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David Aikins grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, immersed in comic books, action figures, and B-movies. In 1991, Dave was somehow persuaded to move to Ohio, studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduating in 1995, he spent four years working for a large newspaper and a commercial art studio. Now residing outside of Columbus, Ohio, he is currently running Let’s Draw Studio, the freelance illustration company he founded in 1998. Dave is primarily known for being a children’s book illustrator and Nickelodeon publishing artist. He has created numerous books featuring characters like SpongeBob Squarepants, Shimmer & Shine, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Dora the Explorer.