For over thirty-five years, Tom La Padula has illustrated for national and international magazines, advertising agencies, and publishing houses. He has given talks around the country as an authority of the history of illustration. His art has been exhibited in many group shows throughout the country, and his paintings and drawings are included in many private collections. A graduate of Parsons School of Design (BFA), La Padula earned his MFA from Syracuse University. He joined the Communication Design faculty of Pratt Institute in 1986 and is the Illustration Coordinator for the Pratt Communications/Design program, where he has taught Digital Painting, History of Illustration, Illustration Methods & Media I, and Illustration Methods & Media II.
Illustrations by Tom La Padula
Higginson, Sheila Sweeney and Tom La Padula. Listen with Kai-Lan. New York: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon, 2010.
La Padula, Tom. Tonka Tough Trucks. New York: Scholastic, 2013.
La Padula, Tom. Learn to Draw Cars, Planes & Moving Machines: Step-by-step Instructions for More Than 25 High-Powered Vehicles. Lake Forest, CA: Walter Foster Publishing, 2015.
Martin, Susan and Tom La Padula. I Sailed with Columbus: The Adventures of a Ship's Boy. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1991.
Milton, Joyce and Tom La Padula. The Story of Paul Revere: Messenger of Liberty. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 1990.
Milton, Joyce and Tom La Padula. The Story of Thomas Jefferson: Prophet of Liberty. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 1990.
Packard, Edward and Tom La Padula. Soccer Star. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.
Packard, Edward and Tom La Padula. Typhoon! New York: Bantam Books, 1995.
Wilhelm, Doug and Tom La Padula. Gunfire at Gettysburg. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.