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photo courtesy of andy rohde


vanessa montano (she/her) is a metro-detroit based illustrator who focuses on quirky and fun work that consists of traditional inked lines and digital finishes. she has her bfa in illustration from the college for creative studies in detroit.  

vanessa has worked for many clients including harper collins, the los angeles times, henry ford health system, michigan united x aiga detroit, and the children’s book, “for those about to rock: a kid’s guide to 50 music legends.”

when not working on pieces, she enjoys petting her dog daisy, thinking about food 24/7, watching hilariously bad movies, gardening, and trying to collect all of the power moons in mario odyssey.

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honors & exhibitions

the best thing i’ve ever eaten | illustrators for hire | 2021

aiga post | aiga detroit x aiga toledo | 2020

the best thing i’ve ever drawn | illustrators for hire | 2020

| illustrators for hire | 2020

online exhibition | director’s pick | anton art center | 2020

fall fantasy
| black box gallery | 2019

members exhibition | whitdel arts | 2019

icon10 group show | red bull house of art | 2018

drinks x design | design core detroit | 2018

emerging artist award | the guild of artists and artisans | 2018

the bitters 2 | whitdel arts | 2018

detroit design festival | eastern market after dark | 2017

all images copyright © 2021 vanessa montano