DIY

Lifted: No. 1 by john cheng

 Click the image to read the comic.

Click the image to read the comic.

I haven't posted in a very long time, but I felt like sharing what I had worked on towards the end of last year. It had been a long time coming, but I really wanted to try writing a comic where I could pour in all of my random interests and create a world where I could vicariously have fantastical adventures through. 

The process of writing and illustrating it myself was quite a learning experience and I'd like to do more of it in the future and hope that I get better at it too. I was originally going to keep it to myself, but I figured ... why not? You can click the image above to read the comic. I hope you enjoy it!

If you happen to really like the comic and want a physical copy, you can purchase one through blurb.com by clicking the thumbnail of the cover.

Optimist by john cheng

Great video by Eric Friedensohn on how to look at life with a different perspective. There are things in life that you have no control over, and if we take a step back and look at the silver lining of things, we can live life just a bit happier.

On August 1st, 2014 I left everything behind. I ran for my life out of my apartment as it went up in flames, taking everything I owned with it. This shocking event forced me into unknown territory with only the clothes my back. When the fire department let us back inside, I went in to see what I could salvage. Amongst some small items was a rough sketch I was working on earlier in the week, a lettering piece –­ “Optimist". Taking it as a sign, I held fast to this notion of gratefulness and positivity, looking for the silver lining at each turn. As luck would have it, that positivity came right back around to me. In the following weeks, I received an overwhelming amount of support and love from my friends, family and extended community, and was able to get back on my feet. This story serves as an important reminder to keep moving forward, even under the worst of circumstances. A huge thanks goes out to my brother Josh, my parents, Casey, Gary & Marlene Dworkin for helping through it all. I also want to thank John Langdon, Swayspace Letterpress, MKG, and Perk Kafe. An extra special thanks to the team who put this video together. Director- Matt Figler | Producer - Jess Lee | Editor- Cory McCabe | Music- Blueberry by Jesiah Read the full story – www.efdotstudio.com/blog/august1 Purchase letterpress prints here – www.efdotstudio.com/optimist (100% of proceeds go to disaster victims in need of immediate aid)

Waiting by john cheng

I've noticed that I can sometimes get impatient when waiting in line for a restaurant or for any other type of queue, but I'm learning to take in these moments and enjoy them as they are.

Even in times like these, just waiting around, I can spend with my wife and be content that we are here together at that very moment. This segment in time has come and passed and will never happen again.

Its the little things in life ...

You Won't Regret That Tattoo by john cheng

A great documentary that explores the memories behind tattoos of an older generation that really challenges the idea that ink is something we'll regret later down the line. Moreover, the film really takes you to a place of intimacy. You get to hear the stories behind some of the tattoos these people have gotten and the film also forces you to think twice before you judge a book by its cover. There is most likely a reason behind that tattoo, why not take the time to hear the story behind it?

'You Wont Regret That Tattoo' is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something we will come to regret. FILM CREDITS Director: Angie Bird Producer: Michelle Woodward Executive Producer: Michelle Woodward Executive Producer: Liane Thomas Executive Producer: Dan Ford Cinematographer: Viktor Cahoj Editor: Izzy Ehrlich Set Designer: Simon Francois Art Director: Angie Bird Post Production: Rooster Post Post Production Executive: Melissa Kahn Colour: Alter Ego Colourist: Tricia Hagoriles Producer: Jane Garrah Executive Producer: Greg Edgar Graphic Design and Post Production Facility: Crush Graphic Designer: Stefan Woronko VFX Artist: Kaelem Cahill Post Producer: Emma Wojick Music Supervisors: Marco DiFelice and Amanda Clemens for Silent Joe Post Audio: The Orange Lounge Mixed by: Spencer Sunshine Music Composed by: Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser

Medium: Why You Turn Up by john cheng

This is what I need...

You turn up because of the people around you.

You know, the ones with common interests and sense of ambition.

The ones who want to invent new things and do old things better.

The ones whose distortion of reality present challenges that stretch you.

The ones who give you freedom to do things differently.

The ones you trust not to drop the ball (there are no ball droppers here).

You even turn up for the ones who grate on you (they’re also brilliant).

You turn up because the people around you value what you do.

They believe in you and give you what you need.

Together you create something more than a job.

Don’t settle for anything less.

DIY: Industrial Pipe Stools by john cheng

It's Friday! If you have no plans for the weekend, maybe it's time to create a few industrial pipe stools for your home. Love Grows Wild has a great DIY tutorial on how to build these awesome stools, so hurry and gather your supplied to build these before the weekend passes you by.

DIY Mini BB-8 by john cheng

As many should know by now, BB-8 the spherical droid, is not cgi. The droid is an actual physical object that the actors were able to interact with. BB-8 has been developed with the aid of Sphero the company that developed the smartphone controlled RC ball.

