David Wyatt

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Davit Wyatt (born 28 November 1968) is an English commercial artist. Born in Northampton, he was adopted and raised in West Sussex. As a child, he learnt to play the piano; however, his interest in reading and drawing combined into a love of comics.

At 16, he attended art college in Reading, and obtained his first work doing the occasional page for British comic 2000 AD. He signed on for a further year at college, but left just two weeks later.

Whilst having some menial jobs, he worked on his portfolio, practiced guitar and played in bands. He created the occasional cover commissions, but was just as keen to make a career in music. After an unsuccessful band tour of Scandinavia, he decided that the rock and roll lifestyle wasn't for him, and moved to Dartmoor to concentrate on illustration.

David has tried most media at some point (collage, acrylics, sculpture, thick paint, thin paint), but now mainly produce work on an Apple Mac. The Dartmoor landscape provides inspiration; otherwise his ideas come from everywhere - "watching a film, walking round Sydney Opera house, the dog pulling a stupid face; anything."

Wyatt has illustrated Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (Illustrated Edition, 2008)[1] and the Larklight trilogy and the Mortal Engines and Fever Crumb quartets by Philip Reeve.[2] He has also illustrated books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Terry Deary and Brian Jacques.[citation needed] [clarification needed]

He was the cover artist for the 8-volume fantasy school stories Children of the Red King by Jenny Nimmo (2002 to 2009).[3] He has also worked on album covers, computer games, beer labels and stamps.

Wyatt lives in Devon, in a market town on Dartmoor. He is a keen lutist, cyclist and wanderer of the moors.[4]


  1. ^ Peter Pan in Scarlet, Illustrated Edition (Oxford, 2008). Retail product display at Amazon. amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  2. ^ ISFDB provides a cover image for the first volume, Larklight, which cleaerly shows "As chronicled by Art Mumby with the aid of Mr Philip Reeve and illustrated throughout by Mr. David Wyatt". Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  3. ^ Children of the Red King series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. (ISFDB). Retrieved 2012-04-30. For volume 8 the database does not name Wyatt but the cover illustration completes a matching set. (Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.)
  4. ^ Amazon "Larklight (Paperback)", Amazon.com, 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25.

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