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Published April 08, 2016 Updated November 24, 2023

Dogs

‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016

2016 USA Chet Phillips Dogs Fantasy Literature Movies & Film Music Pop Culture Add to Collection

‘Dogs’ is an original deck of playing cards showcasing 52 canine portraits in four suits caricatured as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by freelance illustrator Chet Phillips. Not only are the portraits superb but also the names given to each dog. A good reminder that people do look like their dogs!

‘Dogs’ playing cards created by Chet Phillips, 2016

Above: the suits of hearts and clubs depict literary figures and artists, respectively. Chet had considered adding court graphics, but deferred in the end, keeping the focus on the dog portraits and puns. “Perhaps the closest I came, in a subtle way, of "kingliness" etc. was being mindful of the hierarchy of figures - Marlon Brando, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Elvis etc. as the pinnacles of their craft.”

‘Dogs’ playing cards created by Chet Phillips, 2016

Above: diamonds and spades depict famous musicians and film stars. All the numeral cards also depict canine portraits.

‘Dogs’ playing cards created by Chet Phillips, 2016 ‘Dogs’ playing cards created by Chet Phillips, 2016

Above: the poker-sized pack is completed with 4 suit cards, two different jokers, an extra card and a custom back design, manufactured to a high quality and presented inside a smart tuck box. Available to purchase here

Chet Phillips also created Steam Ark Playing Cards

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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