Hello! I’m Jade Kelly an editorial illustrator based in Devon, UK.
My colourful and detailed illustrations play with shape, nature inspired imagery and a fun imperfect style. My work takes inspiration from the natural world and embraces themes of positive wellbeing, female empowerment and social issues such as the climate crisis.
I’ve enjoyed great opportunities collaborating and working with clients including Plymouth College of Art, Cliick community, and have been shortlisted by many such as Tate and Nasdaq X Artsthread. My work has a strong focus on editorial and lifestyle illustration however I also enjoy embracing community projects, using art for good in the everyday world.
I would love to work with you and am open to new opportunities! Check out more of my work on my website www.jadeillustrates.co.uk.
Plymouth College of Art | Illustrated Infographic for use on social media | 2021
Commissioned by Plymouth College of Art (now known as Plymouth Arts University) to create an infographic’Top 5 things about Plymouth’ for use on their social media promoting the college to prospective clearing students.
Cliick community | Painted electric box | 2021
Commissioned by Cliick community to paint an electric box, part of a council funded project #greenboxproject, to bring new life to Stonehouse, Plymouth. With positive feedback and a feature on BBC News the project has been a great success.
Tate Establishment | Twice shortlisted card designs | 2021 & in 2022
Shortlisted twice by Tate Modern’s Christmas card design competition both in 2021 and 2022.
Volunteer | Torre Abbey Museum | 2018
Had the great opportunity to gain work experience and go back to volunteer at Torre Abbey historical museum, Torquay. Where I provided friendly customer service, maintained the gallery and helped with the events organising and social media marketing.
Nasdaq X Artsthread | Shortlisted entry | 2021
A shortlisted entry down to the final 15 out of 100’s for a competition to have work showcased on Nasdaq’s New global HQ in Times Square.
The Green Room Boutique | Thank you flyer | 2021
A commission I enjoyed to design a Thank you flyer for The green room boutique, a local business in Plymouth.
Nadine Critchley Photography | Series of editorial illustrations | 2021
A great collaboration with Nadine Lamb on her student magazine, Equanimity. In which I illustrated a series of six editorial illustrations with themes of positive wellbeing, togetherness and empowering women through the menopause.
Plymouth College of Art & Ignite Futures | Winning Billboard Illustration | 2021
An amazing opportunity to have my winning illustration showcased on a billboard in Plymouth with Ignite Futures and Plymouth College of Art (now known as Plymouth Arts University) promoting Ignite futures festival of creativity.
Waste of our time | Runner-up and exhibited plastic pollution poster | 2022
An illustration that won Runner up in Waste of our time’s plastic pollution poster competition and the poster exhibited at Leadworks, Plymouth.