Holly Sonser – ARTIST


Holly Sonser

Interview with artist Holly Sonser —

1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Holly Sonser, and I am a concept artist/illustrator!

2. Why art?
Art has always had a sense of magic to me. You can create whole worlds, characters, moods etc. and I think being able to translate that from an idea in your head onto paper is just amazing.



3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
Definitely as a kid when I would watch my mom paint. The idea of being an artist has always been an option, and was never discouraged by my family, which I’m sure helped me form my ideas of working in art.

A character study

A character study



4. What are your favourite subject(s) and media(s)?
Character and environment design are my favourite subjects to draw at the moment, however I’ve been trying hard to work outside of my comfort zones with prop and vehicle design. I typically use my Bosto graphics tablet, which has really let me explore more digital media and techniques. I also use an A4 sketchbook for figure studies, or just quick sketches.



5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I guess I’m a bit cautious. I love planning, lots of initial sketches really help me when trying to design things. I like being able to see as many possibilities before I settle on one design.

"Niabi" -Expressions sheet

“Niabi” -Expressions sheet

6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
This list could be endless. I mostly take inspiration from The artists I follow on Facebook and Tumblr like Brittany Myers, Ketan Patel, Meg Park and Elena & Olivia Ceballos. I don’t think I would be able to pick a favourite art piece, but anything by these artist are definitely an inspiration.


7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I think the comments/critiques I got from my teachers while attending Keyano College and Vancouver Animation School were some of the best. They’ve helped me grow as an artist and I still keep them in mind when designing.


8. What do you like about your work?
I like seeing the improvement that I’ve made over the past few years! I’m hoping I can continue to move forward and build my style with even more confidence.

"Wolf Land"

“Wolf Land”

9. What advice would you give to other artists?
I think it’s important to remember that art is a skill and not an inherent talent that people just happen to have. I think if you want to be an artist, you have to work at it.





10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I’m hoping to work more as a freelancer and hopefully land a job at a gaming or animation studio.



Holly Sonser

Holly Sonser



Website: www.hollysonserart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollysonserart