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David Habben

David “HABBENINK” Habben is an illustrator, artist, and educator based in Utah, USA. His unique work has been featured in children’s books, magazines, and even on snowboards. He’s received awards from 3x3 Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, Graphis Magazine, and the AIGA, and David’s first author-illustrated children’s book, “Mr. Sherman’s Cloud” (Page Street Publishing), was named one of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2020.

His imaginative style applies intricate line work to create distinctive characters and worlds. He also combines bold brushwork with dynamic shapes in striking story-filled imagery. David’s education includes a BFA in Illustration and MFA in Studio Art. He was also a Children’s Book Design Fellow at Chronicle Books. These combined influences inspire him to keep developing creatively and give a new voice to every project.

When he’s not in the studio or classroom, David loves spending time with his family, especially outdoors, and traveling.

David is represented by Alex Gehringer — to work with him please email Alex


During 3x3 Magazine’s Professional Show no.18, David was awarded Bronze for ‘OnStage Ogden’, Merit for ‘Jazz’ and an honourable mention for ‘Les Fleur du Mal’.

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Listed on Creative Quarterly’s 100 Best 2020 list

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