The Fancy Times

Fine Slop for the Discerning Tastemaker

David Matingly

American illustrator, born June of 1956.

Matingly got into art in childhood with matte painting, a discipline that was once used in film-making to create the illusion of environment. These were done using paints or pastels on large sheets of glass. 

After dropping out of art school he took a job at Disney Studios. His notable works there include The Black Hole, Tron, The Watcher in the Woods, and I, Robot. He was eventually contracted by Ballantine Books and would go on to make over two thousand cover illustrations in the course of his career. 

Later in life he took a teaching position at the School of Visual Arts and an adjunct professor position at the Pratt Institute. At both of these schools he teaches digital matte painting and compositing. 

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