Courtroom sketch artist somewhat terrified of having to draw Tom Brady again

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On Monday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will visit a New York City courtroom once again, as he and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell try to reach a settlement over Deflategate.

Jane Rosenberg will be there too, and she's dreading it. The internet couldn't decide if the courtroom sketch artist's last interpretation of Brady — who Patriot's owner Robert Kraft once described as "physically very handsome, but as a human being he's more beautiful" — looked more like Michael Jackson in "Thriller," the guy in Munch's The Scream, Jesus after that elderly woman repainted the priceless fresco, or something that would terrify Kevin McAllister.

The sketch became so infamous that it announced a presidential campaign. Rosenberg has been recognized as its creator while in line at Starbucks.

"I've had sleepless nights and Tom Brady's been in my mind in the middle of the night. I get up worrying about it," Rosenberg told WBZ-TV in Boston. She promises to make Brady look appropriately gorgeous this time around — she already apologized "for not making him as good-looking as he is" earlier this month. Rosenberg, who doesn't watch football, has been training for today by drawing his face from photographs.

According to The New Yorker, this isn't the first time the 35-year-old courtroom-sketch vet has had to change her style based on popular demand — "John Gotti asked her to eliminate his double chin in her sketches, a request she granted."

Sketchgazi has led to some career benefits and interest in her back catalog too, she told The New Yorker. "A museum in Boston asked to display the Brady sketch, while dozens of potential buyers have inquired about purchasing it. 'I want a million bucks,' Rosenberg said."

Most of all, she's ready for all the attention to disappear. "I hate it," she told PIX11. "I want it to go back to the way it used to be." Before that can happen, Rosenberg has to draw Brady. "I still might blow it," she added to the New York Daily News. "Anything could happen."


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New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Yan Lin holds a sign supporting New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady in front of NFL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Attorney Jeff Kessler, left, representing New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, arrives to NFL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A Tom Brady fan, center, wearing a "Free Tom Brady" T-shirt, takes a selfie outside NFL headquarters, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in New York. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Attorney Jeff Kessler representing New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, leaves the NFL headquarters Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, center, accompanied by NFL Players Association attorney Heather McPhee, arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A fan holds a Free Tom Brady sign before the start of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jon Barash)
ALLSTON, MA - MAY 29: Guests attend the Tom Brady Football Challenge for The Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port 2015 at Harvard Field on May 29, 2015 in Allston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Best Buddies)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: New England Patriots fans hold a sign at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally in support of their quarterback at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Lydia Bolger of Mansfield, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 24: A New England Patriots fan holds a 'Free Brady' sign during the eighth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on May 24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many Patriots fans disagree with quarterback Tom Brady's four game suspension as a consequence of his involvement in the 'deflategate' scandal (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Local Papa John's franchises supplied free pizza at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally in support for the New England Patriots quarterback at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: A New Englad Patriots fan shows his support for quarterback Tom Brady during the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 13: A fan hold ups a New England Patriots 'Free Tom Brady' sign during the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals at Chase Field on May 13, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: A New England Patriots fan shows support for quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Bianca Bullock of Tampa, Florida holds a sign in support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Paul Goodrow of Watertown, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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