Hi, I am Jane. I am a senior creative currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Design, Illustration, Art and Photography are my greatest passion, and I love them as a means to bring stories and characters to life. To create my work, I work both digitally and traditionally. Besides using my computer, I draw with colour pencils, graphite, inks and watercolours or often mix everything together.

I have worked internationally as a designer and illustrator for over 20 years, and I am highly experienced in brand development and spacial/visitor experience design (mostly for museums, visitor centres or events). I have lived in Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand, worked for boutique design agencies and clients directly (local and overseas) and ran my own design studio and art gallery with offices in Germany and Hong Kong.

My illustrations are influenced by my love for quirky characters, mangas and comics, monsters, big eyes big heads, dots, tentacles, old people’s faces, art deco and halftone patterns. You can find more of my character designs and doodles here on my www.pixiepencil.com page.

I am also an absolute nature lover, environment protector, sea kayaker and forest hiker. Therefore I love to paint and photograph animals and the environment with pencils or watercolour to highlight and raise awareness of the beautiful world we live in. My handcrafted works are regularly featured in exhibitions, and I also sell it them as art-prints in my Etsy Shop.

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EXHIBITIONS

2019 – Estuary Arts Gallery – Tutors exhibtion, Auckland

2018 – Selected artist for the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition

2017 – Thievery Studios, Auckland

2017 – Treelines – Botanical Gardens, Auckland

2014 – Damina Gallery – Group exhibition, Hong Kong  

2012 – SDA Skate Deck Art, Beijing

2009 – ufo artgallery – Opening exhibition, Hong Kong

2008 – Deutsche Bank, Germany

2008 – Bedürfnisanstalt – Group exhibition with ‘Wondertom’, Germany

AWARDS

2016 – Red Awards Sushi Ninja Express Illustrations

2015 – Best Design finalist Annual Report for thl

2014 – Best Design finalist Brand Development AKL Kindergarten

2014 – Gold Award Annual Report Hallenstein Glassons

PUBLICATIONS

2012 – Book of Japan – ‘Jane Black’ illustrated story

2010 – Low Art Magazin – Featured artist

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