David Opie was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. After he "grew up," he headed to Providence, RI, so that he could earn his BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He went on to earn his master's degree from the MFA "Illustration As Visual Essay" program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
David illustrated Dozer's Run, a picture book published by Sleeping Bear Press (2014). He illustrated a picture book for Pelican Publishing, to be released in the spring of 2019.
His illustrations have appeared in such publications as Family PC, Highlights High Five, Keyboard Magazine, the Little Lutheran, LA Times, Providence Journal, Providence Phoenix, Publishers Weekly, Rhode Island Monthly, Spider Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, TimeOut Chicago and Weekly Reader.
He has worked for many educational publishers, including Celebration Press, Heinemann, Houghton Mifflin, Learning A-Z, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic School Publishing, Scholastic, and SoundPrints (for the Smithsonian). David illustrated a series of trade chapter books for Ladybird Books UK, and JD Publishing produced a children's picture book that he illustrated.
He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and was a full-time instructor in the illustration department of the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago.
David loves dogs and space (among many other things). He is married and lives in South Norwalk, CT.
David is a member of the following professional organizations:
Left: These are my studio pups, Amelia (foreground), and Django. Right: My studio, with Amelia in the foreground.