I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Montana Forbes

Montana Forbes

About
Impressions
Interview

Training


Montana is a self-taught artist and studied Visual Communications at university, where she became interested in graphic design and the use of multi media.

Approach


Researching and collecting visual references of a subject matter is the first part of her approach. After getting together a pool of ideas she starts doodling and sketching in pencil. Later on, Photoshop is used to develop and tweak the image, and to apply the colour.

Style


Montana has a clear, minimal, pared-back style. Her aim is to capture a timeless sensibility in her images, and one that people can easily relate to.
Question: Highlights of the last 12 months? Montana: Creating my own t-shirts and being asked to participate in an upcoming fashion exhibition in Berlin this summer. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Montana: Yes, a BA degree in Visual Communications from AIU (American Intercontinental University). Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Montana: I live in the north west of London, it is every city rolled into one and personally no other can match its individuality. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Montana: It’s a converted 2nd bedroom with wooden floors. It has a work-station (computer, printer and scanner), various books/magazines/artwork along one wall and a chaise longue and easel along the opposite wall. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Montana: The female anatomy, fashion and other artists. Question: How do you get your ideas? Montana: Browsing through magazines, galleries and taking long walks around London. Question: Do you collect anything? Montana: Shoes, books, music, magazines, feathers and leaves in the autumn.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Montana: Of sorts, in virtual form and tear outs from magazines. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Montana: Illustrating current 'fashion icons' (legendary) Iris Apfel and (blogger) Tavi for Hong Kong based Milk-X magazine. Question: What would be your dream job/commission. Montana: Working/collaborating with fashion labels and creating some artwork for fashion magazine covers. Question: Who are your art heroes? Montana: Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Mark Rothko and Gauguin. Question: Who are your design heroes? Montana: Zaha Hadid (architecture) and Stella McCartney (fashion). Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Montana: An art editor for a fashion magazine. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Montana: Quirky and inquisitive. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Montana: I would do a mini world tour. Visit friends, explore vintage stores, art galleries and go out dancing.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Allergen Plastic Surgeons, BBC TV, Benefits Cosmetics, Elle Magazine, Filofax, Financial Times Newspaper, Gap, Marie Claire Magazine, Random House Publishers, Target , Wella

Favourites
Café: Brunch at Smiths Of Smithfield
Gallery: FIG Fashion Illustration Gallery
Art Equipment/Tool: HB pencils, charcoal and my Mac
Food: Thai Fusion
Drink: Coffee and Wine at Borough Market
Shop: Vintage from Marshmellow Mountain
 
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