Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Blecha.
Chelsea, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been a creative, drawing or writing stories from the moment I first held the pencil that my mom, also an artist, put in my hand. I remember as a child having so many stories spilling out of my head that I didn’t know exactly how to express them, so I picked up anything that allowed me to create. From painting to playing instruments, I experimented with it all. Films and books had a big effect on me as the stories were a way to live many different lives all at once. I feel this is a primary reason I enjoy environment painting so much – I’m able to create the scene in my head and present a mood and feeling to the viewer.
As a young adult I moved away from my home in San Diego to Long Beach, CA to pursue art. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BFA in Illustration, and then eventually settled in LA. The kind of work I make is a fairly new journey for me, as I created much different illustrations while in school. I feel that after graduating, I was presented with this sort of quietness and freedom to explore what work I truly intended to make. Finding an identity as an artist is very important, and life after college cleared my mind, allowing me to start on a new path.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an illustrator and designer who creates digital paintings of bright, immersive worlds. I’ve done pieces for articles, novel covers, and visual development.
I get most of my inspiration from observing life. Lighting is a huge part of my work so I’m always noticing interesting shadows, colors, or light patterns around me to help convey a narrative. I strive to capture an overall feeling and tell a story within each piece, so I spend a lot of time gathering reference and getting outside to experience new places.
I hope that my work makes people feel something, taking them back to a moment in time that they may have forgotten, or presenting a new narrative to get lost in. It’s important to know that there’s no secret to being successful within your craft. It takes hours (or years!) of hard work and constant practice to finally find your voice.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I cannot stress enough how important being a part of an art community is. I initially found my group of art friends when I went to college. I freelance so a bit of loneliness is inevitable, but the support and motivation they have given me to excel within my own personal art journey has been so rewarding.
For those looking to connect with other artists, I’d suggest finding an online community (Facebook groups and Instagram are great for this) or attend art classes around where you live (I go figure drawing at a local art college and have met quite a few new people). There are so many artistic resources out there to find, you just have to do some Googling!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
When it comes to social media I’m most active on Instagram (@chelseablecha), but I can also be found on Behance, Dribbble, and Artstation. I also have a Gumroad where I post process videos and files of my digital paintings.
- Website: chelseablecha.squarespace.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/chelseablecha
- Other: behance.net/chelseablecha