Vicki Saulls is a sculptor currently living in New York. She has had a varied career from sculpting and model making for museums, aquariums and parks, to prototypes for the toy & collectibles industry, to awarded public art commissions, to sculpting character maquettes for CG live-action and animated feature and short films. Some of her feature film screen credits include “Horton Hears A Who!”, “Rio” & “Rio2”, “Epic”, “Ferdinand”, “Spies In Disguise” & “Evolution”.
Born in Idaho and raised in the northwest, Georgia and California, Vicki Saulls began sculpting at an early age. Graduating with a degree in Art from University of California at Santa Cruz she left off any serious career pursuits for a number of years till an extended adventure on the high seas helped her formulate her artistic direction. Returning to San Francisco, where she resided the 20 years following, Vicki embarked on a career as a museum model maker and sculptor for natural history museums, aquariums and parks, and where her mostly anonymous work can still be viewed today at such venues as Monterey Bay Aquarium, Yosemite National Park, Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City and the National Museum of Natural History in Taichung, Taiwan. From this work she easily transitioned to freelance sculpting for similar institutions, as well as awarded commissions as a public artist with many sculptures permanently installed in such locations across San Francisco as Union Square and Golden Gate Park. Moving to New York in 2005, she joined Blue Sky Studios’ sculpting team on Horton Hears A Who! and continued on sculpting character maquettes for their many development projects, feature and short films. As Lead Sculptor, Vicki’s maquettes helped to further the directors’ and character designers’ vision dimensionally and the characters themselves along the pipeline to realization in Blue Sky’s animated films. She has been a member of Women in Animation since 2010 and in 2017 had the honor of being invited into membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch where she continues to play an active role. After Blue Sky Studios’ closing in 2021, Vicki has worked for Netflix Animation on an unannounced animated feature as well as freelance sculpted for other studios and looks forward to what projects and collaborations the future may hold.