David Wyatt

David Wyatt

David Wyatt is an illustrator. He has produced covers for the Mortal Engines and Fever Crumb books, as well as illustrating the Larklight series and the forthcoming Illustrated World of Mortal Engines.


David 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.

Fever Crumb

Cover of Fever Crumb by David Wyatt

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."

He has illustrated authors including J. R. R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman, Terry Deary and Brian Jacques. He has also worked on a number of album covers, computer games, beer labels and stamps.

He now lives in Devon, in an ancient house in a graveyard, with an Australian and a Border Collie. He is a keen lutist, cyclist and wanderer of the moors.

Work with Philip Reeve

David Wyatt is known for illustraiting the Larklight Trilogy by Philip Reeve and the covers of the Mortal Engines Quartet as well as Here Lies Arthur. He also worked on a comic set in the World of Mortal Engines, The Haunted Sky, which never progressed beyond an initial few pages.

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