About the Artist
Sonja Howard - Creature Artist
I was raised in the wild Australian rainforest, where my imagination was set alight by the weird and wonderful creatures I grew up with. This fascination has stayed with me, inspiring me to create creatures of all shapes and sizes in the form of poseable sculptures which I have been selling since high school.
I graduated from the Australian Institute of Creative design in August 2017 as student of the year. They were kind enough to support me to compete internationally in makeup competitions, kickstarting my career and bringing me some truly incredible opportunities. I worked in the Australian Industry on a variety of projects including Screen Queensland short films and an Opera Queensland Performance, until I moved to New Zealand. I now work as a freelance artist making monsters, and as a contractor at Wētā Workshop.
I am passionate about the environment, and believe it is our responsibility to foster a more sustainable and equitable society. I am autistic, and have synesthesia (a condition where my brain interprets sounds, letters, and numbers as colours.) These differences have helped me throughout my life; they allow me to see things a little differently, and influence my artistry every day. It isn't always smooth sailing, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Outside of making monsters, my interests include Doctor Who, reading, and caring for animals. In Australia, I was a wildlife carer and had many animals. Unfortunately, NZ wasn't too keen on me bringing my snake or my colony of flesh eating beetles into the country... but my two dogs love it here!