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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IN THE STUDIO: Raster Vs. Vector!

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Another episode of the ongoing podcast I do with Jacob Mercy just dropped on iTunes. In this installment, Jacob and I talk shop about the virtues and drawbacks of several computer drawing programs, most notably Adobe Illustrator and Clip Studio Paint (the software mysteriously formerly known as Manga Studio). We also get a preview of David’s new instructional book PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION, a discussion of cartoon dogs and what makes them funny, and some incidental chatter about Winsor McCay’s possible influence on Peter Max. Geek out!!

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David Chelsea is reading: Agony
by Mark Beyer

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The Modern Love Podcast: Malin Akerman Reads ‘Elvis and My Husband Have Left the Building’

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Another one of my old Modern Love illustrations for the New York Times has been repurposed for the podcast. On this week’s podcast, the actress Malin Akerman reads Liza Monroy’s essay “Elvis and My Husband Have Left the Building,” about a lustless Las Vegas wedding that yields an unconventional partnership. You can listen to the podcast here, as well as on iTunes and other places you might listen to a podcast.

David Chelsea is reading: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing
by Ben Blatt

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In the Studio Episode Four: Mild Qualms About WILD PALMS

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On this week’s podcast, Jacob and David dissect the serialized graphic novel WILD PALMS, the basis for the TV miniseries of the same name, written by Bruce Wagner and illustrated by Julian Allen in the early 1990s. Other topics of discussion include the virtues of kneaded erasers, which writers outside of comics David would like to collaborate with, the virtues of piracetam versus DMT, the gross yet strangely elegant comics of National Lampoon contributor Charles Rodrigues, and the Grid Project, in which illustrator Julian Allen cut his life’s work up into little squares. It’s the lively discussion of comics you’ve come to expect, and so much more!

David Chelsea Is Reading: Ray and Joe: The Story Of A Man And His Dead Friend And Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues

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Portfolio

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

Books

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

Comics

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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