John Shelley Featured Illustrator in Words & Pictures


This month John Shelley is Featured Illustrator for Word & Pictures, the SCBWI magazine. The feature summarises my career in the UK, Japan and US (especially in children’s books) and includes a gallery of recent work.

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John Shelley

I debuted as an illustrator in London, then worked for 21 years in Tokyo before returning once more to the UK in 2008. My commercial work in Japan has been used in animated TV ads, poster and press campaigns, character merchandising and editorial illustration. For several years I was vice-chairman of the International Committee of JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designer Association). I still maintain close connections to Japan. Of the 50 or so children's books I've illustrated five were written by myself. Publisher clients have been chiefly the UK, Japan and the USA, but I've also worked with clients in Europe and Australia.