Born and raised in Japan, Toshiki Nakamura moved to San Francisco right after earning B.A. in politics. A graduate from Academy of Art University, where he studied concept art and visual development, Toshiki works as a freelance character designer/visual development artist based in Japan. He is passionate about storytelling and in love with childrenʼs books, and hopes to make his picture books one day. Toshiki is currently represented by Shannon Associates for kidlit work.

Clients include HouseSpecial, Rainmaker/Mainframe Studios, Triggerfish Animation Studios, Gold Valley Films, Gaumont Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, Scholastic and more.


Always looking for new opportunities and exciting projects! (O1 visa in the US is currently being prepared with my lawyer) 

For book related inquiry, please contact my agent Justin Rucker at justin@shannonassociates.com 

For work or questions, please email me at artoftoshi@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by.



Toshiki is represented by Justin Rucker of Shannon Associates for book related work.


Creative Quarterly 56: 1 Winner and 1 Runner-up

3x3 International Illustration Annual 16: 2 Merit Awards and 1 Honorable Mention

2018 SCBWI Bologna Illustration Gallery Award (Honorable Mention)

3x3 International Illustration Annual 15 (Picture Book Show): 1 Honorable Mention

Creative Quarterly 51: 1 Runner-up

Creative Quarterly 50: 1 Runner-up

SCBWI Canada West Interview: Meet Illustrator Toshiki Nakamura (Page 13-15)

Guest Interview: Dina von Lowenkraft & SCBWI Bologna Illustration Gallery Winners 2018