Guest Bio: Andrea Montano
Andrea Montano is an illustrator who is dedicated working with clients and companies all over the world to create colorful, professional artwork
The Prosperity Dimension™ 006: Show Notes
She is a passionate artist who practices a type of illustration called Manga. Manga originates from Japan and means “Comic Book” or “Cartoonist”. She is originally from Colombia, but moved to the United States and continued her interest in Manga while attending high school at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
“(My parents) understood that I liked that and they placed me in different art classes; that’s what I always wanted to be, was an artist. It was very clear to me when I was a very young person.”
Nicole notes that Andrea is able to bring her characters to a new level, with a new texture. With very little direction, Andrea was able to make Nicole’s visions of her characters come alive.
Andrea shares that there are things that her clients can do to make the process of designing characters smooth and clear.
“As long as you have something in mind and I can see details, it doesn’t have to be a dictionary of details, it could be something like three of four or five sentences of this is my idea.”
She also says that as a professional, she works with her clients to ensure that the audience can identify and relate to the characters. Understanding simply what the character is about is very important to the audience.
“You can have the most detailed character in the universe, but if the audience doesn’t know who that is, then they are going to say that is a beautiful drawing but I can’t connect. It’s all about connections.”
Andrea has some advice to beginners to help them be more successful. She mentions to be present online, have a website with contact information that is clear and easy. Finding other artists through groups online is great for encouragement, but it is also a great way to network and get your name out there.
Nicole was drawn to Andrea because of the way she drew women. Andrea believes it is all in the details and decisions that go into building a character. She says you really have to know the personality of the character in order to get all the details incorporated. The personality shows in the character’s hair, eyes, clothing, facial expressions and in many other areas.
“I just do my best to have an illustration that you can be proud of.”