The Illustrated Pursuit (Page 1)
In June I spoke at TechTown, a business incubator project associated with Wayne State University that’s working to create a next generation entrepreneurial environment in Detroit. This event featured the illustration work of Stephanie Crowley and Jim Nuttle, artists with The Clearing, a company specializing in “the use of communication design techniques for complex problem solving”. Also contributing to the drawings was Tashif Turner, an art student at Wayne State University.
The folks at The Clearing refer to Stephanie and Jim as “graphic recorders”, which is a literal description of the function they provide at business meetings and other public events, providing a type of “visual minutes” in support of a meeting or presentation. In my opinion, Stephanie, Jim and Tashif also deserve credit as talented comic artists with appealing styles and an amazing ability to spontaneously create illustrations that complement the meaning and purpose of the presentation being given. Keep in mind that these images were improvisationally created by drawing on a whiteboard as I spoke!
If there were to be comic book versions of The Pursuit of Happyness or Start Where You Are, I imagine they might look something like this. (I’ve got a lot of projects on my plate, so don’t count on that any time soon!)
We’ve added a second page with enlarged details of some of the art.
The first image does not refer to my story, but rather is a summary of TechTown’s mission and that of the “FastTrac’ to the Future” event at which I spoke.
The following images explore themes that should be familiar to those who’ve read The Pursuit of Happyness. Click on any of the images to go to another page that features enlarged details of the artwork.