Many blessings upon the editors who sometimes let you fly with an idea! Tim Clancy was just that Editor-in-Chief, and he really let me run with this one.
The Glitch Happens article that appeared in the October 2007 Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers magazine was written by Dee Giffin Flaherty and Philip D. Flaherty, and they told some wonderfully descriptive stories that screamed out to me for very specific artwork.
I labored mightily trying to find the right clip art since there was no budget for photo shoots. At the time, CRM was part of Alloy Education and I was taking the train from Kenosha to the Loop every day. I digested daily news on the way to the office in the morning, and the homeward, evening rides were long, marvelous bits of time that proved very productive for my extracurricular activities.
It was on one such train ride home that I pulled out some scrap paper, and started sketching. Here are the sketches with the passages from the article that inspired them:
Were someone to ask me, “What’s the most fun you’ve ever had at work?” These illustrations are in the top 5.
Someday maybe I’ll tell you the story about Nancy and the Desktoppers—that was fun too.