Meet artist Alberto Montt, designer of new tee Unscrewed Owl!
Hey Alberto! Thanks for doing an interview with us. How about a quick introduction about yourself? Tell us who you are and what you do!
I'm a Chilean illustrator. I work mostly on graphic projects such as book illustration, publicity, and cartoons.
What’s the art scene like in Chile? Have you ever spotted any Threadless t-shirts there?
Chile is a small country with nearly 17 million people. Even though the art scene is growing and very active, it’s still a very limited market compared to other Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina, or Mexico. I knew what Threadless was because I started seeing nice tees around Chile. I decided to ask where those came from, then I was one click away! I became a compulsive collector :)
You are known for a daily comic strip you’ve been publishing every day since 2006 called Dosis diarias—could you tell us a little bit more about that project and how it started?
I was a little tired of illustrating for other people. I needed a place to reconnect with the things that made me fall in love with drawing. A place for doing stuff for myself. That’s why I started my blog. I just wanted a place to play with "stupid" ideas and images again. Now Dosis diarias has become bigger than I expected, getting more than 100K views per post.
How does it feel to share your art with the world?
It is amazing to see how similar to other people we are. Sometimes I draw an idea that I think is bizarre or personal that wouldn't be appreciated by someone else and I am always surprised of how many people connect with it. I guess the best part of sharing is to be able to connect with others. Also having a voice, a place to comment or be able to say things.
Congratulations on your first print, Unscrewed Owl; what was your inspiration for this? Could you share any process photos with us?
This was an idea I had a few years ago. It was first published in my blog. Like almost everybody else, I have always found the way owls turn their heads around pretty disturbing. I remember thinking as a child, "It's gonna come out!" The idea was there, i'm sure lots of people must have thought the same.
Do you have a favorite Dosis Diarias entry?
I have many. I have a special love for one I did many years ago that became so viral on the internet that I actually keep receiving variations, translations, and copies from people. It's about a broccoli, a nut, and a mushroom talking. It became so popular and nobody ever linked it to my page. I even tried to start "Dosis diarias" in English so people could have the real version of it, but it didn't last too long.
How do you stay creative? It must be hard to come up with a new idea every day.
I guess most people have very good ideas every day, I just draw them. It is my way of saving those images. Kind of like a polaroid photo taken in my brain at that specific moment. Sometimes I don't have the time to draw a daily strip and I can feel those ideas piling up waiting to get out. It is like an ideas exorcism :)
I’ve noticed you like to experiment with different styles. How would you define your style?
I always try to find new ways to say things with my drawings. I keep a sketchbook with me all the time so I can capture things that call my attention. Watching how other people do things and being very curious must be part of it.
Are you currently working on any new projects?
Right now I’m finishing a small limited collection for "PUMA Latinoamérica" which includes a couple of shoes, a skateboard, and a hoodie. I’m also finishing my first graphic novel.
Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
You won't be able to get rid of me :)
Any last words or shout outs?
I really hope people enjoy my design and see the humor in it. Watching things from a different point of view is my favorite kind of freedom.
You can pick up Alberto’s new design, Unscrewed Owl, today!