A courtroom artist has defended her drawings of the Kardashians after they were relentlessly mocked by fans and claimed she was sitting in the back of the courtroom.
Everyone is a critic, even in court, and Mona Shafer Edwards has learned that no one is above a scathing commentary on social media.
Going viral may be the goal of most artists, but the LA-based illustrator’s work came under a barrage of criticism after getting involved in the ongoing Blac Chyna trial.
The star has filed a lawsuit against the famous family over the abolition of her E! reality series starring ex-fiancée Rob Kardashian, Rob & Chyna, which lasted one season, and Kris Jenner is joined by daughters Kylie, Khloe and Kim Kardashian.
Edwards’ courtroom sketches were roasted on social media, with some people claiming her images “look like villains from a children’s book,” and now she has responded.
“I’m doing my best,” she told DailyMail.com, noting that she was “in the back of the courtroom” and “didn’t have much of a view.”
She claimed her critics — many of whom called her portrayal of the women “cruel” and “ugly” — have a “skewed view” of what her work actually is, and “don’t know what courtroom art is all about.”
Explaining how she’s “been doing this for a long time,” the artist — who has to use a pen instead of a pencil — pointed out that she needs to be “very quick” with her sketches and needs a “photographic memory.”
She added: “[I’m] proud of what I do.’
She has drawn many “high-profile” celebrities into court — including Michael Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, OJ Simpson and Kim herself during her 2013 divorce from Kris Humphries — and she’s trying not to “look at the comments.”
Edwards admitted she couldn’t really avoid the backlash this time around, with one person even joking that Kim would “charge this artist in court.”
She also shrugged off the idea that she had taken sides in the ongoing case, noting that she “always” strives to be “very objective”, although she admitted she had a bond with the family when her children went to the same school as Jendall and Kylie Jenner.
Despite “knowing” them, she insisted that there is no personal relationship, and she has never seen their reality shows.
It should be noted that she has a wealth of experience not only as a courtroom illustrator, but also as an artist as a whole, co-authoring eight children’s books and creating illustrations for major department stores and manufacturers.
She previously completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honnors at the Art Center College of Design and teaches at UCLA and Trade-Tech, LA herself.
Chyna has taken legal action against the Kardashians over the decision to cancel her reality show with ex Rob Kardashian.
Why is Blac Chyna suing the Kardashians?
Model Blac Chyna has filed a lawsuit against the Kardashians after her reality show with ex-partner Rob Kardashian was pulled.
The E! show, Rob & Chyna aired for one season in 2016, following the on-off couple as they prepared to welcome their daughter Dream together.
It was canceled after just one series, after which Chyna claimed that the family – specifically Kim, Khloe and Kris and Kylie Jenner – were responsible for it being taken off the air.
While the father’s lawyer has maintained that their split was what caused the show’s end, she has insisted that his family was behind the axe and planned to have it demolished.
According to court documents, she is reportedly suing them for $108 million (£83 million) in damages – $44 million (£33 million) for ‘past economic damage’ and $64 million (£49 million) for ‘future economic damage’. injury’.
In response, the Kardashians have denied doing anything wrong, claiming they have legitimate concerns about the couple given the “violence and toxicity” of their relationship.
The series was green-lighted in 2016 and aired that same year, focusing on the couple as they prepared to welcome their first child together, daughter Dream, before the couple split up shortly after.
It was taken off the air after one series, after which Chyna claimed that the family – specifically Kim, Khloe and Kris and Kylie – were responsible for the axe.
According to court documents obtained by Mail Online, she is suing them for $108 million (£83 million) in damages – $44 million (£33 million) for ‘past economic damage’ and $64 million (£49 million). ) for ‘future economic damage’.
Rob’s lawyer has maintained that their tumultuous breakup was what caused the show’s end, but the mother of two has insisted his family was behind the decision — allegations they’ve denied.
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