Sketch artist apologizes to Tom Brady

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  • Portraits from the Tom Brady hearing have drawn critics on social media
  • Some say he looks like Quasimodo or the repaired "Ecce Homo" fresco

(CNN)A courtroom sketch artist made famously handsome Tom Brady look bad, and now she's offering the New England Patriots quarterback an apology.

"I apologize for not making him look pretty enough to the world," artist Jane Rosenberg said. "Tom Brady is a very good-looking guy."
Rosenberg's drawing of Brady went viral amid a court hearing Wednesday over whether he will have to serve a four-game suspension after he was accused of orchestrating the deflation of game balls in January's AFC Championship game, aka "Deflategate."
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    While some football fans were watching intently to see whether their fantasy QB will have to sit out a crucial part of the season, others were simply marveling at the unique artwork coming out of the hearing.
    The hand-drawn portraits portray Brady looking pensive and, some said, not like himself.
    Quickly proliferating memes likened the sketch version of Brady to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum.
    Implying that the artistic rendering of Brady looks unwell, another meme Photoshops him into Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video as a dancing zombie.
    Brady also got the "E.T." treatment.
    And yet another rendering plays off the botched repair of the "Ecce Homo" fresco.
    Another doctored photo features CNN anchor Don Lemon holding the image of Brady above a banner that reads: "Does this offend you?"
    Twitter users are loving the creative manipulation of Rosenberg's quick sketches from the courtroom.
    Some tweeters came to the artist's defense, pointing out that Rosenberg is a well-respected courtroom artist who has worked high-profile trials like that of convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
    Rosenberg, who has also sketched famous court cases involving Bernie Madoff, Sean Combs and Al Sharpton, said in her own defense that Brady was a small part of a large pastel composition, and accuracy is difficult in that situation.
    "I try to capture somebody's essence quickly, so it's not going to be perfect," she added.
    In any case, this seems to be her most famous courtroom drawing yet.
    Jody Genessy summed it up well: "Thanks to Tom Brady, we've discovered the Van Gogh of courtroom sketch artists."