L.D. Chukman

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Are you looking for L.D. Chukman, L.D. Chuckman, Lou Chukman, Lou Chuckman, Lew Chuckman or any of the other common misspellings of my name?  The guy who does the court sketches on Channel 7 in Chicago? Congratulations, you found him.

L.D. (Lou) Chukman is a Chicago artist and illustrator, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a courtroom artist for news agencies since 1975.  His work has been shown by CNN, MTV, Associated Press, as well as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and PBS, both local and national outlets.  His drawings have been broadcast by television networks in Russia, Denmark and India.

In addition, he draws caricatures, cartoons, storyboards, concept boards, custom illustrations,
 portraits and architectural renderings.


Available Services

Are you looking to purchase the original of a sketch you saw on the news?  Contact me.  

Are you an attorney or loved one of an attorney with an upcoming Illinois, Indiana, or U.S. District Court (IL, IN, WI, or MI) case, and you want a visual image of that case?  Contact me.  I will draw the case for you privately and provide an original artwork memorializing the case.

Do you have a professional friend or colleague who is retiring, being promoted, transferring away, moving to a bigger and better position, leaving to start a marriage or new career?  Why give them a watch, or a plaque, or some other cliche gift?  You can commission a "Custom Career Cartoon
" from me, and provide a one-of-a-kind comic rendition of that person's career, as a unique, literally "tailored" presentation.

I am available as a caricaturist for parties and fundraising events, having started as house caricaturist at Brookfield Zoo the summer of 1995.  Available in Northern IL, Northern IN, Southern WI, or Westerm MI. Custom caricatures of celebrities are available to order nationwide.

I have drawn storyboards and concept boards for numerous Chicago agencies and production houses, and
can write or design sequences.

I am experienced in a wide range of illustration and fine-art styles and can provide custom illustrations and artist's conceptions for your publication, film or video,or electronic presentation.

I can work to short deadlines, I have brains and a sense of humor, and I am available to
 travel anywhere in northern Illinois. 

Please view my Gallery to see a general portfolio.  Clicking on any image will link you to a page of samples in the same category.

If you are interested in contacting me, please see my

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