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David Burroughs Mattingly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1956. David began drawing and painting as a small child, influenced by comic books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Jim Steranko and Jackson Pollock. After high school, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After school, he worked 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" and many others. David worked in New Zealand for Weta Digital on “I, Robot”. Most recently, David completed work on the Coen Brothers latest film, “Hail Caesar!”
While at Disney Studios, David began doing freelance art. His first published piece was the album cover for "The Commodores Greatest Hits". His first sale of art for a book cover was for "A Wizard in Bedlam” by Christopher Stasheff. Since 1984 he has lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from New York City.
David has produced over 500 covers for most major publishers of science fiction and fantasy, including Baen, Bantam, DAW, Del Rey, Dell, Marvel, Omni, Playboy, Signet, and Tor. He illustrated the popular "Honor Herrington" series for author David Weber. He painted the repackaging of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Pellucidar" books for Ballentine 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 teaches matte painting, compositing, and visual storytelling at School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute, both in New York City.
David painted traditionally for 25 years, but with the advent of modern computer graphics, he was an early adopter of digital painting. Now all of his work is done on the computer, using Photoshop and advanced 3D programs.
David is married to Cathleen Cogswell, and they share their home with two cats, Jackson and Glinda