Well Christian Poulsen has already hacked said RC ball into a mini BB-8! If you want to build your own little BB-8, Poulsen has a breakdown on how to make one at Make:

Playing catch with my home made BB-8 Droid. Check out more of my work here: http://www.cp3d.us/ And the building process here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-this-mini-star-wars-bb-8-ball-droid-with-a-hacked-sphero/

Tested: Felt Creatures with Woolbuddy by john cheng

Norm from Tested interviews Jackie Huang from "Woolbuddies" at WonderCon 2015. I saw this guy a few years back at Dcon and his kits are amazing. I'm thinking about buying a kit again!

If you're looking for a fun weekend project or a fun DIY gift for someone, this is definitely a fun project to pick up.

At WonderCon, we meet up with Jackie Huang, an artist who sculpts with felt to create fantastic creatures. Jackie's "Woolbuddies" take the form of everything from adorable owls to giant dragons and even an R2-D2 droid. We learn about the felting process and get a quick demo!

How To Turn Styrofoam, Into Solid Aluminum by john cheng

Watch the latest King of Random video that uses Styrofoam to create an aluminum positive. Time to heat up that crucible!

Here's how to turn almost any styrofoam creation you can think up, into solid aluminum. It's almost like magic! :) See more metal casting experiments: http://bit.ly/PopCanMelting Next Video: Coming Soon! Previous Video: Homemade Microwave Popcorn: http://bit.ly/MicrowavePopcorn Subscribe for new videos every 5 days! http://bit.ly/TKoRSubscribe Join my email list!

Do With Less by john cheng

I haven't been stressed about money per se, but I've been concerned over my spending habits and have wondering if I'm living beyond my means. The idea of living paycheck to paycheck frightens me, but luckily, I've been able to save up over the years so that my fear over spending money has no real solid ground. But still, I must keep myself in check.

The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.
— Lynda Barry

I read the above quote today on Austin Kleon's blog post "Keep your overhead low" and it piqued my interest. Especially the equation he provided:

Low overhead + “do what you love” = a good life.
“I deserve nice things” + “do what you love” = a time bomb.

Seeing the word 'overhead' automatically has an association with business plans, but really can be applied to our lives as well. Too often do I see people living beyond their means only to fall back and suddenly realize that they really shouldn't have spent that money. Then I turn that lens on myself and see the same thing. We live in a world that thrives on consumerism and shuns those around us that don't have the latest iPhone, but when it comes down to it, does owning high end 'status symbols' change who you really are? I would argue no, you are still who you are, just more in debt.

Live frugally so you can do the work you want to do. Save up some “screw you” money, so you can quit a job you hate to take a job you like better. Turn away venture capital money and bootstrap so you can keep control over your business.

Remember, you define you, not your stuff. Create more, spend less.

Creative Mornings: Ben Chestnut Co-Founder of Mailchimp by john cheng

This is a great Creative Mornings talk with Ben Chestnut, Co-founder of Mailchimp. A must watch, in my opinion, for everyone.

Mailchimp Founder Ben Chestnut speaks on one of the most poignant topics of all time, quitting your job to do what you love. Ben Chestnut at CreativeMornings Atlanta, December 2011. Free events like this one are hosted every month in dozens of cities.

How to Care for Your Raw Denim Jeans with Mr. Porter x Michael Williams by john cheng

Michael Williams, founder of A Continuous Lean, was asked by Mr. Porter to create a short tutorial on how to properly care for your raw denim jeans. I think I've been caring for my jeans completely incorrectly. Time to change my jean care habits.

Denim aficionado Mr Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean offers a definitive care guide, busting a few myths in the process

DIY: Sriracha! by john cheng

For all you peeps who put sriracha on everything, it's time to start making your own! Check out this awesome recipe to make your own sriracha at home and don't forget to protect yourself while making it. I'm sure it'll burn like crap if you get it on yourself. Find the recipe at Americaskitchenfeed.com!

Inhibitions by john cheng

'Inhibitions' is the latest piece that I've completed. It was a really fun piece to do, but also a great learning process in terms of overcoming my fear of painting over precious brush strokes that I had already laid down. Painting is a process and you can't get too attached to any part of it because, at any moment, it has the potential to be changed.

One of the ways that I helped myself get over this was painting a smaller version as a study to mess around with. It was something tiny that I didn't have to worry too much about and allowed me to be more fluid and free with slapping wherever I wanted to.

Adam Savage Builds the Hedge Maze from The Shining by john cheng

Adam Savage designs and builds an accurate replica of the hedge maze model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Get an inside look into how he thinks and plans out the process of his builds.

Watch our in-depth discussion of this maze build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRAqx8stEnY Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it.

The Atlantic: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone by john cheng

I think we all have trouble with this whether we admit it or not. Let's just try and embrace a bit of boredom and see what may come of it.

Remember what it's like to be bored? A New York public radio show asked thousands of its listeners to stop checking their phones and see where their minds took them. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi takes James Hamblin to Science House in Manhattan to experience purposeful boredom-and see what creative breakthroughs came.