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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 whole range of applications including magazines, games, academic publications, blogs, patient information and more. From highly accurate clinical material to narrative-led comics and on to greetings cards, Shelley’s versatility, talent and experience will give any project the creative lift it needs.
Having worked in a design studio, she has a passion for problem solving and knows how to help clients by using illustration and graphic design together to communicate complex messages, while at the same time resonating with audiences. Shelley has a Masters in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, and is inspired by artists like Kinu Nishimura, Inoue Takehiko, and Ashley Wood.


When creating an illustration, she focuses on finding the most effective and compelling style to communicate the subject. Often, she works completely digitally, sketching and finishing her images in Photoshop and Illustrator.


Shelley is a flexible illustrator able to work in a variety of styles depending on the brief. She uses a clean and clear graphic style in her educational pieces to maximise clarity but when it comes to editorial pieces or advertising she may switch to a more dramatic style for impact and to hold the viewer’s attention.

Client list

Some of Shelley’s clients include Benchworks, DiD Agency, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mount Sinai Hospital New York, Redactive Media, Scholastic, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto and Tridel.
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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