Artist: Chelsea Blecha
Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic
Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Acrylic on Wood, Sketches
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Chelsea Blecha is graduating this year from California State University, Long Beach. She will be receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts in the Illustration program. Blecha has been drawing ever since she was about 3 years old because her mom is an artist too. Blecha mom works in doing window displays. Blecha’s mom composes and teaches people how to do window displays. Blecha said that she didn’t consider art as a career until she was in high school. However she didn’t figure out her style until her last semester of college. As this being Blecha’s last year, she said its bitter sweet since she has been going to Cal State Long Beach for 6 years now. After she graduates she plans on free lancing and hopefully in the future work doing concept art for Pixar. While talking to Blecha she said that her inspiration comes from traveling and humans.
Many of Blecha’s artwork are sketches and drawings. One of her most time consuming piece was the skateboard. This piece took about the whole semester and she would work on it on-and-off. However for her other pieces it takes her about a week or so. She usually sketches them out first which she can finish in one sitting. For the skateboard she used watercolors and acrylic. The other pieces are sketches but although they are just sketches you can really tell how Blecha pays close attention to detail. For some of the sketches she used color pencils but they all have some type of shading. For the drawings of human hands she really payed attention to detail and made them look so realistic.
Chelsea Blecha said that much of her inspiration comes from traveling to new places and the people around her. It wasn’t until this year that Blecha said she found her own style which is why she has variety in her exhibit. However most of her work focuses on emotion not just aesthetic. For example the hand drawing demonstrate emotion through the wrinkles and details. She truly enjoys sketching as one time when she traveled to San Francisco she did many sketches that were included in her exhibit. Blecha also mentioned that some of her inspiration came from her favorite movie Breakfast Club. Furthermore, as a young and aspiring artist she is still developing her own unique style.
As this being the last artist conversation of the semester, I am glad she was the last artist I was given the pleasure of learning about. Being still so young Blecha has managed to slowly but surely find her own style. Although she is still young, one thing I admire about her is that she keeps trying new things such as meeting new people and places. I really enjoyed knowing that her drawings try to express emotion not just aesthetics. Blecha has high dreams which I’m sure she will accomplish and hopefully one day I will be able to see her work in Pixar. Overall I really enjoy how she is able to do what she loves and has a blast doing it.