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Santa Clara, CA-Like her favorite NFL team, Rita Carvalho didn’t expect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to stay in the San Francisco 49ers so deeply during the off-season. But for Carvalho, Garoppolo’s long stay in the Gulf turned her compliment on social media into her love labor.

Love for Garoppolo. Love for the Nainers. Love for her boyfriend. Above all, love for art. All in all, coupled with major league lockout and inspiration from the world of pop culture, Carvalho, a 25-year-old artist living in Porto, Portugal, began drawing Garoppolo every day until the 49ers traded him.

When she made that decision on February 3, Carvalho, as in most cases, believed that it might mean a drawing for a month or two. After Garoppolo’s right shoulder surgery, the entire free agent period, the NFL draft, and the off-season program, Carvalho is accustomed to drawing Garoppolo, so he can do it from muscle memory.

Saturday was Carvalho’s 150th day, but it’s not yet clear when the end will come.

“I thought he would be traded sooner,” Carvalho said with a laugh. “I started working on something until the end, but I stopped because I had to keep drawing every day.”

Garoppolo’s status and the promotion of Trey Lance to start the quarterback after being selected in the first round of the 2021 draft were the points of constant debate this offseason, but Carvalho’s paintings are speculative. Provided a pleasant rest. Carvalho’s digital drawings on the iPad using the Apple Pencil and a program called “Procreate” portray Garopolo in a variety of pop culture settings, with guest appearances from teammates, coach Kyle Shanahan, and general manager John Lynch. I often do.

The feedback on these paintings was very positive. Carvalho and her boyfriend Filipe Sousa have created a shop where customers can buy T-shirts, hoodies, prints and coffee mugs along with their favorite paintings.

According to Carvalho, one of the most popular is a painting inspired by the “Lion King” showing Garoppolo at the spot in Rafiki, which holds Lance in the role of Simba. Another favorite is a homage to “Titanic” where Garoppolo and tight-end George Kittle replace Rose and Jack in front of the fateful ship. And finally, the ode to “Dirty Dancing,” where you can see Shanahan holding Garoppolo in his head, went well.

Garoppolo looked at the pictures and got a kick from them.

“Rita, I’m really grateful,” Garoppolo told ABC7 TV in San Francisco. “It’s really cool, it’s just its uniqueness. We’ll see how much you have to draw.”

Drawing Garoppolo every day may seem like a daunting task, but his protracted situation has made it a daily staple for Portuguese-born Carvalho and Susa. In some respects it strengthened their relationship. It’s perfect because it was Sousa who introduced Carvalho to American football, 49ers and Garoppolo.

The pair started dating two years ago. At the time, Sousa was already a 49ers fan after catching a random match in the early 2010s and investigating the team after the match. He sent her to Garoppolo as a way to get her Carvalho invested in her passion for the Nainers.

“He was like,’I think you’ll love this player,'” Carvalho said. “And he introduced me to Jimmy because he was handsome, so he wanted him.”

Sousa was right and the couple started following the 49ers together. Although there is an eight-hour time difference between Pacific time and Porto, Carvalho and Sousa often stay up late to watch the game. For prime-time games, they record it, block all communication with the outside world, and watch a spoiler-free game the next day.

Shortly after Garoppolo said goodbye at a post-season Zoom press conference in early February, Sousa told Carvalho that the Nainers were preparing to trade Garoppolo. Carvalho studied art in high school and graduated from ESAD University of the Arts in Matosinhos, Portugal in 2021. To dig deeper into her art, she calls it a “gap year.”

As a devout reader and participant on the 49ers Reddit page, Sousa suggested that Carvalho draw a picture of Garoppolo and post it on Reddit. There was no special inspiration in the first painting, other than a tribute to what he did for the Nainers. It was an overwhelmingly positive reaction. Inspired by baseball fans who drew Mike Trout every day during the MLB lockout, Carvalho decided to draw Garoppolo every day until he was traded.

Soon, more painting suggestions came in. Many fans from the United States have reached out, but the solicitation is global. Carvalho receives notes with encouragement and ideas, especially from France, Germany, Ireland and Australia. These suggestions are welcomed as the generation of ideas has become the most time consuming aspect of this journey.

Almost every night, 28-year-olds Carvalho and Sousa sit down to brainstorm ideas and dig deeper into pop culture and current events. It’s no coincidence that most of those pop culture ideas are based on American shows and movies. A big fan of painting inspired by “Philadelphia is always sunny” and “deadly weapons,” Sousa said that shows, music, movies, and even most of the internet memes are just as popular in Portugal. rice field.

Once the pair comes up with an idea, discuss the different aspects of the drawing that Garoppolo fits into and how to add your own spin to be recognized as your own brand.

“It really connected us even more because it’s what we’re talking about every day today,” Sousa said. “That’s what we have to share …. I’m very proud of her.”

Often the drawing is done once a day, but occasionally Carvalho knocks out a handful and sends it over the phone daily. Each rendering can take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the rendering. Like other artists, Carvalho has moments when things aren’t clicked and may need to leave. But she always comes back, and she tries to do them all at once.

Carvalho is now drawing Garoppolo many times, so he was essentially able to blindfold. The venture gave her a lot of practice for her dream profession. She, of course, pays special attention to Garoppolo’s famous chin line and her eyebrows, but several other Niners like Kittle, receiver Deebo Samuel, and full-back Kyle Juszczik also she. It is said that it can be drawn from the memory of the muscles of.

“I really want to be an artist. This year I just tried to get my art out there,” Carvalho said. “And this was a good way to get feedback and start building a portfolio …. I don’t expect these great people to send me a message that they love my art last year. I am very grateful. I can do my art every day. “

It is not yet known how long Carvalho will do this. Garoppolo is scheduled to be cleared in early July to resume pitching and may move soon. Shanahan recently reiterated that after returning from his shoulder surgery, Garoppolo expected to be “most likely to be traded.”

Of course, this raises the question of what Carvalho was planning for the Grand Finale.

“People really expect something big in the end,” Carvalho said. “You can’t be disappointed.”