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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.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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"

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– William James

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

– Gandi

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Charles Dickens

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– T.S. Eliot

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

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

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– Aristotle

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Lord Chesterfield

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake