Fur Face Boy

Check out the express train goodness of Fur Face Boy. He offers up the triple threat of: creating cool design, exhibiting tremendous marketing skills with a huge following and lastly, being a genuinely great guy.

Monkey Monday-Big in Japan

Next month the International Primatological Society will convene in Kyoto, Japan for their 23rd Congress. ChetArt’s monkey business will be a part of the festivities, thanks to the efforts of Laura Marsh. I met Laura last month in San Diego during our Comic-Con event. She runs the comic shop and gallery True Believers in Santa Fe and is also a director of the Global Conservation Institute. As a participate in next month’s Primatological Congress, she will be a presenting a symposium  and teaching a pre-congress course. Perhaps most importantly, she’ll be exposing her colleagues to a variety of my monkey personalities in the form of Sinister Simian and Steampunk Monkey buttons that she purchased to re-sell while she’s there. Perhaps this will spark the idea for a future lecture on the migratory habits of evil, death ray wielding, megalomaniac chimps. Stay tuned…

(Above portrait from the beautiful and fascinating photo series by James Mollison.)

Andy Helms

Visit Andy Helm’s various sites for more fun, including his Dude a Day project.

Aaron Horkey

Beautiful line work and a brilliant collection of surreal imagery make Aaron Horkey’s work very satisfying.

Tilt Shift

The Tilt Shift photography technique has the unique ability to fool the eye into seeing the real world as a dollhouse version of miniatures. See more examples and tutorial links here.

Here’s a tilt shift shot of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con small press area, taken by KimonoKitsy Studios. Look closely for our booth on the far right.

AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik’s wood sculptures and richly detailed and visually arresting. See more of his work and an interview here.

Monkey Monday-Rat Rodeo

Jason Tennant

I enjoyed recently discovering the work of Jason Tennant, an artist who recycles the old remains of American chestnut trees into animated animal sculptures.

Tom Gauld

Some of Tom Gauld’s illustration work has a nice twist of an updated Edward Gorey flavor to it.

Magnificent Specimens

Austin photographer Dave Mead presents an impressive collection of  portraits from the 2009 World Beard and Mustache Championship. Think you know your famous facial hair? Take this Mustache Test.

Mad Men Illustrated

Check out Dyna Moe’s great collection of illustrations from each episode of the great show “Mad Men.” My favorite episode to date is from season one titled “The Wheel”:

“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.” –Don Draper

Monkey Monday-Extinct Cereal Mascots

Literary Pets

Coming this fall from Half Price Books: a “Literary Pets” calendar. Twelve of my dog and cat as famous author portraits will adorn the interior, complete with the accompanying text I wrote for each. A calendar cover was commissioned however the above color cover will be relegated to a sepia version for their final product.

Jeff de Boer

Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an emphasis on metal. He is best known for creating suits of armor for cats and mice. Bring it on, neighborhood dogs!

Tim Doyle

Continuing the TV themed art from last week, I recently discovered this beautiful print by Tim Doyle using the subject matter of another favorite show, Breaking Bad.

Spike Press

Spike Press is Chicago-based illustrator and designer John Solimine. He sports an amazing collection of poster illustration and design on his site.

Monkey vs. Robot

Casual Friday

It’s a hot summer Friday and everyone should follow Brodie’s lead and take it easy. Who could argue with this example of lazy bliss?

Michael Myers

Michael Myers creates strong graphic images and wonderful caricatures using a pleasing color palette. The Lost fan in me really enjoys his cast portraits. (Dude.)

Turner’s Tokens

Lisa Turner has a beautiful collection of Steampunk inspired jewelry over in her Turner’s Tokens Etsy shop. Be sure and check out her blog as well.