The preview section for Ohio State’s 2011 football season was a difficult one to illustrate. During the off-season both the team’s star quarterback and coach had been banished for their roles in a free-tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal. Instead of featuring an unproven player or interim coach on the cover, we opted for a weathered bobblehead doll. I purchased a pristine version online and proceeded to rough him up with paint, cracks and a little bit of grass on the facemask. I worked with Dispatch photographer Jonathan Quilter in the studio to get just the right angle, depth of field and expression on our subject’s face.