RGIII Digital Portrait Image via @queink

 There is a long list of casualties made possible by the NHL lockout, but here is one few would have expected — a digital portrait artist’s ambitions.

Silvia Cook, from Gloucester, Va., almost exclusively draws hockey players, spending in the ballpark of 100 hours to painstakingly capture every facial detail of Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, and other players — current and former — throughout the league.

But the NHL lockout shifted her focus to someone else, a fellow named Robert Griffin III, the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Her art community fans reacted with shock as they learned she drew someone other than a hockey player for once.

Cook didn’t cut corners on her first football player. She spent 141 hours and 16 minutes on the portrait, unveiling it shortly before Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys. It was the longest she’s spent on any of her images.

Cook, 23, goes by the name Que-ink on art sites like deviantART and Tegaki E. She’s been drawing for 14 years, including portraits for the last eight. She often hosts livestreams while she’s working.

As long as the NHL lockout continues, Cook doesn’t plan on drawing any more hockey players. With that, her next big project is drawing the captain or MVP of the Super Bowl. Just imagine the time she’ll save if that happens to be RGIII.

Cook’s livestream.


Ben Sumner works in the Post’s IT department and writes for Capitals Outsider.