Illustration Blog

The Return of Big Tex Art Show

| October 4, 2013

“The Return of Big Tex” by Chet Phillips Last year Big Tex, the iconic statue and official greeter to the annual State Fair of Texas, was destroyed in a fire. The new version was recently unveiled and there will be an art show to celebrate his return. The Return of Big Tex art show opens […]


| October 2, 2013

Nightlights with a ChetArt theme, ChetLights is a new online store offering a variety of whimsical imagery. From cowboy monkeys, canine Lucha Libre, Googie signs and more, these nightlights will conquer the darkness with a mini masterpiece of glowing ChetArt. ~Click here to see the selection in the online shop.~           […]

Heisenberg, Bueller and Red Ryder

| September 30, 2013

A series overflowing with incredible writing and acting,”Breaking Bad” dropped its viewers into a beaker of highly volatile creativity.  Vince Gilligan presented us with a unique cast of characters and plot lines that can be shocking one moment and slyly clever the next. It’s sad to see it end. This is my small way of […]

Norman Lear and The Princess Bride

| September 19, 2013

The legendary Norman Lear poses with his framed print of my Princess Bride “As You Wish” image. Serving as executive producer for the film, he took a liking to my rendition of famous quotes, characters and icons of the cult classic. With this in mind, I happily worked with Act III Licensing  to produce a […]

September Austin Flea

| September 13, 2013

Join me along with dozens of great artists for this month’s Austin Flea. The setting is the fantastic Spider House Ballroom located at 2906 Fruth St. Featuring a performance by HoneyPunch, the event runs from 11-5.

Painter X3

| September 11, 2013

I received my complimentary version of Painter X3 yesterday, handsomely contained in a mini collector’s can on a flash drive. It prompted me to recall purchasing version 1 in 1992 (pictured on the left) that was packaged in a standard sized gallon paint can filled with a fistful of diskettes and manual. A lot has […]

Steampunk Monkey Nation and Gear

| September 4, 2013

3 new portraits have been added to the series Steampunk Monkey Nation in which characters are displayed among a gallery of all of the tools of their trade or military unit. Each of these stalwart monkeys and apes utilize specific weapons, clothing and support equipment in order to complete their challenging and dangerous tasks and […]

Toy Joy Art Show 2013

| August 20, 2013

(click to enlarge) The jury is back and ChetArt will have 5 pieces included in the 2013 Toy Joy show. Toy Joy is an Austin institution, offering up a slew of wild and crazy fun. This is my second year to exhibit for this fun venue. Show details to follow soon.

ACR Summer Show Booth

| August 19, 2013

The 2nd annual Austin Craft Riot summer show was a big success. Loads of crowds passed through the Austin Music Hall to shop, eat and enjoy the great music. The ChetArt booth was designed with a hands off approach this time around. I floated in the background, allowing elbow room and privacy for folks to […]

Austin Craft Riot Summer Show

| August 16, 2013

This weekend marks the 2nd annual summer show event hosted by Austin Craft Riot. 70 vendors anchor 2 days of art, music and food trucks at the Austin Music Hall. ChetArt will be represented with a booth full of signed prints, card sets, books and more. Learn more here.

Steampunk Monkey Nation and Gear 2

| August 14, 2013

Two new additions to the series “Steampunk Monkey Nation” portraits with gear. The ladies are represented with Penelope Lavinia Obscura, an espionage agent and mechanic Calpurnia “Flywheel” Camberforge. Prints of both available in the online shop.

Steampunk Monkey Nation Portraits and Gear

| July 25, 2013

Introducing the new series: Steampunk Monkey Nation character portraits with gear. From a strange and simian-based alternate universe comes this collection of figures from all walks of life and occupations. These portraits attempt to shed light on what it takes to survive and engage within the world of Steampunk Monkey Nation. Beginning with these three […]

ChetArt at San Diego Comic Con 2013

| July 23, 2013

San Diego Comic Con 2013 was a great experience with high energy fun, over the top creativity every where you looked and record breaking sales for us. We enjoyed seeing our fellow Small Press vendors from years back and meeting many new creatives. We had lots of return buyers and fans visit us and purchase […]

ChetArt at SDCC 2013

| July 15, 2013

(Click to Enlarge) ChetArt will be represented at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in the Small Press Area, Booth O-01. “The Land of Kaiju” limited edition alphabet book, card sets and prints will be available. Find lots of monkey-centric items as well, with Simian Playing Card packs, “Lights! Camera! Monkeys!” postcard sets and print […]

“Land of Kaiju” Shirts and Stickers

| July 5, 2013

A selection of Japanese styled monsters from the ChetArt “Land of Kaiju” series are now lurking on t-shirts and stickers. For adults these designs are available in a variety of colors and styles such as a t-shirt, girly fit, v-neck, baseball 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve and hoodie. You can also adorn your little monsters with […]

Lights! Camera! Monkeys!

| June 20, 2013

 What if monkeys and apes invaded Hollywood? Lights! Camera! Monkeys! is a collection of eight 5″ x 7″ postcards showcasing monkeys in classic films and TV series. Each postcard is printed on sturdy 14 point premium uncoated cover stock and the reverse side includes a bit of back story or plot for each subject (monkey […]

King of the Who?

| June 17, 2013

The insanely creative silliness of the Monty Python troupe went a long way in shaping how I view the world today. Among their enormous television and movie accomplishments, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” remains the gold standard for their strange and silly form of genius. The hallowed British legend was never quite the same […]

Over the Line- Ltd. Gallery Show

| May 31, 2013

Opening on June 7th at Ltd. Gallery- “Over the Line!” is an art show tribute to Coen Brothers films, curated by Chris Jackson. I’m honored to be included with my entry “The Dude Abides.”

ChetArt Card Sets On Display

| May 14, 2013

I received pictures from long-time supporter of ChetArt foolishness, Dan over in the U.K. He has just put together framed displays of the various card sets he has purchased, ready for display in his home. Thank you Dan, for the great honor you’ve given my work and for sharing the beautiful results!    

Tentacles! An Art Show

| April 19, 2013

I’m proud to be a part of the upcoming “Tentacles!” art show at Ltd. Gallery in Seattle. Curated by Bonnie Burton, the show will be chock full of a variety of tentacle related art inspired by pop culture, literature, nature and comic books by 40 artists. The three ChetArt entries illustrate moments from a series, […]