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David Wyatt

David Wyatt
David Wyatt is a UK illustrator known for his fantasy themed work.

He has illustrated books by a number of notable authors, including J.R.R. Tolkein, Terry Prachett, Phillip Pullman, Brian Jaques and Diana Wynne Jones.

After a brief bit of comics work on Tharg’s Future Shock for 2000AD, and a stint in a rock band, Wyatt focused on illustration.

He started working in traditional painting and drawing media, moved into digital illustration, and is now returning to occasional work in traditional media.

I was particularly taken with his pen and ink interior illustrations for Phillip Reeve’s Larklight series (images above, bottom). His intricate style is well suited to the “steampunk” settings of an alternate universe in which space travel is taking place in the Victorian era.

The pen and ink style carries over from his illustrations for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Unfortunately, Wyatt’s web site is a bit awkwardly arranged. There are sections listed at the bottom of the home page graphic, as well as a “current portfolio”, each of which must be entered separately, and browsing is made more difficult by uncooperative JavaScript thumbnail sliders.

Images in the current portfolio are a bit larger than the others, so you may want to start there. It includes work from his latest book project, Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean.

[Addendum: Wyatt has moved his website to: and his blog to: and also still maintains a gallery on deviantART.]

[Via Eric Orchard]


4 responses to “David Wyatt”

  1. hello,
    firstly i want 2 thank you for sharing such a diverse variance of artists styles & techniques. and secondly, i have a question i’d love 2 hear your opinion on: when it comes to books, do you think that it matters whether the illustrations are done in black & white versus color? i’m curious if you have come across any of this shared information. while i realize that there were many past artists who drew in mainly black & white – i’m curious about today’s world. are people to “computerized” to appreciate a true pencil drawing?
    thank you much & happy holidays,

  2. Wyatt? Any relation to the others? It’s a hell of a last name for an illustrator to have.

  3. Any idea what has happened to his website? That link does not work any longer