Fred Willingham has loved to draw since he was a young boy. His favorite subject matter has always been people, starting with comic book characters and moving on to draw his family and friends. His high school art teacher encouraged his talent and his love of drawing and Fred succeeded in going to art school at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a degree in visual communication and became a freelance illustrator. He has illustrated several children's books for both the trade and educational markets. Fred lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his family.