When Beth Bugler from Sports Illustrated for Kids called to see if I was available to do a cover for their football issue I just happened to be showing my son how to draw the Patriots logo. The last time I had done a cover for SI Kids was about 7 years ago. Time heals all wounds I guess, and Beth was willing to give it another go. My enthusiasm wasn't diminished one bit when she said that they wanted ALL 32 TEAMS in the NFL represented as players on the cover.
32 people on one page.
As a rule, I like doing challenging things I've never done before. But 32 big football players crammed into the space below the magazine's logo, beside the headline and over the mailing label? Beth is a pleasure to work with and made it completely painless.
Then I remembered that most of my kid's friend's are SI Kids subscibers and that because of me my kids would be hailed as heroes once the issue came out and everyone knew who's art was on the cover. Or so I thought.
We happen to live in the same small New England town that the New England Patriots play in. The stadium is way over on the other side of town, but this time of year, when all the leaves have fallen, you can see the fireworks go off when something big happens at the stadium. Every Sunday is Halloween around here, with very large grown men wearing costumes of red and blue, in various states of sobriety, doing their best Braveheart imitation.
Pretty quiet in the ol' stadium last night, eh Dale?
ZimmNovember 26, 2007
Beth Bugler is the BEST!
Tim O\'BrienNovember 27, 2007
"Hello Tim, I'm the art director at ______ magazine. We are doing an article on the upcoming Football playoffs and want you to illustrate all the teams on the cov...HELLO? TIM? HELLOOOO?!"
I actually did those Rugby jobs because they started as more cropped in scenes and evolved into wide angel views. Good for you for taking this and knocking it out of the park, or through the goal posts.
harry CampbellNovember 27, 2007
Who's idea was it to put the F?#$%^!!!! Cowboys up front there? Where are the Ravens? That;s a heck of a lot of work my man. Hey, where are the tats? All those guys are inked up.
Still on the bike?
Greg NewboldNovember 27, 2007
Geez Dale, are you a masochist or what? I would have been clawing my eyeballs out with a dozen players left to go. You pulled it off though- nice job. (Guess I should know better but I don't either. I did the same sort of thing with my last kids book- a dozen different farm animals in every spread) Talk about counting sheep!
Peter CusackNovember 27, 2007
That last line is great! Great job on the cover. I like how you say that you enjoy doing things you've never done before. For me that used to be scary but now I actually feel the same way and it's been a big breakthru. Kudos!
Dale StephanosNovember 28, 2007
Thanks everyone. The great thing about meeting a challenge is that you've proven to yourself and everyone else that it can be done, and that you've done it...and you never have to again.
So from now on, nothing over 32 people on one page for me.