Janie Secker

Though I work in a digital medium, I love to add hand-painted elements to provide texture. I’m truly enchanted by tiny details: the intricate veins on a leaf, the unexpected colours in a shadow, the inside of a shell where mauve merges with coral pink. My work reflects the way I see the world around me, focusing on those details, and amplifying their colours and light.








Where do you live?
Christchurch, New Zealand.

Where have you lived?
London UK, Christchurch NZ.

What medium do you use?
Procreate and Photoshop.

How do you stay inspired?
Observing colours and textures found in nature. And I’ll happily get lost down a Pinterest rabbit hole of vintage embroidery and ceramics.

Where do you buy your art supplies?

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Primarily digital – although you’d never guess that if you saw all my art supplies.

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
I love any odd or unique combination that nature throws together.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 15 words or less?
Because you get to bring to life and share your imagination with others.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Hmmm, I’m inquisitive (nosey), so maybe a private investigator.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Illustrating a compendium of insects or magical/weird flowers.

Name something you do in your spare time.
I inhale books.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
The one with the jukebox and man who thought he was Tom Jones.

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Where would you like to travel to next?
India, Italy.

What podcasts do you like?
Desert Island Discs.

What show have you binge-watched?

What’s your favorite movie?
Lars and the Real Girl.

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
All of the Minions.

What is your favorite cheese?
Any cheese that doesn’t have blue in the name.

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Dark Hearted.

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Bright pink Birkenstocks with fluffy socks.

What do you listen to while you work?
Netflix – either a comedian or a documentary.

What artist are you reincarnated from?
If Mary Delany had a love child with a velvet artist…

What’s your middle name?
Jane – my first name is Elisabeth.

What do you wish your middle name was?

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Spicy veggie curry.

How do you stay in shape?
Walking our 2 sausage dogs.

How don’t you stay in shape?
Is there really an answer other than chocolate?

What is your current favorite font?
A hand drawn version of Baskerville.

How do you take your coffee?
Often! Strong with cream. Sometimes a dash of ginger.

Whom would you like to meet?
Louis Theroux or Bill Bryson.

What question would you most like to be asked?
Would you like a third Dachshund?

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
Bootcamp mini assignments – particularly the one on cups.

Client List

Andrews McMeel Publishing
Apli Kids
Barnes & Noble
Design House Greetings
E-card Forest
Elena Essex
Greetings Island
Highlights for Children
Madison Park Group
Rebel Girls
Sellers Publishing
Tree-free Greetings
Washington Post
World Vision

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