David Burroughs Mattingly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1956, the son of John W. Mattingly, the inventor of the “Water Pik”. 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 Pollack. 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. 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 most recently “I, Robot” for Weta Digital in New Zealand.
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, published by DAW Books. In 1983 he moved to New York City, and a year later across the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey.
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. 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 popular “Honor Harrington” series for author David Weber. He painted the latest repackaging of 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.
After 20 years of traditional painting, David bought a computer ten years ago and has mainly worked digitally since then, preferring the powerful new tools that working digitally offers the artist. Most of his work today combines digital painting, and elements generated in 3D programs.
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: www.digitalmattepaintinghandbook.com
David is married to Cathleen Cogswell, and they share their home with two cats, Jackson and Glinda.