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John Shelley began his illustration career in London, his first picture book being shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. From 1987 he lived in Tokyo, where his work has been used in everything from advertising to character merchandising and editorial, while his children's book illustrations have been published in countries around the globe.
Most of his work is based around hand-drawn pen and ink images, though techniques range from traditional line and watercolour to graphic images utilising computers.
Now once more based in the UK, he still maintains close ties with Japan and the US.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) (Board of Advisors),
Society of Authors (SOA).
http://johnshelley.blogspot.com/ (English language blog）
http://shelleyjapan.blogspot.com/ (Japanese language blog)
Clients have ranged from Japan (Fukuinkan Shoten, Hyoronsha, Hayakawa Shobo, Tokuma Shoten, Hikari no Kuni, Kodansha etc) to UK (Andersen Press, Jonathan Cape, Scholastic, Egmont, Frances Lincoln etc) and USA (Simon & Schuster, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Front Street, Charlesbridge etc).
Advertising clients in Japan have included animated TV commercials for Mitsubishi Electric Group, Mitsubishi Real Estate and Harajuku Zelkova Avenue. Major Press Campaigns have included: Parco Dept Store, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Sony, Mitsukansu, NHK, Coca Cola, Japan Railways East, Apple Japan, Suntory, Menicon, Kirin, Komatsu, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, O’s Town, Toyota, Family Mart, Keio Dept Store, Hankyu Dept Store, Kodak, Laox, Wacol, Heiwa, Orix, Tokyo International Car Show, Tokyo Pet Show, Sangenjaya Daidogei, Kikkoman, Nichiban etc etc.