David Chelsea grew up in Portland, Oregon, and later moved to New York City. Educated at the School of Visuel Arts, Parsons Institute and The New York Academy of Art, he has worked as a commercial artist and illustrator for publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Press, Seattle Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Reader's Digest, Boston Phoenix and Portland Monthly. Since 1995 he is the celebrity cartoonist of the New York Observer.
Chelsea has created comics for numerous publications. He is the author of the graphic novels 'David Chelsea in Love' (1992), 'Welcome to the Zone', 'Perspective! A Guide for Comic Book Artists' and 'Borderland'. He has also worked for advertising clients such as Tyee, Wieden+Kennedy and Hawthorne Direct, and for Whitewater Films on the feature 'Nearing Grace'.