#15 Challenge & Spirit

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Several months ago I discovered a fantastic website about everything ITALIAN. That side of my heritage is most likely where I get my artistic talent and most surely my temper. (The other half is German which is probably why I’m a designer rather than a sculptor or painter, and very glad I am.)

 
They say you’re either Italian or you love Italian! So this wonderful website is for all you Italians and those who wish you were:

 www.italialiving.com

While perusing this beautiful and informative site, I came to a very heartfelt note by the website’s founder, Richard J. Michelli, that his brother Raymond, 36 years old, had just passed away. He was challenged by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and confined to a wheelchair most of his life.
 
Then I read the sentence that tore my heart out, as it reminded me of some of my own friends who were physically challenged:

“Raymond was admired for his enduring resolve to transcend his limitations and live each moment to the fullest, as he put a smile on the face of everyone he met.” Each and every attribute applies to those friends I know personally who are so accepting, so persevering, so full of spirit in spite of their debilitating challenge. I need look no further, I realized, than the words posted by Raymond’s friends, as well as his obituary, to create my AmperArt tribute. Every single word on this piece is taken verbatim from those sources.

February, with its celebration of Valentines Day and Presidents Day, is the month of love, courage and determination. With those values in mind, I honor the incredible spirit of physically challenged individuals, in the form of my latest AmperArt piece, “Challenge & Spirit.”

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#10 Crazy & Different

AmperArt #10 Crazy & Different


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Upon reading of Steve Jobs’ passing, I felt almost the same way as I did on December 15, 1966…

As I was folding papers for my paper route, the headline caught my eye:

WALT DISNEY DIES

I went numb and cried. Both Disney and Jobs were visionaries, creative geniuses, demanding perfectionists, and they both died much too young.

My first laptop was the very first Titanium G3–it couldn’t even burn a cd, it was such an early model. (I’ve since learned to wait for version 2 or 3.) I was so proud of that thing. It was the ultimate in stylish design. I didn’t even care if there was a computer inside the case, it was just beautiful to look at. That’s what I appreciate most about Steve–he made everything with class, from the way it works to the way it looks and feels, even down to the marketing and advertising.

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M-I-C… See how insanely great this world is today.

K-E-Y…Why? Because of visionary genius.

After Walt passed away the company stumbled for awhile, but the “cast members” and fans of Disney have so much soul that they got it back on its feet. We’ll always wonder what else Walt would have created had he lived longer, and surely we wonder that about Steve. But just like Disney, Apple has such a strong desire to be a class act and produce class products, supported by its incredibly loyal fans, that Steve would probably be proud of what his people continue to invent and polish.

I designed this poster honoring Steve Jobs, as a special edition in my AmperArt poster series.

The words are straight from of one of Steve’s speeches.

No doubt Walt and Steve are thinking up the next insanely great idea in visionary heaven.


Production notes:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches
Program: Photoshop (coulda used Illustrator—probably started out as an entirely different concept for which Photoshop would be required)
Font: Myriad (Apple’s marketing font family)
Ampersand: Myriad, sans one delicious byte