Spotlight on John Shelley

Andrea Brown Literary Agency Featured Illustrator

About John Shelley

John Shelley debuted as an illustrator in London before the lure of the East took him to Japan, creating art for the Tokyo design and publishing industry for over 20 years, on the way encountering ancient wooden towns, concrete jungles, cat walks, haunted forests, and ocean bottoms, most of which have inspired his children’s book illustrations.

He’s illustrated over 40 children’s titles to date, many of them for the Japanese and US markets. 2014 will see the release of The Stone Giant (Charlesbridge, USA/Komine Shoten, Japan), the story of Michelangelo’s creation of the statue of David.

In 2008 he returned to the UK and now lives in East Anglia. Bilingual in Japanese, he’s a former Board member of SCBWI and Assistant Regional Advisor in Tokyo.

For more about John Shelley and his artwork, visit his home on the web, or check out his blog. John is represented by Laura Rennert. He's available for picture book projects, spot illustration and book jackets. Contact Laura at:

About Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Andrea Brown Literary Agency represents the finest children's book writers and illustrators -- with projects ranging from board books to young adult novels. Based in California, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is currently celebrating its 32nd year.

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