Courtroom Sketch Artist Speaks Out: ‘Tell Tom Brady I’m Sorry … I Might Just Kill Myself’
August 12 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
It didn't take long for someone to corner the courtroom sketch artist who launched a thousand Tom Brady memes this afternoon. Her name is Jane Rosenberg, a New York artist who has worked the courts for several years -- sketching the likes of Woody Allen, Martha Stewart, and John Gotti.
But her likeness of Brady today s=during his Deflategate court hearing will no doubt be her most infamous sketch of all. She probably doesn't deserve to be ridiculed by the world -- she has a lot of talent, actually -- but the public seized on her Brady sketch and ran with it. She made Brady resemble a combination of Lurch from the Addams Family, and a zombie, and a Nick Nolte mug shot.
Vice Sports caught up with Rosenberg and did a quick Q&A. The highlights:
"Well I haven't seen any. People are emailing me and calling me and trying to interview me. I don't do Twitter or Facebook so social media is not my thing. But obviously it's gone viral. Some people are like sending me snippets though –– things, complaints, that I made him look like Lurch or whatever. Tell Tom Brady, I'm sorry. He's a very good looking guy and if I didn't make him look good enough, I'll try harder next time."
She actually sounds like a very nice woman. More:
"I'm working very quickly. Obviously I have a lot of pressure on me, and it's time pressure. ... Now, this Tom Brady thing, I did this whole wide shot with a million people in it. And everybody's focusing on that one little fraction of the whole picture, of Tom Brady. But it's really a big wide composition."
"Does it bother me, people making fun of me? I don't know. It hasn't sunk in yet. I might be very depressed. I'm my biggest critic, myself. So I feel terrible when I do a bad sketch. So when the whole world is criticizing me, I might just kill myself. Or I might just laugh it off. Who knows?"
Jesus, that's dark. She's surely kidding, and with that in mind, well played, Ms. Rosenberg. And I sincerely regret making this: