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    This blog serves as a collection of past, present and future projects from the illustration studio of Chet Phillips. There will also be spotlights on creative people I admire and how-tos, mixed with an occasional bit of silliness culled from the Intertubes added in for seasoning. Thank you for visiting.
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    Carlo Stanga

    Posted By on August 7, 2014


    Beautiful colors and patterns by illustration Carlo Stanga.

    8 Bit and Beyond 2- Bottleneck Gallery

    Posted By on August 5, 2014


    Opening August 8th- “8 Bit and Beyond 2,” a video game themed show at Bottleneck Gallery. The ChetArt contribution, titled “It’s On” mixes Donkey Kong with the iconic Aurora King Kong model.


    2veinte- Wild and Woolly

    Posted By on August 5, 2014

    Wild & Woolly from 2veinte

    Pichi and Avo- Shipping Crate Mural

    Posted By on August 4, 2014


    Mural art by Pichi and Avo on stacked shipping crates. via My Modern Met

    Steampunk Monkey Nation- Gallery of Heroes

    Posted By on July 31, 2014

    SMN_FannedPortfolio portrait gallery. Eight 5″ x 7″ portraits with stories on reverse.

    The Gallery of Heroes is a  collection of Eight Steampunk Monkey Nation personalities, presented in a paper portfolio case. Each 5″ x 7″ piece is printed on heavy duty linen card stock with portrait and gear on one side and short story on reverse. Portfolio label includes gold foil stamp detail and Steampunk Monkey Nation stamp on the back.

    ~Shop For Your Set Here~

    Set includes: Genevieve Octavia Starksparrow, Samson Meriwether Riddlewitte, Mordecai “Gunny” Gundersonne, Angus Wakefield McCrackendish, Cornelius Watson Pinionbolt, Penelope Lavinia Obscura, Calpurnia “Flywheel” Camberforge and Gabriel Warwick Thorncastle.




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     ~Click Here To See This Item In The Shop~


    Children of the 80s Art Show- Guzu Gallery

    Posted By on July 30, 2014

    PeeWeeMr.TLowres(Click to Enlarge)

    Guzu Gallery presents an art show titled “Children of the 80s” with an opening on Friday August 1st. My contribution, titled “Pee Wee and Mr. T” pays homage to a host of Pee Wee Herman offerings, including “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and the movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I saw his HBO special and on stage live in the 80’s and immediately became a fan of his irreverent humor.

    ~Purchase from the limited edition here~

    More about the show:

    Ah, the 1980s…that most outrageous and colorful of decades. The excess and overindulgence of the 80s was unavoidable. It was reckless. And it was soaked in neon hues. This was no more evident than in the fashion, pop stars, movies and television of the time. That isn’t to say there was nothing consequential or more far-reaching happening in the world. The war against drugs was in full swing, as was the Cold War and the Iran-Contra Affair…but for the children who lived it, breathed it…everything that was important about the 80s, everything that mattered, happened on Saturday morning. So many awesome cartoons! So many awesome toy commercials! Every cartoon had a toy line and every toy line had its cartoon (yes, kids actually played with toys a very, very long time ago). It was a magical era for sure…and Guzu intends to serve up a slice of that nostalgia this summer at our art exhibition titled Children of the 80s. Join us as we celebrate the cartoons and toys from the raddest decade ever!

    The opening reception will be on Friday, August 1st from 7 to 10pm and the artwork will remain up through August 30th. Be sure to sport your best (or worst) 80s attire! Blue eyeliner, leg warmers, hair by Aqua Net and Members Only jackets are encouraged (as is wearing your sunglasses at night). There will be a live performance and 80s/Synthwave DJ set with retro visuals by Who Ha on opening night. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Miller Lite, featuring the original white can (for added old-school authenticity). We will also be featuring an array of vintage toys from the collection of Outlaw Moon Games & Toys. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

    Guzu Gallery welcomes everyone to the show but if you can’t make it out, the artwork will be available for purchase in our online store.

    Guzu Gallery Store


    San Diego Comic Con 2014

    Posted By on July 30, 2014

    ChetArtChetArt Booth in the Small Press Section

    The 2014 San Diego Comic Con was a non-stop whirlwind of fun this year. With 4 hours of preview night on Wednesday and 4 full days through Sunday, we saw lots of familiar faces and made loads of new friends.


    We arrived on Tuesday. From the front door of our hotel was a view of the swaying palm trees, the Assassin’s Creed display being set up and the convention center in the background.


    Our hotel was designated as Terminus. Fortunately there were no train box cars behind the hotel that we were led to after checking in.

    TheBeachleft to right-Cesare, Kirstie, Julie and the Pacific

    The day before set up we took the opportunity to meet up with our good friends from Curio and Co., Cesare and Kirstie. Heading over to Ocean Beach, we enjoyed a burger at Hodad’s before a leisurely stroll on the pier to view the sunset over the water.


    Attendance for the show maxes out at 130,000 and we saw our share of folks. Preview night started off strong for us. So strong we asked our neighbor and friend Jen Sorensen to ship us more product the next day. It was a good decision, as we would have sold all the “Childhood” books by Saturday if we hadn’t received her generous help.

    Along with lots of sales, we had the pleasure of seeing long-time friends, fellow artists and loyal fans, topped with a surprise visit from April Winchell (who has no Regretsy(s) over retiring her wildly popular web site and concentrating on gracing us with her incredible voice work.) I was approached by several people with interest in some high profile projects. Stay tuned for those that may pan out in the coming months. Much to my surprise, my “Grumpy the Hutt” print that was purchased by our wonderful friend Jane Ezratty was then gifted to David Glanzer, the director of marketing and public relations for San Diego’s Comic Con International. The word came back to us that he considered it the best gift he’s received in ages. Here’s hoping it’ll fill a little bit of “NO!” on his wall somewhere. (A big thanks to Jane for gifting and Dustin Romero for passing along the news.)


    What follows are a sampling of photos taken from the convention floor. Click each for a larger view.


    World of Playing Cards

    Posted By on July 18, 2014


    The World of Playing Cards posted a wonderful review of the “Steam Ark”  set.


    ChetArt- San Diego Comic Con 2014

    Posted By on July 17, 2014

    ChetArtBoothSDCC14Located in the Small Press Pavilion, Booth O-01 across from Oni Press

    This year San Diego will be hosting its annual International Comic Con from July 23rd-July 27th, (preview night on the 23rd from 6PM-9PM.) ChetArt will be represented in the Small Press Pavilion in booth O-01 (across from the Oni Press booth.) This year’s offerings will include the Childhood book and prints from the series, the new playing card set titled Steam Ark, along with a trading card set version, vinyl stickers, a variety of tribute prints, new leather key chains and a lot more.

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    Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Posted By on July 16, 2014

    Brendan FitzpatrickX-Rays of toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick. via Streets of Beige

    Patrick Ballesteros

    Posted By on July 15, 2014

    Patrick Ballesteros

    Great coin operated series from Patrick Ballesteros.

    Time Lapse Sanded

    Posted By on July 14, 2014

    Verschleif from Laurin Döpfner

    Fantasy in the City Show- Ltd. Art Gallery

    Posted By on July 10, 2014


    July 18th marks the opening of Ltd. Art Gallery’s “Fantasy in the City” show. Artists will present their concepts of characters from various worlds of fantasy placed in modern day surroundings. My contribution (above)  is titled “Sauron’s Raiders.” Visit the official Facebook event page HERE for more.

    ChetArt Vinyl Stickers

    Posted By on July 8, 2014

    CthuhluStickerCoin Operated” (a.k.a. Lil’ Cthulhu) measures approx. 4″ x 3″

    New in the ChetArt shop: Vinyl stickers that showcase 2 images from the “Childhood” book and print series. Both are printed on high quality vinyl, appropriate for either indoor or outdoor use.

    AlienStickerPicBig Wheel Turning” measures approx. 4″ x 3.5″

    ~Find Both in the ChetArt Shop Here~

    Nightmare Playgrounds

    Posted By on July 8, 2014


    Shudder-worthy collection of “playground” images via Dark Roasted Blend.

    Frankfurt Airport Becomes a Starport

    Posted By on July 7, 2014

     Frankfurt Airport cleverly transformed into a Star Wars Starport.

    (despite the title, not really leaked footage)

    Ashley MacKenzie

    Posted By on July 3, 2014

    Ashley MacKenzie

    Fluid surrealism from Ashley MacKenzie.

    Phil Postma

    Posted By on July 2, 2014

    Phil Postma

    Norman Rockwell and Batman mashup. via Phil Postma

    Greg Klassen

    Posted By on July 1, 2014


    Furniture design with a river theme from Greg Klassen.

    Let’s Try Something Different

    Posted By on June 30, 2014


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