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‘I don’t tend to flatter people,’ courtroom artist says of Tom Brady sketches

A sketch depicted Tom Brady at the hearing in federal court in New York on Wednesday.Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS

Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg isn’t fazed by the critics. After the internet blew up about her less-than-flattering drawings of Tom Brady during his Wednesday Deflategate hearings, she told us that it’s not her job to make him look pretty.

“I don’t tend to flatter people and make them look beautiful,” she said.

Rosenberg said that Brady looks like he’s frowning and looking down because he spent most of the hearing checking his cellphone. “He hardly looked up at all,” she said, adding, with some sarcasm, “Are you interested in what’s going on or what?”

Rosenberg said that even though the drawing has been mocked all over Twitter (ambitious Photoshoppers have put the sketch of Brady’s face in scenes from “E.T.” and in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”), at least people know whom she was trying to draw.


“At least they can figure out which one is Tom Brady. That’s good, whether he looks good or bad. It’s not just a stick figure of a nobody.”

Rosenberg, who’s based in New York City, has had a long career drawing courtroom scenes that involve high-profile celebs. You can find sketches of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s custody hearing on her website.

Below, see more of Rosenberg’s sketches from the courtroom:

Another sketch depicted Brady (right) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) at the hearing.Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS
Judge Richard Berman was depicted in another sketch.Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS