One of the most satisfying things is seeing your own art in print, better than you expected it would turn out. Some times it goes the other way. I've done work that, when it is published, makes me sick to my stomach to see how wretched the thing looks in a book or magazine.
This, happily, is a case of the former.
Nearly 3 years ago, circa summer of 2012, I went through a period of producing small inked pieces on claybord (similar to scratchboard, except you start with a clean white surface that you can then ink on, and scratch that ink out, which I love). They were usually an attempt at a vintage flavor with mustached men. Some were from my head, others inspired or referenced from old photographs. On a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Science, there was an exhibit on race, where I discovered the amazing noggin of Franz Boas. I snapped a shot with my phone, later sketching from it in a cafe, then inking it at home.
It was a big hit to everyone I showed it to. Likely the most popular of that series I called "Inklings" (which is not original in any way, mind you). A coworker/friend bought several of them, including this one.
Recently, I was contacted by an old art director, Peter Grundy, who asked to buy rights to use it, and potentially others in the series, on the labels of products he would be producing at his new distillery business. What a huge honor. Seeing my art displayed so well- that really has an appealing quality.
This seriously made my day... and I'm still gushing about it, so it continues to make my day. Cheers to Anvil Distillery on knocking this one out of the park!
You can see some of my other "Inklings" in the section so named on this site (top menus).