work Experience

* Freelance illustrator for over 20 years
* Associated Press artist, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter sports illustrations, covered the Skakel trial and Guantanamo Bay, winning first-ever artistic 'Beat of the Week' for sketches of David Hicks trial.
* Worked with Universal Studios on style guide artwork for 'Van Helsing'
* 48 Hours, visuals for upcoming feature Fall of 2012
* Time Warner, Harry Potter products
* Online instructor with Academy of Art Institute, SF


BFA Honors/Scholarship, Art Center College of Design
B.A. Design, Central Washington University
Printmaking, SVA/ Bob Blackburn Studio NYC


* Edward Hopper House, show of Guantanamo sketches, Dec. 2009
* Focus on the Figure, Edward Hopper House Dec 2010, 2011
* Art Takes Times Square, June 18, 2012 Times Square Billboard NYC
* Art Center College of Design Gallery

Artist's Statement

My goal with all my work is to capture emotion and feeling, using expressive line and color. In a court situation, there is the challenge to capture what you're seeing honestly, yet visually editing at the same time; obstacles or structures that are not part of the event, for instance. The subjects are in constant motion, so I'm taking visual polaroids of a pivotal movement and drawing as fast as I can. It's a constant adrenalin-filled way to work. When I'm not in a courtroom, I'll challenge myself with short poses during the figure drawing sessions I run each week. When I'm freelance illustrating the challenge is capturing the topic creatively and not always literally. Distilling the essence, like a baby crying in the night, and painting a crying moon, for instance. I love to impart what I know to students, and watch them apply their own unique creativity to the skills I'm teaching. We both are enriched.


  • Hopper House
  • GAG NY

Galleries or Venues

  • * Edward Hopper House
  • show of Guantanamo sketches
  • Dec. 2009 * Focus on the Figure
  • Edward Hopper House Dec 2010
  • 2011 * Art Takes Times Square
  • June 18
  • 2012 Times Square Billboard NYC * Art Center College of Design Gallery


Nicolai Fechin- what a draftsman! Rene Gruau, such simplicity and expression, elegance. Scott Johnson, who opened doors and windows and saw potential in my abilities and then pushed me to DO and go beyond traditional media into the digital world, as well as the world of courtrooms.
My ACCD instructors: Dan McCaw and Richard Bunkall, paint sings, David Mocarski, who pushed me, Joel Nakamura and Dwight Harmon who both reflected such creative joy that it was infectious. So many I've been honored to learn from.


To create, make a living at it, and always be learning, and getting better.


Nyack Center, Dwight Harmon Student Scholarships

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Career Status

  • Ready to collaborate
  • Seeking freelance opportunities


  • Award of Excellence
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Tuition Scholarship
  • Art Center College of Design
  • RSVP
  • Beat of the Week
  • Associated Press


  • Clients include Microsoft
  • Time Warner
  • Universal Studios
  • The New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • IBM
  • Harper Collins
  • Associated Press
  • CNN
  • 48 Hours/NBC
  • ABC
  • Washington Post
  • Washingtonian
  • Toronto Star
  • Miami Herald
  • Globe and Mail
  • Fox
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Scholastic
  • Harper Collins
  • Utne Reader
  • Al Arabiya
  • FAZ
  • Al Jazeera English
  • Columbia University
  • Pace University
  • Boston University
  • and several others.


  • Collaborate with all clients. In Guantanamo
  • consult with Pentagon officials for best vantage points within tight security perimeters and work with all attending media to garnish necessary imagery to capture events in the courts.


  • Self represented

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