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Michael Gibbs, Michael Gibbs Illustration & Design

ILLUSTRATION + DESIGN

Michael Gibbs is the designer of Be Inkandescent Magazine and the PR website, Inkandesent Public Relations, and Inkandescent Networking.

An award-winning designer and illustrator, he has been freelancing for some of the nation’s most well-known publications and companies since attending Pratt Institute as a photography and illustration major in the mid-70’s.

His artwork has appeared in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Worth Magazine, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, and publications for United Airlines, Verizon, IBM, Sears, American Airlines, CitiGroup and Oracle.

He has also illustrated the covers and features of dozens of alumni magazines including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago and American University.

His illustrations have been recognized by prestigious art publications such as Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Print, and Spectrum. His work has also been exhibited at a variety of museums and galleries including the Society of Illustrator’s Museum of American Illustration in New York City, the Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, and in the Washington area at the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Sumner School Museum, Montgomery College Gallery and the University of Maryland Gallery.

View Michael’s portfolio at www.michaelgibbs.com.
Discover his award-winning alter ego M Glenwood at www.mglenwood.com.

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton