We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Montaner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Illustrations are commonly seen as visual additions, but they are much more than that. Illustrations are a way of coding a piece of information, and this visual code can go beyond languages in some cases. If used correctly, they can be very useful as pieces of visual communication, and visual communication is very powerful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would say that I became an illustrator naturally since I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, and the process of becoming an illustrator was more of a result than a decision. It was not easy at all, and there were -and are- much more failures than successes, but the learning curve still motivates me. In addition to that, I discovered in the process that the act of finding an idea has something addictive, and the problem-solving process behind it really engages me. That’s probably why I work hard every day to solve the problem I’m asked to solve, and I try to do it by getting a certain balance between form and content.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely start the week in the Pyrenees, where it’s really easy to enjoy the mountain and find some great traditional food. Then I’d follow east to the coast, where wonderful beaches would be waiting for us to do some snorkeling and some seafood. Finally, I would go back to Barcelona to enjoy the city, its restaurants, and the streets for a couple of days.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Two very good friends with whom it all began: Miguel Porlan and Magoz, and my closest family to support me unconditionally.