Kickstarter | Penxo by john cheng

Recently I've returned to using 2mm mechanical pencils to get a more organic feel in my sketches. I love the sharp point of a 0.5 mm pencil, but it was just too rigid for me.

But me being me, I search near and far for the writing utensil best suited for me. This also means that form and function must be on the same level. In the case of my everyday carry pen, I searched for about 2 years before landing happily on the Karas Kustoms Retrakt with a Parker Pen fine ball point tip refill. The aesthetics of the pen are beautiful and the function of the Parker refill suit my writing and sketching needs perfectly.

I'm undergoing the same process at the moment with my pencil. Currently I'm using a Staedtler 2mm pencil and functionality wise, it works fine. The aesthetics portion however, are just so so in my opinion. But as always, Kickstarter seems to save the day. I discovered the Penxo today and immediately backed the project! It is such a beautiful and simple writing utensil an the perfect mix of beauty and utility. I just hope that when I receive my very own Penxo, it will hold up to it's presumed glory.

Kickstarter: A Mechanical Pencil That Will Last You A Lifetime by john cheng

I'm a pen and pencil addict. I love finding writing utensils that are well crafted. Andrew Sanderson has created a mechanical pencil on kickstarter that fits this category. Not to mention the aluminum version of this pencil will match the aluminum Retrakt by Karus Customs that was also funded through kickstarter.

Hurry and back it now! The reward tiers are beginning to run out and it's still got 50 days left!

Back to the Basics by john cheng


I have been staring at my computer for far too long lately. From my day job designing to more designing after work at home. As a result of constantly using digital means to create work, my drawing hand has become rusty. Last night I picked up my brush again after a couple of weeks of not painting, and had a very frustrating non-productive evening.

What I sought to accomplish on my painting did not occur, but rather I made many bad marks that I now need to revisit and do over. What is the lesson learned from this? I need to draw more and physically render with my hands rather than constantly be stuck behind a screen.

The concept of physically creating with your own two hands is not new to me, but with the constant barrage of new technology being born, I find myself needing to be more intentional with doing more analog work. So in the case of drawing and painting, use it or you really might just lose it.

New goal: draw something everyday, even if its just a tiny doodle.