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, Reader's Digest, Boston Phoenix and Portland Monthly. His celebrity caricatures decorated the Eight Day Week page in The New York Observer for over a decade, and he illustrated the Modern Love column for the New York Times Style section from 2004 to 2008.
A published cartoonist since the age of twelve, David has drawn comics for numerous publications and is the author of the graphic novels David Chelsea In Love, Welcome To The Zone and the how-to books Perspective! For Comic Book Artists and Extreme Perspective! For Artists. David Chelsea In Love has been translated into French, and Perspective! has appeared in French, Japanese, Korean and Italian. In recent years David has taken up the challenge devised by Scott McCloud, to draw an entire 24 page comic within 24 hours, a record twelve times, and two of these stories have been printed in Top Shelf's collection 24x2. As a natural outgrowth of his comics work, David has been in demand as a storyboard artist, working for advertising clients such as Tyee, Wieden+Kennedy and Hawthorne Direct, and for Whitewater Films on the feature Nearing Grace.
David's work on Perspective! and Extreme Perspective! stems from a lifelong interest. He has lectured on the subject at numerous institutions including The University Of Oregon, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Seattles's Gage Academy Of Art. Years ago, David devised his own six point perspective method for painting on spherical objects such as globes and bowling balls, and his spherical paintings are in many private collections.
David lives in Portland's historic Irvington's district with his wife Eve, son Benjamin and daughter Rebecca.
Photo by Basil Childers