David Harrington's affinity for art began at an early age, when he enthusiastically drew on floors, walls, furniture, and other inanimate objects. A native of southern California, Harrington pursued a career in illustration by enrolling in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he earned a BFA with honors. As a student, his favorite classes were figure drawing and painting.
In his professional career, Harrington has illustrated numerous childrenâ€™s books. He believes that they open a door to a new world, and he admits that he studied books for hours on end as a child. In addition to childrenâ€™s illustrations, Harrington creates advertising images for toys, games, food packaging, educational materials, medical equipment, and various other products.
Bold lines, sharp contrast, and vibrant colors render Harringtonâ€™s images stunning and memorable. He portrays real emotions such as fun and excitement through playful and accentuated cartoon images. The clarity of detail that Harrington gives to the page can bring a childâ€™s imagination to life. He is the recipient of a WWA Spur Awards Storyteller Award for his illustrations in Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat.
Harrington lives with his wife and children in Laguna Hills, California.