Portrait: Illustrator Michael Gibbs

Michael Gibbs has been a freelance illustrator since the early ’80s. After majoring in architecture for a year at the University of Maryland, he attended Pratt Institute as a photography major, switching to illustration in his final year.

Michael’s style has evolved from traditional painting to a unique blend of traditional and digital techniques, with frequent forays into purely digital illustration. He was an early devotee of the Macintosh, Photoshop and digital illustration, and has been using the Mac and Photoshop since shortly after they were introduced in 1984. His work has been featured in books on illustration and design skills, including Information Graphics and Visual Clues [Rockport Press] and Step-by-Step Graphics.

Clients include magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Worth Magazine, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, Diablo, Chicago’s NorthShore magazine and InfoWorld; corporations such as Wachovia, United Airlines, Verizon, IBM, Sears, American Airlines, CitiGroup and Oracle; institutions including Johns Hopkins, the IMF, BET, American University, and World Bank; publishers like Harper Collins, Dell Books, TOR Books, Ziff-Davis and Random House; newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York TImes, The Hartford Courant, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and The Bermuda Royal Gazette; and associations such as the American Federation of Teachers, ULLICO, American Society of Industrial Security, The American Bankers Association, and many others. He has also done posters for theater, notably the Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, The Virginia Opera, and the Pittsburgh Opera. His artwork was also used for the logo of SenArt Films, producers of such films as The Station Agent and Fog of War.

His illustrations have received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrator of Los Angeles, 3×3 Magazine Illustration Annual, Print, American Illustration, Spectrum Annual of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The Illustrators Club of Washington, the IABC, the Addies, and others. He was honored with a Spectrum Gold Medal award in 2004, and multiple Silver Addy awards in 2005 for his posters for the Pittsburgh Opera. He has won a number of “Best of Category” and silver awards from the Ilustrators Club of Washington DC.

He is a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, and serves on its Board of Directors, and was the chairman of the Club’s show committee for four years. He is also a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. He served as a juror in the 42nd Society of Illustrators exhibition, joining 8 other illustrators and designers in judging the advertising illustration category

In addition to the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, his work has been exhibited in the Society’s annual travelling show, and at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia College, and in juried group exhibitions at the Sumner School Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Washington, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and the Design Center in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2005, his work was included in the Spectrum Best of Spectrum Sci-Fi/Fantasyshow at the Society of Illustrators.

He can be contacted at 703 502-3400 or by e-mail at mike@michaelgibbs.com.