David Melling was born in Oxford and still lives near the city. His father was a sculptor and Melling inherited his artistic leanings. He previously worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas, based on the book by Raymond Briggs.
One of Melling's most popular picture books, The Tale of Jack Frost, was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voiceover by Hugh Laurie. It was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for the Best TV Movie category.
David is married and lives with his wife and two children.