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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RIP, Jack Chick

Christian cartoonist Jack Chick died this week at 92. To pay tribute, here’s a return look at a post from 2011:

A selection of Jack Chick tracts
A selection of Jack Chick tracts

It will be a busy Stumptown for me this year. I will be on two panels (one a perspective drawing demo, the other about the relaunch of Dark Horse Presents) and I’ll be selling books and decorated envelopes at my table the rest of the time. This year, in addition to my new Watson-Guptill book Extreme Perspective! For Artists: Learn the Secrets of Curvilinear, Cylindrical, Fisheye, Isometric, and Other Amazing Systems that Will Make Your Drawings Pop Off the Page, I have a new minicomic to sell, a parody Jack Chick tract written by me and drawn by my friend, Portland cartoonist and animator Chad Essley.

David Chelsea is reading: The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
by Norman Solomon

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Don’t you wish that you had been at the recent UNDERGROUND USA symposium, which was a celebration of the legacy of Portland’s underground newspapers, the Willamette Bridge and the Portland Scribe? Here’s what you missed: Comics historian Patrick Rosenkranz blew our minds by proving that Basil Wolverton made it into print as a cartoonist by 1929- the crack of dawn of comic books. Also by identifying the exact points in the lives of Basil Wolverton and Carl Barks when their careers paths crossed those of the underground cartoonists who followed them. Former Scribe staffers Maurice Isserman and Norman Solomon discussed the urgency and political outrage behind the deceptively casual “fly by the seat of your pants” appearance of the underground press. Event organizer Anne Richardson talked about the several “undergrounds” which influenced the thinking and film writing of Sheldon Renan. I, David Chelsea, gave a tour of the artists/cartoonists who appeared in Portland’s underground press. Event moderator Richard Gehr and surprise guest Matt Groening drew a verbal map of a Portland stuffed with record stores, bookstores, live music, and Ken Kesey sightings, and both identified themselves as former Willamette Bridge newsboys. Animation legend Bill Plympton joined the panel discussion and Portland’s Poet Laureate Walt Curtis spoke in appreciation of Norman Solomon. A very complete experience! These photos may give some idea:

David Chelsea is watching: The Witch
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

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The Modern Love Podcast: Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am


The Modern Love Podcast has repurposed another of my illustrations from the long-running New York Times column. In this episode of Modern Love: The Podcast, English actress Rebecca Hall (“Please Give”, “The Prestige”) reads the essay “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am,” Terri Cheney’s explanation of what it’s like to date while having bipolar disorder.

David Chelsea is reading:The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
by Norman Solomon

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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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