About me

Dragon Tangle


DAVID ELLIOT – Illustrator and author

I was born in 1952 in Ashburton , New Zealand, in the middle of the Canterbury plains where there wasn’t much going on but sheep and pine trees. I quickly invented a pretend lamb as a friend (really just the piece of string I led it with) and have been making things up ever since.

David with Husky pups, Antartica 1979

David with husky pups, Antartica 1979

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved stories and drawing and that eventually led me to art school and on out into the thorny world of trying to make a living out of my imagination. I have been very lucky that I have almost accidentally ended up in places and situations that couldn’t help but inspire me. A stint working in Antartica in 1979 (where some huskies licked me into shape) followed later by a job as gateman at Edinburgh Zoo (where I was egged on by a parrot), confirmed to me that I wanted to write and illustrate stories and although I ended up first designing interiors then teaching for a long time, books have always been my real love.

David, Edinburgh Zoo 1982

David, Edinburgh Zoo 1982

At last in 1998 my wonderful wife Gillian convinced me that I should try working at it fulltime
and so far things have worked out pretty well.

David Elliot web


See more of my illustrations: The Flying Whale Gallery

Find me on Facebook: The Flying Whale Port Chalmers

New Zealand Arts Foundation

The New Zealand Book Council