Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sifting Satellites From Stars

A friend of mine was recently downsized out of a job. You might know somebody in the same position, there are plenty of them out there. This particular friend of mine happens to be a pretty smart guy with an industrial-strength work ethic. For the last few months he's been topping off 10-hour work days by studying for an MBA. Glutton for punishment, I guess.

So, while the unexpected retirement may have long-term positive effects on his grades, he hasn't really slowed down. He started a daily blog to document his journey through unemployment, online education and, as it happens, poetry. And that's where this all ties together.

This illustration is based on a poem from his blog. I thought it might be a fun experiment to read those poems and use them as a springboard for illustrations. Challenging too...because half the time I don't know what the guy is talking about. Anyway, this is my own spin on his poem. Not sure what he had in mind when he wrote it.

If you feel like following along to see whether or not my friend eventually gets that MBA and lands the new, high-paying job he deserves (or ends up destitute and starving) feel free to follow his blog, Unemployment and Poetry. And if you just want to read the poem this illustration is based on, it's called crime scene. -v

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