David B. Mattingly
David Burroughs Mattingly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. 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.
David teaches digital matte painting at two of New York Cities finest arts schools, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. Each semester he adds new assignments to keep the students up to date with the latest advances in matte painting. Student are required to produced five finished matte paintings over the course of the semester, including a moving matte in After Effects 3D space, and 3D camera projection in Maya.
Along with his work as a matte artist and teacher, David is well known for the over 1000 science fiction books covers he has produced. He has worked 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. He illustrated the popular, New York TImes best selling "Honor Harrington" series for author David Weber. 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 lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, and is married to Cathleen Cogswell. They share their home with three cats, Jackson, Glinda and Annie.