David Tazzyman was born and brought up in Leicester. He went on to study illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990 after which he went travelling in Asia for 3 years, drawing as he went which resulted in an exhibition at The City Gallery in Leicester.
In 1997 he moved to London where he started working for clients such as Cream, Bass, Natwest, Vodafone, Orange, Yahoo, Fiat and We Love Muzic amongst others, illustrating their campaigns. David still works in the commercial arena. However, his career in children's book illustration began in 2006 when he was approached by Egmont to illustrate the Mr Gum series of books. This was an instant success and he says he feels very privileged to have worked with Andy Stanton. They won a multitude of awards for this series including The Red House Children's Book Award, two Blue Peter book awards for Best Book with Pictures and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize Award.
He has also illustrated the Agatha Parrot series by Kjartan Poskitt and The Donut Diaries series by Anthony McGowan. He recently finished the first book of the Stinkbomb & Ketchup Face series by John Dougherty and is currently working on the Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos as well as the Circus of Thieves series by William Sutcliffe.
David's first picture book, Eleanor's Eyebrows by Timothy Knapman, was published in June 2013 to great critical success. He's already started on his next one!
David lives in south London with his partner Melanie and three boys, Stanley, Atticus and Albert.