About

Image of a young seated caucasian woman, wearing large black sunglasses and holding a large container of green paint and paintbrush. more paints are in the background.

I am a freelance illustrator born in New York City and based in Cádiz, Spain. Most recently I’ve been doing a lot of educational materials, portraits, and maps for diverse clients around the world. In the future, I’d like to get into editorial work for magazines and newspapers, because I’m an avid reader and I like the challenge of bringing abstract concepts to life through illustration.

The outlets for my work are diverse, but my clients all have one thing in common: they want to bring warmth and friendliness into the way they communicate.

Previous clients include Chronicle Books, Wellfleet Press, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and research professors at Oxford and Northwestern Universities who wanted help communicating research findings in an approachable way. I’ve also illustrated award-winning books such as the genre-bending cookbook Picture Cook (Ulysses Press, 2013) and Nature’s Remedies (Chronicle, 2016), and several more.

Before focusing full-time on illustration, I worked in tech and design thinking. I have a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University (CT) and an MA with distinction in Experience Design from Hyper Island (UK).

Get in touch (katie@katieshelly.art) to work together.