Thomas "Tom" LaPadula is an author and illustrator. He has been illustrating national and international magazines, advertising agencies, and children's books. Tom graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA and earned his MFA from Syracuse University. He has been also a member of the illustration faculty at Pratt Institute for over twenty five years and is also the illustration coordinator. He also teaches about the use of Photoshop, The History of Illustration, reflective and digital illustration.