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Shelley Chen

Shelley Chen

Shelley Chen - International medical illustrator. Canada

Trained as a medical illustrator, Toronto artist Shelley Chen combines her love of both art and science to create uniquely styled imagery for a range of applications including patient education materials, academic publications, magazines, games, blogs, and more. From highly accurate clinical materials to narrative-led comics, Shelley’s versatility, talent and experience will give any project the creative lift it needs.
Proper understanding of complex medical information is critical for informed decision making, behaviour change, and prevention of some foreseeable problems. In her experiences working in healthcare-focused visual communication roles, Shelley thoughtfully combines illustration with graphic design to help clients communicate their medical contents in more engaging and easy-to-understand formats. Shelley has a Masters in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, and draws her inspiration from both instructional and entertainment illustrators alike.

Approach

When creating an illustration, she focuses on finding the most effective and compelling way to communicate the key messaging. She works almost entirely digitally, sketching and finishing her pieces in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Styles

Shelley is a flexible illustrator able to work in a variety of styles depending on the brief. She often uses a clean and clear graphic style for her educational pieces to facilitate understanding but may switch to a more dramatic style in editorials pieces for more visual impact.

Client list

Some of Shelley’s clients include AXS Studio, Benchworks, DiD Agency, Genentech, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mount Sinai Hospital New York, Scholastic, Hospital for Sick Children and Tridel.
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baby with croup condition illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Line art medical checkup
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Skin anatomy illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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medical graphical illustration of woman
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Medical Graphic Tablets
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Acne pustule illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Graphic woman in the middle
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Graphic boundary setting
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Pilonidal cyst illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Breeching presentations illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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black and white nature tree
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Second Nature synapse
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illustration of brain
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Pulled elbows in children illustration - Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Genetics hemophilia inheritance illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Illustration for hemophilia by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Crohn's disease illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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An illustration of recovery position
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First Aid Kit illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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NG Tube Taping in Infants illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Illustration of NG Tube by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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NG Tube illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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NG Tube Feeding Bag illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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NG Tube pH Test illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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AKH_pollicization illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Our agency was impressed by Shelley’s portfolio when we requested to work with her on a project where we needed instructional illustrations prepared. She exceeded our expectations – she is incredibly talented, thoughtful in her approach, wonderful to work with, and very responsive. Shelley is at the top of our list when we need an illustrator for future projects!
Brenda Vujanic: Executive Vice President, Benchworks
I hired to Shelley to create an illustration of a teen’s body to elucidate the dangers of underage drinking. I was unsure of the exact look and feel I wanted, but Shelley had great questions and showed me a few well thought out and executed options in sketch phase which made for a beautiful finished product.
Stephen Christensen: Art Director, Scholastic
Beyond being an obviously skilled illustrator, Shelley possesses excellent attention to detail, an ability to work quickly, and a graceful flexibility for the vicissitudes of marketing demands
Jason Slomack, Did Agency
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