Designer: Kelli Anderson by john cheng

I just discovered designer Kelli Anderson and a great video about her and her process and I'm blown away! I love everything about her thought process and how she's not stuck at her computer designing, but designing in a very intentional and active way beyond her desk. Definitely a new rock star design inspiration for me.

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.

Umbrella by john cheng

Watch Oliver Ruuger as he carefully crafts an umbrella.

After honing his craft producing exclusively made-to-order pieces, we are proud to present the very first retail collection from Oliver Ruuger. The collection launches with four distinct umbrellas, commissioned especially for in a custom range of materials and colourways.

Watchmaker Reassembles a Rolex by john cheng

As 2014 winds down and time presses on forward, celebrate by watching this amazing video of a watchmaker reassembling the intricate pieces of a Rolex. These pieces help us measure the time that seems to always escape us. How will you live in 2015?

Watchfinder & Co. presents: Inside the Rolex Submariner, a demonstration of the intricacies of the Rolex calibre 3135. WF&Co. Head Watchmaker Tony Williams shows you how this famous movement is taken apart and reassembled. A History of the Rolex Submariner: First revealed to the public in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was a diving watch for everyone.

Sold Art Lithography by john cheng

Watch the amazing process behind Ella & Pitr lithographs created the old-fashioned way. This video makes me want to try it out for myself!

Sold Art présente la première lithographie rehaussée à la main de Ella & Pitr. Éditée à 30 exemplaires, signée et numérotée par les artistes. Imprimé sur une presse lithographique Marinoni-Voirin Disponible sur Sold Art presents the first lithography hand embellished by Ella & Pitr. Limited edition of 30, signed and numbered by the artists. Available on Filmé et édité par : Benoit Roche Musiques : Nine Inch Nails-28 Ghosts IV & Kaffé, Crème : Merci à l'imprimeur : et au lithographe : Marc Melzassard Merci Ella & Pitr :

Pixel Art by john cheng

Watch the process behind pixel artist artist Octavi Navarro based out of Barcelona, Spain. Pixel art is no easy feat. Find more of his work at Pixel Huh or view more videos on youtube.

"The Secret". Pixel Art Illustration by Octavi Navarro. 2014. Music: "Mystical II" by Jennifer Goodemberger.

Pixel Art illustration by Octavi Navarro. 2014.

Aaron Draplin Designs a Logo by john cheng

Aaron Draplin of Field Notes was asked by to go through the process of designing a logo. I love his process because this is pretty much exactly how I work. I always encourage new up and coming designers to use pencil and paper rather than going directly into the computer and mocking things up.

Be sure to watch until the very end and get Draplin's bits of advice about freelancing.

Watch more like this at Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won't just live in PDFs.

Space Whisky by john cheng

Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland partnered with Texas space research company NanoRacks back in 2011 to launch a vial of unmatured malt and charred oak pieces into orbit.

The vial was launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket with a control vial kept in the Ardbeg distillery. The vial is scheduled to return back to earth on September 12, 2014 and a comparison of the two whiskeys will be made to see the effects of microgravity conditions on the maturation process.


If you want to know more about the scotch whisky process, watch the video below!

Side Project: Sculpting A Toy by john cheng

Initial thumbnail sketch of the figure.

Sculpting and making toys is something that I've always enjoyed doing, but do not consider as one of my strong suits. I have been wanting to sculpt this caricature of myself for a while and do resin castings of it.

Finally last night, I got tired of wishing and decided to take action instead and began sculpting for the first time in a long while. The unfortunate part of the process last night was not being able to find my old sculpting tools. I stored them away somewhere and have yet to find them. Instead I used some Niji wood carving tools and the handle of a tiny paint brush.

The tiny armature wire frame that I used as his skeleton.

So far he is able to stand on his own, but I haven't even added in his cowlick hair. I'm definitely worried about the overall balance of the figure and have a lot of room to fail still, but it should be a fun process none the less. Wish me luck!

I'll post more images as this project moves forward. Be sure to follow my instagram @johnengcheng if you want to see more process photos not only of this project, but other ones as well.

I hot glued the wire to a wooden base so that I could build up the clay slowly and easily remove it later on.

I hot glued the wire to a wooden base so that I could build up the clay slowly and easily remove it later on.

The majority of the body is built up here.

The majority of the body is built up here.

His ears and eyes were added. Still a long way to go!

His ears and eyes were added. Still a long way to go!

Upholstered Furniture And A Desire To Learn by john cheng

I'm a strong believer in understanding how things work. How are things made, where are they made, what tools are needed, what craft is involved and etc. I used to believe that this type of thinking was the result of my years of education in an arts environment, but as of late, I've realized that this attitude and curiosity of mine was instilled by my father. My father used to take me to factories in Taiwan and show me where automotive parts were made. He taught me the process of production by showing me the machines that pressed sheets of steel in to shaped components that would fit into a car.

As a clear result of how my father has influenced me, I love watching process videos and seeing how things are made. Watch and see how upholstered furniture comes together piece by piece.

Thanks dad for instilling the desire to learn in me!

Wind Waker Mastersword Prop by john cheng

The past few weeks, I've been watching Inside Adam Savage's Cave on
and have been extremely inspired to make things again. I loved making things as a child, experimenting with materials in college, and I still do occasionally make things. But my day job, freelancing, painting, and life in general have taken most of my time.

But after watching Adam Savage work on side projects on top of doing Mythbusters and seeing a glimpse of what goes on in his head, I've found that I have no excuse not to make things. If I enjoy creating and making objects, then I should make the time to do it.

And so the first project that I've dived into immediately is making the Wind Waker Mastersword. I love the way the blade is out of proportion to the other Zelda games, but that is exactly why I wanted to build it.

Initially i was going to build the frame of the blade out of cut and flattened pvc, but that was way too much work for something so simple and also too heavy. Instead I used chipboard to line up where the edge of the blade would be and glue gun thicker pieces of foam core on either side to give the blade a bit more depth.

The next step was to use bondo and fill the space between the foam core and the chip board. I purchased bondo from Home Depot, but I failed to pay attention to details and picked up Bondo-Glass, which I think is fiberglass reinforced bondo. Since I had already purchased it, I figured i would just give it a go, mostly because i was too lazy to go back to home depot.

That was definitely a mistake because upon drying, the bondo-glass was way to difficult to sand and far too heavy for the light weight foam core blade tang to hold up. I ended up throwing it away and starting over once I picked up a new bucket of bondo filler.

Bondo filler was be far much easier to sand and also to somewhat remedy the weight strain issue on the tang, I cut out a small middle portion of the tang so that i could fill it with bondo on both sides. I will most likely be making a mold of this later on but for now it will hold. The blade itself still has many gaps and holes that I will need to clean up with more bondo, but I'm leaving that for later as I continue to cut out pieces of foam core for the hilt of the sword. Once all of the base pieces are cut, I'll continue to bondo and sand until it is to my liking, and begin making molds of each piece.

I have a long way to go, but so far its been really fun to figure out how to complete this project. I'll post more later on when I'm further along in the project.

Nomos Glashuette Watches by john cheng

Watches are extremely intricate devices that have the ability to capture our most abstract commodity of time. Catch a glimpse of the process of creating one of the most beautiful pieces of machinery man has created that is now being replaced by the clocks on our phones.

Plenty of tradition and handcraft-combined with high-tech, where it outperforms handcraft: That is NOMOS Glashütte. All our movements are built in-house and by ourselves in Glashütte. This also applies to our watches-Tangente, Orion, Zürich and all the other models-many of which are already considered classics.