Cheeming Boey, generally known as just Boey, was at a coffee shop and needed something on which to write down his ideas. He didn’t have any paper, so he found the next best thing–his coffee cup. After seeing some incredibly awesome results, the Malaysian animator and artist continued sketching on the creative surface and has since produced a wide range of awesome foam coffee cup designs.
Using a black Sharpie pen, Boey creates all kinds of scenes from landscapes and portraits to imaginary adventures. During the drawing process, he keeps paper handy nearby to sketch out ideas before committing them to the final cup design. You can watch a timelapse video, below, showing Boey in action.
At the very beginning of his career, Boey’s friend asked him what he was going to do with all of these random cup drawings. When Boey said maybe he would sell them, his friend replied, “No one’s gonna buy that crap.” With those words, Boey accepted the challenge, determined to prove his friend wrong. He is now quite popular, most recognized for these cup illustrations that can be purchased on his Etsy shop or through his website. Boey says, “The difference between a dream and reality is just doing it. If you want to get something done, or if you have a dream, don’t wait. Just go for it.”