David Burroughs Mattingly

David Burroughs Mattingly (born June 29, 1956, Fort Collins, Colorado) is an American illustrator and painter, best known for his numerous book covers of science fiction and fantasy literature.[1]

David Burroughs Mattingly
BornJune 29, 1956 (age 62)
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
OccupationIllustrator, painter
Known forBook cover artwork
Home townFort Collins

Life and career

Mattingly grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and was inspired at age twelve to enter the visual arts, and discovered matte art. Mattingly first attended Colorado Institute of Art, then transferred to Art Center College of Art and Design. He left Art Center to take job as a matte artist at Disney Studios. There he worked on the production of The Black Hole.[2] He also worked on films including Tron, Dick Tracy, The Watcher in the Woods, and Stephen King's The Stand.[3] After seven years, he became the head of the matte department there.[2] He later worked on the films I, Robot[4] and Hail, Caesar!.[5]

After moving to New York, Mattingly was under contract at Ballantine Books. He has done more than 2000 book covers for Ballantine, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkley, Dell, Alfred A. Knopf, Marvel Comics, Omni, Playboy, Ace, Penguin, Scholastic, Signet, and Tor. He later took a matte art teaching position at the School of Visual Art, and then the Pratt Institute,[2] where he is an Adjunct Professor. He teaches digital matte painting and compositing at both institutions.[3] Mattingly is the subject of the 1996 book Alternate views, alternate universes: the art of David B. Mattingly by Cathleen Cogswell.[6] He currently works as an independent matte artist and illustrator in addition to his teaching.[7]


David created 50 of 53 covers for K. A. Applegate's Animorphs series.[7] He also created covers for all of David Weber's Honorverse science-fiction series, including the New York Times Best Seller in that series, A Rising Thunder.[8] He has been the Artist Guest of Honor at a number of conventions, including Technicon 24 and Loscon 42.[9] He has also published a handbook on digital matte painting, The Digital Matte Painting Handbook.[10]


  • David B. Mattingly, The Digital Matte Painting Handbook, (2011) Indianapolis, IN: Wiley; ISBN 978-0-470-92242-2


  1. ^ "Summary Bibliography: David B. Mattingly". 'ISFDB'. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Mattingly, David B. (18 April 2011). "The Digital Matte Painting Handbook". John Wiley & Sons – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Pratt Institute".
  4. ^ "David Mattingly - MFACA". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25.
  5. ^ "David Mattingly".
  6. ^ Cathleen Cogswell. Alternate views, alternate universes: the art of David B. Mattingly. Paper Tiger. 1996
  7. ^ a b "Meet the Artist Behind the Animorphs Covers That Destroyed Your Mind as a Kid - VICE - United States". 7 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Best Sellers - Combined Hardcover and Paperback Fiction - Sunday, March 25th 2012 - List". New York Times. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Artist Guest of Honor: David B. Mattingly". Technicon 24. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "Wiley: The Digital Matte Painting Handbook". Sybex Books. Retrieved August 4, 2016.

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David Mattingly

David Mattingly may refer to:

David Burroughs Mattingly (born 1956), American illustrator

David Mattingly (author) (born 1958), British historian and author

David Mattingly (radio), NPR News anchor

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