News from Illustrator Michael Glenwood

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Greetings! It's been more than a year since I've sent out an update. Time flies when you're having a fun—and fun describes many of the assignments I've done recently. I've been busy overwhelmed with great assignments, interesting collaborations with art directors, and a little recognition from my peers. Here's a brief look. If you would like to see more work, check out my recently-updated website. Questions or inquiries? Contact me at 888.818.9811 or send me an email.

"Spotted In The Park" in Society of Illustrators 55

Spotted In The Park&#8212an illustration created for The New Yorker magazine's Blown Covers blog—was accepted into the Society of Illustrators annual juried show. It was on display in the Society's gallery in March, and will appear in the upcoming 55th Illustration Annual. It, along with two other Blown Covers illustrations, is also included in the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC's annual show (see below).

dalmatians illustration

Communication Arts Illustration Annual:
"America's Hidden Famine"

This piece, in the 2013 Communication Arts Illustration Annual, was created for the National Labor Federation's 2013 calendar, which features one illustration per month by a dozen illustrators. The subject of mine was the hidden epidemic of famine in America. Creating an illustration for the calendar has been an annual project for me for several years—I recently completed another, for next year's calendar (see below). The collaboration with art director Mike Petteys has been a winner, having won a number of awards over the years.

famine illustration

The Illustrators Club of Washington Annual Show

"Digital Moat" is one of six pieces selected for the Illustrators Club of Washington's annual juried show. I make an effort to include work commissioned by local art directors when I enter pieces in this show. One such art director is Roy Comiskey, whose enthusiasm for illustration is unmatched. This illustration, about the complexities faced by industry in keeping digital information secure, was for Security Management magazine.

moat illustration

The 16th annual IC exhibition will be at the Edison Place Gallery in Washington's gallery district. This year's panel of judges are well known names in the illustration field: SooJin Buzelli, art director for PlanSponsor and PlanAdviser; and illustrators John Hendrix, Anita Kunz, and Ellen Weinstein.
Opening reception: TH June 13, 6pm. Exhibition: 6/10/13-7/13/13 Gallery: 702 8th Street NWDC

Also included in The Illustrators Club of Washington's exhibition is "So Hot You Could Fry an Egg". It's one of three illustrations I did for The New Yorker magazine's Blown Covers blog that are included in the IC show. The subject of this piece was the hot weather due to global warming.
    About Blown Covers: Not long ago, Blown Covers—a New Yorker Magazine blog—had a weekly contest in which illustrators were given a The New Yorker-style "cover" theme, and had a week to complete it. The results were then judged by New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly, and Blown Covers' Nadja Spiegelman.

cook illustration

"Igloo" is the third Blown Covers illustration in The Illustrators Club of Washington's exhibition, along with "So Hot You Could Fry an Egg" and "Spotted In The Park." Like "So Hot" the subject was global warming. This piece was selected as the overall winner in that week's Blown Covers contest.

igloo illustration

Ratner Museum Group Show

I was among 8 artists invited to participate in a curated show at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD. The other participants were Sally Wern Comport, Greg Harlin, Sterling Hundley, Warren Linn, Robert Meganck, Whitney Sherman, and Rob Wood. And the idea: to show work by illustrators done not as assignments, but for other purposes. My artwork included personal pieces, work done for various handmade books, and several of the Blown Covers pieces—pieces that were given so much free rein that they became, in effect, personal pieces.

    Many of the pieces in the show were works I've previously exhibited and discussed, but others were more recent. "Back to School" is another Blown Covers illustration, and was, according to the museum's director, among the most commented-upon works in the show. It shows that first day back to school from a parent's perspective, and is a piece I had to explain to my two children using carefully chosen words.

school illustration

"Last Waltz" is a personal piece, an exploration of positive and negative space. The inspiration for the artwork, a rumination on existence and non-existence and on the fleeting nature of vitality and mortality, was the approaching death of a loved one as the date of Ratner show neared.

waltz illustration

Poster For Tomorrow: Gender Equality

Poster For Tomorrow is the main project of 4tomorrow, an independent, non-profit organization based in Paris. Its goal is to "encourage the design community to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all." The theme of the most recent competition was "Gender Equality." A jury of international designers selected 300 finalists out of thousands of posters submitted by artists from more than 80 countries. One of those was my entry, a piece that relies on use of color to convey its message. I take pride and find deep fulfillment in creating artwork that can create awareness or have an impact on issues that resonate with me; it is, to me, the most worthwhile use of one's artistic gifts. (See "Famine In America," above, and "Buy, Buy, Buy," below; also pro bono pieces.)

Equality illustration

Recent Work

Chasm Street, American School Board Association

This illustration accompanied an article about the disparity between wealthy school districts and poor ones, resulting in schools that are virtually across the street from each other, but having wildly different facilities, resources, and personnel. So close, yet so far away.

Editorial illustration

Uncle Santa, National Labor Federation

Recently created for the 2014 National Labor Federation's calendar. There is immense pressure to spend money at Christmas time, creating considerable stress for those living in poverty. I saw this as a statement on American consumerism, to the point of consumerism becoming a patriotic duty to keep the American economy moving.

Labor illustration

Same Day Delivery... Maybe  &nbsp

For a corporate publication on the sputtering start to same-day delivery service.

Corporate illustration, same day delivery

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Sometimes an illustration calls for coming up with an illustration within the illustration. While this didn't necessarily need a logo for the truck (there wasn't one in the sketch), I thought it would be a nice addition. So the logo is an arrow—formed by a sundial casting a shadow, and the sun.

Truck illustration

Nanobots, Harvard University, Wyss Institute

18" x 24" poster for a symposium on nanotechnology and therapeutics. The focus of the symposium is DNA-based nanorobots that self-assemble and find "target" cells, and, once found, engage in nanotherapeutic and diagnostic activity. This is the fourth in a series of posters I have done annually for Harvard symposiums on nanotechnology.

Harvard robot illustration

The robots are formed from "tubes" constructed from DNA strands. Since the parts self-assemble internally, my idea was to picture them as a kit with assembly instructions, within a biological landscape. The progression evolves from DNA strands in the upper left, to unassembled parts, to fully assembled robot, to miniaturized robot pinpointing a target cell.

Harvard robot illustration

Tenure, New Republic Magazine

For an article that discussed tenure, with an obvious nod to M. C. Escher. One of the problems with tenure is the inability to dismiss a tenured teacher whose career is going downhill.

New Republic illustration

Autumn Gothic, New Yorker's Blown Covers blog

Speaking of nods, here's a nod to Grant Wood, for a Blown Covers illustration whose theme was "Fall." While somewhat hard to tell at this size, the wife is wearing earplugs, which perfectly suits her distressed face. An earlier idea had the man holding a rake, which would have been a more faithful parody, but I was intrigued by the idea of how Fall has changed from the sublime to the irksome; from soothing, rhythmic sounds of raking and the smell of autumn leaves to the noisy, decidedly-unromantic removal of leaves by force. That jarring contrast was better summed up by the leaf blower.

Blown Covers Leaf Blower illustration

Futility, New Yorker's Blown Covers blog

Another "Fall" illustration, reflecting the futility of raking up every single leaf before new ones fall.

Blown Covers Leaves illustration

Futility, New Yorker's Blown Covers blog   Detail

Leaves illustration

Cashing Out, Milken Institute Review

This illustration accompanied an article describing how dictators haul cash out of the countries they rule—sometimes in suitcases—launder it, and then hide it in personal foreign bank accounts. The colored ribbons on the dictator's uniform are international currency.

Dictator illustration
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