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Shelley Chen

Shelley Chen - Toronto, Canada based illustrator

Trained in medical illustration, Shelley Li Wen Chen also loves using her skills to create comics and concept art. She’s inspired by the work of Kinu Nishimura, Inoue Takehiko, and Ashley Wood, and has bookshelves filled with manga, design and old art books. Even as a child, Shelley loved drawing and making things. Her family emigrated to Vancouver from Taiwan when she was young, and she later moved to Toronto, where she’s now based.

Training

Shelley completed a Masters in Medical Illustration and Media at the University of Toronto.

Approach

When creating a medical illustration, she concentrates hard on the brief and works out the most effective way to communicate the subject. Often, she works completely digitally, sketching and finishing her images using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Style

Clarity is a key component in Shelley’s style. She’ll use various aesthetics in order for the image to communicate effectively. Often, she works in a flat, graphic style, particularly if the piece needs to teach or explain something. When it comes to editorial pieces or advertising, she’s more likely to try and grab the viewer’s attention with a more dramatic composition.

Client list

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Korean Journal of Urology Redactive Media Insurance Times McNeil Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Line art medical checkup
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baby with croup condition illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Medical Graphic Tablets
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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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Osteoarthritis Knee Joint illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Acne pustule illustration by Shelley Li Wen Chen
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Graphic boundary setting
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Graphic woman in the middle
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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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Normal knee joint 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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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
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
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