UTNE Reader
posted: September 6, 2011

Back in late June as I was doing my vacation preparation version of the helicopters and sauce scene from Goodfellas, an email from  UTNE Reader's Stephanoe Glaros chimed in asking if I was available to do a cover. The subject would be sex in the 21st century. I loved the idea of having skin mag pioneer and pajama king Hugh Hefner being appalled by what the kids are doing online these days. Hefner's face is to caricaturists what Playboy used to be to 14 year old boys: A gift from God that keeps on giving. Or so I'm told. During my research (I only looked at Playboy for Hefner's wrinkly face) I was struck by how quaint Playboy's aesthetic is.
So, after agreeing to the job I dragged along the Cintiq and spent leisurely evenings on the Vineyard working to the sounds of waves beyond the dunes, children laughing in the summer breeze and the tapping of wine glasses.
This issue came out a couple of weeks ago. Thanks again to Stephanie for the fun gig.
Given the tone and subject matter I felt that my natural gravitational pull towards a MAD magazine sensibility would work....

Victor Juhasz September 6, 2011
Very impressive Dale. Just the right amount of nicotine coloring in his teeth as well.
Tim OBrien September 6, 2011
Cintiq on the Vineyard. Now that is luxury. Nice one Dale.
Robert Saunders September 7, 2011
Ha! Great portrait, I like the brown teeth.
Marc September 7, 2011
Fun portrait, Dale. I watched an old Larry Sanders episode the other day while working and Hef was a guest--he doesn't seem to have aged much since then, though he's looked long-in-the-tooth since I was a kid. A relic of a bygone era.
Dale September 7, 2011
Thanks Vic, Hef has a face that looks like you could have created. Tim, you're right, but a bigger luxury would have been no Cintiq. Thanks Robert! Thanks Marc, Hef is the original Mad Man. I always find him fascinating. He's so life like.
Jim Paillot September 8, 2011
Dale, I saw this at the bookstore and it stopped me in my tracks. Really nice cover!