A Melburnian born and bred, Sonia Kretschmar grew up with the belief that pictures make life just that little bit more interesting. This drew her (pun intended) to a career as a full-time illustrator – although she is now a part-time design teacher as well. One of her many claims to fame, Sonia was an Archibald Prize finalist in 2011. On top of that, she has also tackled picture books with topics as diverse as Vincenzo Bellini and WWI; illustrated covers for Penguin, Harper Collins and Walker Books; and is a whiz at dreaming up the most enchanting of ideas from the barest of information. Her work combines a variety of traditional and digital techniques and she is always keen to experiment. When her busy life allows, she loves to travel the world and she’s a total sucker for nature and animals.
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What's the most important object in your studio?
Paper or Plastic?
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
I’m illustrating a book at the moment about the composer Vincenzo Bellini, who was apparently quite a heartthrob in his day; I would dearly love to get some decent reference shots of him before dessert.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Completely owning up to the fact that I am a bit of a forgetful dimwit.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
Do you make up these questions, Jacky Winter? Or do they write ‘em down for you?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
None. He’s a hoarder.
Favourite client so far?
How Magazine, Penguin Books
Favourite imaginary client?
How does your mother describe your profession?
Coffee or tea?
C O F F E E
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Drawing a duck at the age of four, which literally sealed my fate.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Up to my neck in bubbles.
Sonia on the JW blog
Sonia Kretschmar for Spectrum (The Age)
Sonia Kretschmar for Brisbane’s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’