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David Mattingly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. David began drawing and painting as a small child, influenced by comic books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a wide array of artists from Jim Steranko, to N.C. Wyeth, to Jackson Pollock. After high school, he attended the Colorado Institute of Art , Colorado State University and later transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
David has produced over 2000 covers for most major publishers of science fiction and fantasy, including Baen, Bantam, DAW, Del Rey, Dell, Marvel, Omni, Playboy, Signet, and Tor. For Scholastic Inc, David painted 54 covers for K.A. Applegate's "Animorphs" series, along with the last 5 covers for the "Everworld" series. He illustrated the New York Times bestselling "Honor Harrington" series for author David Weber. He painted covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Pellucidar" books for Ballantine Books. He is a two time winner of Magazine and Booksellers "Best Cover of the Year" award, and winner of the Association of Science Fiction Artists "Chesley" award. Other clients include Michael Jackson, Lucasfilm, Universal Studios, Totco Oil, Galloob Toys, R/Greenberg Associates, Click 3X and Spontaneous Combustion.
David is the author of "The Digital Matte Painting Handbook", the first guide to digital matte painting. It is available through the web site for the book at: .
David began his career at Walt Disney Studios, ultimately becoming head of the matte department. He worked on "The Black Hole", "Tron", "Dick Tracy", Stephen King's "The Stand". David worked at Weta Digital in New Zealand on "I, Robot".
David teaches digital matte painting and compositing at School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He also does web based training for matte painting on Lynda.com,
David is married to Cathleen Cogswell, a non-profit fundraiser for Connect,
in New York. He and his wife share their home with two cats, Jackson and Glinda.