I was honored that Joe Gilland used several of my illustrations, designs and film frames in his book Elemental Magic: The Classical Art of Hand Drawn Animation. I enjoyed writing the foreword for the book. The last sentence of my foreword is:
"I hope that the wealth of knowledge and gorgeous artwork contained within these pages will ignite passion within the hearts of young animators, and will encourage a whole new generation to carry on the swirling, smoking and sparkling torch of classical effects animation."
And because of it, Joe asked me to draw a "swirling, smoking and sparkling torch of classical effects animation" to go with the text. Sort of a signature piece.