I found this pencil study in an old sketchbook the other day… from over thirty years ago! It’s funny; kinda like finding a hundred-dollar bill in an old pair of shoes. Anyway, I scanned it in and splashed some digital color on it and voilà; a handsome, spot illustration… ready to grace the pages of “Bounty Hunter Rare Wines and Provisions.”
Beaming with pride, I emailed it to Julie, at BH. When I called her later she said, “Ummmm, It looks good… and I feel pretty sure we can use it but…” She paused and sounded embarrassed, “Well, I think you spelled Zinfandel wrong… You know, on the bottle?” I didn’t even have to look; I knew I’d spelled it “Zinfindel.” I apologized, feeling mortified and utterly deflated. I corrected it, in a self-effacing, rage and sent it back with more humble apologies. Before long, my pride and dignity resurfaced. I realized that I should stop beating myself up about it. I originally did this doodle back at a time when nobody around ‘dis neck O’da woods even knew what Merlow was. Let alone how to spell it.