illustration

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.

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.

A Walk in the Forrest by john cheng

"Life is too short and passes in the blink of an eye. Remember to enjoy each and every second of it because you'll never get it back. And if you can't enjoy your current situation, have the courage to change your attitude about it and also to take action, if possible, to alter the course of your current circumstance."

I really like the look of the Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network with how they place illustrated characters on top of photo backgrounds. I thought I would give it a try with some stock photography I downloaded. Maybe I'll start a new side project?

Seconds by john cheng

I've been on a comic binge. But out of all the comics I've read so far, Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley, stands out the most. I still haven't read Scott Pilgrim by O'Malley, but after reading Seconds, I plan on binge reading through those as well.

If you are a comic fan, O'Malley fan, love illustration or just plain love layout design, you really need to pick up a copy of Seconds. The flow of it is just AMAZING! I borrowed this book from a friend to read, but I need, NEED to own a copy of it.

 

Illustration Inspiration by john cheng

Illustration by Kevin Dart

I've been delving more into my illustration habit the past week or so and have been trolling through some of my favorite illustrators for inspiration.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

The first and foremost source of inspiration and influence will always be Bill Watterson, illustrator and writer of Calvin and Hobbes. He probably has had the biggest influence on me because I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes like my life depended on it. His writing is also very witty and communicates well to an audience of all ages.

After Mr. Watterson, I have a giant list of illustrators that I've come to admire but cannot list them all. For now, I'll list out the ones that I've been attracted to mostly because of their content, color choices, and style.

Illustration by Kali Ciesemier

Kali Ciesemier has beautiful illustrations for many articles as well as her own personal works. What I love about her work is the saturated colors, composition, the thumbnails that she does and the minimal usage of outlines. Her blog is also where I learned about Chris Wahl's brush packs for photoshop. You should download them if you already haven't done so.

Illustration by Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart has some amazing illustrations that I love and adore. There are also rarely any outlines in his work as he uses contrasting colors that sit next to each other to convey the illusion of lines. It is a very basic concept, but difficult to pull off in my opinion but he accomplishes it like no other. His backgrounds are also super detailed and beautiful.

Illustration by Olivia Huynh

Olivia Huynh is yet another illustrator/animator that uses minimal line work. Noticing a trend here? Her work is so full of life and her animated gifs always make me smile. I love her color choices and her composition is impeccable as well.

Illustration by Sam Bosma

Sam Bosma is the only illustrator out of this set that uses more line work, but his line work is so enticing to me mainly because of the precision and textures that are involved with his linework. He has so much variety to the characters he draws and is always pushing his limits on the amount of details he includes in his characters. When his detailed characters all come together in one giant composition, it is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Be sure to also check out the Steven Universe tumblr to check out some more beautiful illustrations under the direction of Kevin Dart and and design of Sam Bosma if you want some more inspiration.

T-Shirts? by john cheng

I've been playing with Daily Feels for a bit now and it's been really fun. But while doing these illustrations day to day, I suddenly had the strongest desire to make a shirt of JohnJohn. It probably won't be until the end of the year/beginning of next year that I'll be able to get these made but what are your thoughts? Should I do it? Would you even want one?

Daily Feels by john cheng

I'm not sure if many people have noticed a new tab in the navigation bar of my site called Daily Feels, and if you haven't, you should check it out!

Daily feels is a caricature of myself, whom I call JohnJohn, that I try to update daily for all the days that I am working and in front of a computer.

Who knows though, I may branch out further and have him do other things besides sitting in front of a computer. So be sure to check out that tab every so often to see what JohnJohn is up to.

Anime Expo 2014 by john cheng

It's that time of the year again! Anime Expo time!!!! 

Every year around this time, I find myself scrambling to get all of my prints in order. Today is one of those days where I'm sitting in my studio prepping prints for the awesome goodness that is AX. I have quite a few new prints this year as well as a few older prints that I used to sell on my etsy under the alias of Paperhooch

My artist alley booth placement this year isn't as desirable as I'd like it to be but that is mostly my fault for registering so late. Initially I was going to pass on this year's AX, but seeing my friends get their own booths this year motivated me to register as well. That being said, I'll be located waaaaay in the back at booth L23. Come and visit!!


Red Print by john cheng

I've had this idea for a new Pokémon parody print for a while and after doing a few more thumbnails yesterday, I hit the ground running creating the entire illustration. It took all night, but I'm very happy with the results just a few more tweaks and I'll be good.

This is just a 2in x 2in sneak peek into small excerpt of a 13in x 19in illustration. Be sure to come and find me at this years Anime Expo Artist Alley if you want to see the entire piece and pick up a copy of your own!

Transistor by john cheng

Transistor is a new Action RPG by developer Supergiant Games that includes sci-fi themes and a weapon of unknown origin. Supergiant Games is also the creator of video game Bastion that was extremely entertaining to play and instilled a new faith that video games on mobile devices can also have immersive storylines. Transistor will drop on May 20, 2014.

Artist: Vince Low by john cheng

Check out artist Vince Low's scribble art. He makes portraits by scribbling and captures the very essence of his subjects. If you like his work, they are available for purchase!

Remember to do what you like, and like what you do.
— Vince Low

Nunovit: John Cheng by john cheng

Big thanks to Jackie Chang of Nunovit for creating this confabulation vid of me and to Naveen Chaubal for the cinematography. Part 2 will be coming soon. Can't wait to see the rest!

By the way, it's is very, very strange to hear yourself talk...