Digital Art by Chet Phillips

Austin, Texas | 10243 Sales


Digital Art by Chet Phillips

Austin, Texas 10243 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (2657)

ChetArt is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Shop will re-open on July 19th. Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll return.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 15, 2019

Shop will re-open on July 19th. Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll return.

Chet Phillips

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Chet Phillips


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Exploring visual fun with digital woodcuts.

I move between creating interpretive, dream-like worlds of mystery and a lighter side, cartoon illustration version. In both cases I would generally label my work somewhere between a form of pop surrealism and low brow art.

Every project starts with a big cheap sketchbook that I start doodling thumbnails on. These are refined, expanded and then scanned in and opened in the software program Painter. The finished art is almost always done completely in Painter.

Many have asked why create so many monkey images. Why indeed! It may have something to do with being raised by a family of Howler Monkeys until the age of 7. They abandoned me at a fire station door after my grooming habits become more than they could stomach. That brief jungle upbringing had less to do with my fascination with monkeys as with the long hours spent staring at the fire station's Lawson Wood calendar.

The same goes for the preponderance of Steampunk in my artwork. I'm fascinated by the odd, and sometimes arresting, mixture of high and low tech worlds, such as the industrial transition during the Victorian era and into the first World War. The mixture of troops on horseback with sabers and lances with the first steel-plated tanks, gas masks and machine guns is fodder for strange and beautifully horrifying dreams. The same sort of blending of new with old technology within the Steampunk universe translates into fantastic and inspiring visions of fashion, music, weaponry, transportation and architecture.

Also visit my other Etsy shop: ChetLights. It offers a variety of my imagery on nightlights.

And for a selection of instant downloadable stock art visit:

Shop members

  • Chet Phillips

    Owner, Creator

    I draw monkeys... and other stuff.

  • Julie Sullivan

    Bookbinder, Creator

    Julie Sullivan is the wife of Chet Phillips and contributes greatly to the ChetArt shop when her bookbinding skills are needed for a collaborative project. She runs Dancing Cat Bindery offering repair and new book creation projects.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 2, 2015
Welcome to my slightly off-center interpretation of the world. I've been illustrating, first with traditional tools and now digitally, combined for more than 25 years. I enjoy presenting both the humor and mystery in everyday things. My hope is that you'll find something in my efforts that you can connect with and enjoy.

Over the years I've had the honor of working for a variety of high profile companies and projects, including publishing companies, corporations, advertising agencies and movie studios. To learn more about my illustration business, please visit my web page:

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please contact me if you have any concerns with your item when you receive it. I want you be satisfied with your purchase and decision to support my efforts, and appreciate the opportunity to correct any problem.
I accept Paypal and Direct Checkout with a credit card. To ensure speedy delivery, please make your Paypal payment immediately. Shipping time is based from the date of cleared payment. You may cancel your order at any time prior to shipping for a full refund.
Make sure your shipping address is current. I will cross-reference addresses between Paypal and Etsy, but will defer to the Etsy address. Please include a note in your purchase if you need your item sent to a third party with their address.

Items are shipped First Class Mail (Domestic and International) and USPS Priority Mail.

Domestic First Class Mail averages 3 business days transit time. First Class International will take longer, depending on your location.

International customers are responsible for any and all fees and tariffs associated with Customs. These fees and tariffs are not included in either the purchase and/or shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
All prints are printed on high quality archival paper and signed by me. Allow 1 to 2 business days to print, prepare and ship your item. Note: due to computer monitors differences in colors may vary. The color in your prints is likely to differ somewhat from what you see on your monitor. My studio printing set-up produces a beautifully rich result from years of practice and adjustment. Any copyright mark visible in the on-line shop will not be included on your print.

Now offering a large print size version (proportionally within a 13" x 19" format) to any image now listed in the shop as 8" x 10" The large versions are printed on high quality archival paper. Please contact me if there's one you'd like available and I'll happily post it.

I'm open to wholesale inquires. Feel free to contact me with your requests.