Man at Arms: Hylian Shield by john cheng

The guys over at Man at Arms: Reforged build the Hylian Shield from scratch. Awesome!

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Link's Hylian Shield from Zelda!

Stolen Fan Art by john cheng

Being a creative, it's important to market yourselves in anyway possible. One of such ways is creating fan art of things that we enjoy to hone our skills, and the only way to really show this is to post these types of work online.

It becomes very unfortunate when someone else decides to copy and paste your work found online and sell them for profit without consent. Recently a good friend of mine, Stephanie Chow, discovered that BubulinkShop has taken some of our fan work and decided to sell it without our permission. Please be on the look out for any of these products. We did not give permission for them to take these images.

Netflix: Zelda by john cheng

I'm not sure if I'm excited or nervous about this...

Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog has reported that Netflix will be developing a live-action series based on The Legend of Zelda with help from Nintendo.

The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on “Zelda,” about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule, said a person familiar with the matter. As it seeks writers to work on the show, Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience, this person said.

So far Netflix has not let me down with their original content with Marco Polo being one of these, but there is quite a lot of room for them to mess this up. Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Sage Medallions by john cheng

Playing with Rhino3D has been my life as of late. Since the advent of 3D printing and how quickly it seems to be rising in the limelight, I felt it necessary to be somewhat knowledgeable on 3D rendering. I needed a project, so I decided making signet rings would be a good mixture of ease and difficulty. 

I was also in a fit of nostalgia seeing many images of Legend of Zelda on my feed, resulting in the creation of signet rings for the sages in Ocarina of time. These have never been printed before, but if you're willing to risk 10 bucks or more (depending on the material you pick) you can have your own by ordering from Shapeways!

I've already ordered some samples but they have yet to arrive. Fingers crossed!

Thanks Anime Expo 2014! by john cheng

A really big thank you to every single person that visited my booth this past weekend at Anime Expo!!! You guys rock! Being there four days in a row was a bit rough, especially when you are sitting in the same spot for 8 hours straight. But all in all it was yet another great year of great experiences and meeting new people.

Putting freebies up on social media was definitely included in the list of great experiences. I have never done give-aways like this before, but the results where phenomenal! Below are some of the awesome people that dropped by to pick up their freebies! (I failed pretty hard the first two days by not taking photos of people who came by to pick up free stuff. Lesson learned! I also failed on the blurry phone pics.)

Last but not least, I have to thank all my friends who came to my rescue when I needed to step away from my booth. Thanks again Jono, Phil, Chris, Elisa, Sean, Luke, and Issac!!

If any of you are wondering if some of these prints will be for sale online, they will gradually be posted by next week on theShop! If you saw something you liked but isn't up online, send me a message through the contact form on this site and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again and I hope I see you all again at next years AX!

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!!

Archery Tag by john cheng

Credit Agaton Strom for The New York Times

This seems like a great time to spend with friends if you're a fan of anything that include archery. Whether you're a fan of Lord of the Rings, Zelda, or Hunger Games, you may want to head over to Long Island City in Queens to try your hand at archery tag, one of the many activities provided by Indoor Extreme Sports. If only they had one in Los Angeles, I would gather a group of people to play at the drop of a hat, or in this case an arrow.

Credit Agaton Strom for The New York Times

Wind Waker Mastersword Prop by john cheng

The past few weeks, I've been watching Inside Adam Savage's Cave on tested.com
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.

Re-rendering the Temple of Time by john cheng

Michael Eurek took the well loved game Ocarina of Time and rendered the Temple of Time in the new Unreal Engine 4. This was by far one of my favorite games of all time, if only Zelda:OoT was remade to look like this in it's entirety. Weren't they going to remaster Majora's Mask? I guess not ... so sad.