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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.

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

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

– Aristotle

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– E.B. White

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

– Carl Rogers

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– Edgar W. Howe

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

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

– Steven Schussler

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– Francesca Reigle

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Louisa May Alcott

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

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

– T.S. Eliot

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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"

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey