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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 great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Louisa May Alcott

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– William James

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

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

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

– Thomas Edison

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Christopher Morley

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

– William Butler Yeats

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– Steve Jobs

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– Carl Rogers

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Robert Frost

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers