Kelsey Marshalsey

Kelsey Marshalsey - Designer

Cambridge, ON, Canada

Illustrator with a whimsical and dynamic style paired with idyllic settings. Cover design, book formatting + picture books. Lover of texture

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Hey! I am super excited to work on your picture book, cover art or book formatting needs!

I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Ontario, Canada with a love and passion for what I do. My work is whimsical and dynamic that keeps things interesting and engaging. Each illustration is often paired with an idyllic setting. I am always looking for new fun ways to compose an illustration and love when a picture can take the lead in telling the story. Capturing your vision and essence is what I do best.

When we work together I want to make everything as streamlined as possible. I will walk you through what you can expect with me and make sure we are on the same page always throughout the project. It’s my goal to make this as stress-free for you as possible.

I can’t wait to help bring your vision to life.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books


  • Graphic Design Degree

Work experience

Lead Illustrator/Designer & CEO

April, 2016 – Present (almost 7 years)

Responsible for all design work that includes books, puzzles, cards, prints, pins and other stationary goods that are geared at babies and children - ideal for activities, decor and more! Kelsey has created multiple illustrations, hand-lettered and typographic solutions and layout and formatting. She also has brought all the 3 self-published books through to print.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Always, Always, Always

Nixon, Audrey Copenhaver, Marshalsey, Kelsey

Made of Magic

Vasan, Anjana, Marshalsey, Kelsey

All My Colors

James, L T, Marshalsey, Kelsey

Going Outside

Madsen, Emma, Marshalsey, Kelsey

Animal ABC’s

Marshalsey, Kelsey

Cats in Space Colouring Book

Marshalsey, Kelsey

Dogs In Space Colouring Book

Marshalsey, Kelsey

Kelsey has 8 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

ana lehrschall
Kelsey is exceptional in every way! From start to finish, our project went smoothly. She is organized yet flexible and accommodating. The final product was delivered early and exceeded expectations. The professional experience she brings to the table is just as good as her illustrative talents. I will be continuing to work with her in the future. Highly recommend!

ana lehrschall, February 2023

Lynn Hall
I had another excellent collaborative experience working with Kelsey doing layout for my new version (in Spanish) of my picture storybook-- ChokWaka and the Moon Tales. Kelsey is creative, flexible and fun to work with and was more than patient as I worked in a process of seeing things and then making revisions to improve the appearance and flow in layout on each page. I enjoyed the ov...
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Lynn Hall, February 2023

Lilian T. James
Kelsey was an absolute joy to work with. She added her own ideas and listened to my preferences and desires to create something truly wonderful.

Lilian T. James, January 2023

Lynn Hall
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kelsey! Her wonderful collaborative skills were so appreciated-- from formatting my original artwork, to layout design for text, pulling together so many details and finally a finished and beautiful picture storybook-- ChokWaka and The Moon Tales. Kelsey also helped walk me through the steps in publishing on Amazon. Thank you, Kelsey--I was fortuna...
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Lynn Hall, December 2022

Audrey Nixon
Kelsey was very professional from beginning to end of our collaboration. Not only did she always complete her job according to our set timelines and agreements, she would provide quality work each time. She was willing to get feedback, make corrections, work together, and also bring her own creativity and ideas to the conversation consistently. She brought my writing to life in a way I could no...
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Audrey Nixon, October 2022

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