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Morrissey
posted: October 1, 2012

My first real client as a freelancer was the Boston Phoenix. It was 1992 (I think) and I had been working for the Boston Herald for a few years doing editorial cartoons and the occasional op-ed illustration. I heard somwhere that a good way to get work was to take a story that had been printed with photographs and do an illustration showing how you would have approached the problem. Well, it worked and the Phoenix provided lots of fast turnaround jobs over the years. They recently did a full redesign from a newspaper format to a glossy magazine. Big improvement.
 
This was for an interview with Morrissey - the singer for The Smiths. He comes across as aloof and rather full of himself, so we thought the idea of playing off the McKayla Maroney meme would be amusing. She was the silver medal winning gymnast in the olympics who seemed quite ticked off that she could only pull off a second place. Keven Banks and Kristen Goodfriend art directed.
13 comments
Stephen Kroninger October 1, 2012
The hits just keep on comin'.
Richard Downs October 1, 2012
Nice work, Dale.
Victor Juhasz October 2, 2012
You're working magic here. What kind of reference did you find for the mouth action?
Mark Fisher October 2, 2012
Very strong cover Dale.
Ellen Weinstein October 2, 2012
The expression is priceless. Very nice, Dale!
Scott Bakal October 2, 2012
Great seeing your work around the neighborhood! Truth be told, I can't stand Morrissey or the Smith's but I love the art. Sweet job! You totally got him there.
Scott Bakal October 2, 2012
Great seeing your work around the neighborhood! Truth be told, I can't stand Morrissey or the Smith's but I love the art. Sweet job! You totally got him there.
Mark Hammermeister October 2, 2012
This is superb, Dale!
Adam McCauley October 2, 2012
Great piece Dale! You really nailed Morrissey, and I love his t-shirt too
Dale October 2, 2012
Thanks everyone. Victor, I used a mirror. I still use a mirror for a lot of reference, jumping back and forth between photo ref and my mug in the mirror. The family sees it and they think I'm insane. Scott, just between us, I tried to listen to Morrissey while I was working on this and I had to bail after 5 minutes. Not my cup of tea.
Harry October 2, 2012
Some of your best Dale. Great attitude and good to know that Morrissey is still a prick and hasn't softened like so many others. I dig the Smiths but most of Morrissey's solo stuff is fluff.
John Dykes October 10, 2012
Strong cover, Dale! Liked the Smiths in the early days.
Bob "Kooch" Coutu May 30, 2013
I bet he would make the same face if he saw this!...hahahaha... Awesome work!
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