Young artist posts wildly realistic sketch of Maple Leafs’ Tavares


There is a rising star in the hockey art world and she’s a 19-year-old from Scotland.

Rebecca Thomson gained some exposure earlier this summer for her realistic sketch of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup and she was back at it again this week, posting an impressive rendering of Toronto Maple Leafs centre John Tavares.

People within the Maple Leafs organization liked the drawing so much that the team’s official Twitter account replied to Thomson’s post with an emoji round of applause and a message that read, “Looks amazing, Rebecca!

In a follow-up tweet, Thomson explained that the drawing took her 50 hours to complete.

“I really found my interest in art when I began [attending hockey games] around five years ago,” Thomson, who has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, wrote in her bio on her website. “I decided to try drawing a portrait of one of the players. I’d never drawn a ‘realistic portrait’ before this point but instantly fell in love with it. Since then I’ve self-taught myself to draw portraits, specializing in drawing sports people, still mainly hockey players and some golfers.”

You can check out Thomson’s portfolio on her official website, but also take a gander at a few of her recent sketches of NHL stars below.


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