David Chelsea was born in Portland Oregon in 1959. Educated at the School Of Visual Arts, Parsons Institute and The New York Academy of Art, David has been a commercial artist for over thirty years. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Press, Seattle Weekly, Chicago Tribune... more

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Videos, Videos, Videos

I haven’t put up a blog post in a long time. I hope it hasn’t been TOO long a wait. I have quite a backlog of YouTube videos I either created or appear in to share. First up, a Zoom conference talk on my favorite subject, perspective, with a small and appreciate audience from the group Cartoonists Northwest:

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Perspective Grid Comics And Drawings

  • My late foster brother Rafael had a Cuban proverb he used to quote to me: “El vago trabajo doble”, which translates to “the lazy one works twice”, which I take to mean that if you’re lazy and skip steps, you’re going to have to work twice as hard fixing all your mistakes later. For me, this proverb comes up a LOT, because I am by no means a systematic or methodical worker. The latest proof of that is today’s subject, a series of posts I’ve been putting up over the course of the last few years on my Patreon page.

    David Chelsea is reading: She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
    by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

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  • PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event: Watch Me Live & Save Up To $300!

    Well, you missed your chance to sign up for the PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event by Palm Sunday to save $500 off the retail price, but no problem- you can still register by April 11th and save $300! Go here and find out how!

    I will be presenting a live-on-video online perspective drawing demonstration as part of the event. This will be similar to the perspective speed demos I have been posting on Patreon for the past year, but in real time and with my spoken commentary guiding you through every step of the process. Full disclosure: my demonstration will not literally be plein air, as in drawn outdoors. It will be a simple one-point perspective of an imaginary room. The organizers told me that was fine with them. I will also be responding in real time to questions in streaming chat. Since I am not a touch typist, I will be using my iPad’s voice recognition software.

    David Chelsea is reading: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
    by Steven Johnson

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    From caricature and illustration to perspective drawings and storyboards, David has produced a wide range of work... More


    David Chelsea has written and illustrated several books, including David Chelsea in Love, Perspective!, Twenty-Four Times Two and Welcome to the Zone... More


    In addition to the graphic novels listed in the book section, David has drawn comics for The Portland Monthly, Bear Deluxe Magazine, Chicago Tribune, New York Press and many other publications... More

    David Chelsea on Perspective

    A sideline to David's commercial work has been explorations in perspective. His first book on the subject has been widely praised and is assigned in many art courses... More

    Modern Love Gallery

    See a collection of David's illustrations for the Modern Love column in The New York Times...More

    Contact David

    Drop David a line about his original artwork for sale, illustration work or other matters - he'll be happy to hear from you...More

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