Stumptown Preview #1: Perspective Grids

The Stumptown Comics Festival approaches. This year’s event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on April 16th and 17th. As usual I will be attending, signing books and selling artwork at my own table, but this year I will also be doing a presentation, a demonstration of drawing in perspective using the pre-existing grids from the DVD which comes with my new book Extreme Perspective!

David Chelsea is listening to: “Packing For Mars” by Mary Roach

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Perspective Police!


Happy April Fool’s Day! No fooling, today I’m starting a new feature on this blog, where I use my expertise (as demonstrated in my two books Perspective! and Extreme Perspective!) to demonstrate the lapses, inconsistencies and violations of Perspective Law in my fellow artist’s technique. Call it “Perspective Police!”

David Chelsea is listening to: Ben Folds Presents: University a Cappella!

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Amazon.com joins Team Chelsea

Having a website of my very own has been fun so far, but it is time I put it to work. A friend mentioned that his software site brings in considerable revenue through Amazon Associates, a program that pays him a percentage of sales (between 4 and 15% depending on category) that result from links from his site to Amazon.com, and I have decided to follow suit. This move is long overdue, since I have already been providing links to Amazon for years free of charge.
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Cartoonists On Radio 6

Continuing the media juggernaut for my new 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’ll be making my second appearance of the week on local radio station KBOO-FM 90.7, chatting with Words And Pictures host SW Conser. I’ll let Conch tell it:

Comics artist, illustrator, voice actor, and bon vivant David Chelsea pays a return visit to Words & Pictures this Thursday morning (March 10th) from 11:30am to noon PST on KBOO. Tune in as we tour David’s Portland studio and follow the twists and turns of a thirty-year career in the lively arts.

David’s new book and DVD set Extreme Perspective! For Artists has just been published by Watson-Guptill. Years in the making, the book features surprising tips and entertaining background history about the role of perspective in art, and the DVD includes resources useful to both mainstream and experimental cartoonists.

Words & Pictures airs the second Thursday of each month on KBOO Community Radio, 90.7fm. KBOO’s real-time webstream is available at http://kboo.fm/listen via iTunes or Abacast. More info and links to recent webcasts can be found at http://www.tooningin.com

Special thanks to Emily Young for editing this month’s show!

Cheers,
— Conch

Signing at Cosmic Monkey

I’ll be doing a signing for my new 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 (whew!) this Saturday, March 12th from 2-4 PM at Cosmic Monkey, the fine comics store on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. I’m very much at home in the place, having drawn a number of my 24 Hour Comics there. Stop by if you’re in town- I haven’t seen you in AGES.
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Extreme Perspective Day!

Today, February 15th, 2011, is the official publication date for my new 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. Theoretically, you can walk into your nearest bookstore and buy a copy today. In the meantime, here’s a review worth reading by Johanna Draper Carlson from the website Comics Worth Reading.

Prospettiva!

The publication date for Extreme Perspective!, my new book from Watson-Guptill, approaches. Presumably it will be in stores on or after February 15th, but in the meantime you can pre-order on Amazon. Meanwhile, my previous book Perspective! is now available in an Italian language edition from Turin publisher Vittorio Pavesio. I haven’t seen a copy yet, but the preview page below appears on the publisher’s website.
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Isometric Exercises

Theater flyer, 1984
Theater flyer, 1984

That hexagonal envelope in my recent post about letters to Amy got me to digging out other images I’ve done over the years in isometric projection. Wikipedia defines it as “a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees”.
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Extreme Perspective Previews: The Catalogue Page

I delivered the art and layout files some time ago, but this makes it real- seeing my new book Extreme Perspective!- right across from Christopher Hart’s latest, Drawing Fantastic Furries– in a catalogue from Watson-Guptill, my publisher, which arrived in the mail yesterday. Note the publication date on your calendars: February 15, 2011.
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Stumptown Preview

Me at Stumptown Comics Fest 2006, photo by Joshin Yamada
Me at Stumptown Comics Fest 2006, photo by Joshin Yamada

l will once more be appearing this coming weekend at Portland’s annual Stumptown Comics Fest. My new book, Extreme Perspective!, won’t be published until next year, but I’ll be showing preview pages from it, selling old books, taking snapshots with my Palm Pilot and bringing something new- reproductions of hand-drawn envelopes from the series Letters To Geoff (minus their original addresses and stamps), which you can mail to your friends!
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