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9 Famous Artists On Social Media You Probably Did Not Know Were Malaysians

Yes, all of them are Malaysians. Don't doubt it. Celebrate it.

Cover image via lokamade Instagram @pencilhead7

1. @feigiap

Chong Fei Giap is the artist behind watercolour-like digital drawings that mesmerise you with a familiar look of Malaysia or a colourful ‘dystopia’ with wandering anime-style Malaysian high school students. 

Other than launching his own merchandise, designing limited edition Touch 'N Go cards, and making Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng smile with his drawings, Chong has also been featured on multiple top digital artist lists and has worked in the creative industry for over eight years.

We are sure you have seen his work somewhere on the web before.

Image via lokamade

You can follow Chong on Instagram and Facebook.

2. @fishballishere

Comic artist Fishball - whose real name is Tay Yen Ee -  runs the comic series ‘My Giant Nerd Boyfriend’, which is so famous to the extent that she has been invited to the New York Comic Con twice!

'My Giant Nerd Boyfriend' tells the adorable stories of Tay living with her gigantic boyfriend who towers at 199cm tall.

Her comic can be found in prints, comic sites, and it even recently got adapted into an animated series on WEBTOON.

You can follow Tay on Instagram and Facebook.

3. @cartoonhooligans

The first Malaysian to ever hit one million subscribers on YouTube is not JinnyBoy, Alieff Irfan, or Namewee. It is Bram Lee who hides behind parodies of comic book characters he draws and animates, reported New Straits Times.

Hailing from Sungai Petani, Kedah, Lee is the one-man show behind Cartoon Hooligans. His most successful video titled 'Dragon Ball Z VS Marvel Superheroes' racked up over 83 million views - a count that is almost three times the population of Malaysia.

Frustrated by the creative freedom he faced as a freelance 3D artist, he started Cartoon Hooligans to create animated videos with quirky adult humour.

YouTube is now his full-time job and he has a team working with him. His aim is to create original cartoon characters and original series, reported R.AGE.

His YouTube subscriber count has gone up to 2.6 million as of October 2019.

Check out Cartoon Hooligan's work on YouTube and Facebook.

4. @hanzastudio

Not revealing their identity, Hanza is the person responsible for the popular webcomic 'My Deepest Secret' available on WEBTOON.

Speaking to SAYS, Hanza said they are 23 years old and hails from Kota Bahru, Kelantan.

Unlike many webcomic artists that focus on one-page comedic relief, Hanza's comic is a series that has run 30 episodes as of 31 October 2019.

'My Deepest Secret' follows the story of charming boyfriend Elios who gets jealous easily and becomes murderous once someone hurts his girlfriend, Emma.

Hanza's series is so popular to the point that fans have started cosplaying and drawing fanarts of the characters. If that is not a sign of success, we do not know what is.

You can follow Hanza Studio on Instagram and Facebook.

5. @zeenchin

The reason why there are 140,000 people following Zeen Chin on social media is simple: they cannot get enough of Chin's eerie and sometimes not safe for work (NSFW) digital arts.

Chin is a Kuala Lumpur-based illustrator and concept artist, who works as an art director in a 3D CGI animation studio.

When he is not creating characters for games, he produces spectacular arts that are cryptic and demonic in nature.

His work is so stunning, there are even people tattooing his art on their bodies.

You can follow Chin on Instagram and Facebook.

6. @pencilhead7

Ahmad Safwan is no stranger of seeing his work going viral on social media. Under the pseudonym 'pencilhead7', Ahmad creates parodies of comic book characters that will surely give you a chuckle. 

His work has been reshared by many comic book enthusiast pages, sparking serious discussion among hardcore fans.

Ahmad also often creates his own version of upcoming movie posters.

You can follow pencilhead7 on Instagram.

Nixon Siow is a veteran comic book artist in Malaysia with four published comic books and over 200,000 followers on Facebook.

Have you seen this post below? It was shared over 102,000 times!

Crazy Rich Guy strikes again!

Posted by Nixon Siow on Friday, November 30, 2018

Siow creates incredibly relatable comics, which he draws inspiration from either talking to his friends, observing things in his daily life, or incidents that have happened to him.

He told SAYS that he started drawing when he was 10 years old and that Old Master Q (老夫子) was a huge inspiration for him.

It is a must for you to follow Siow so that you will not miss Siow’s newest character Crazy Rich Guy’s latest adventure.

You can follow Siow on Instagram and Facebook.

8. @moodoodles

Malaysian illustrator Marissa Voo’s bubble tea bingo went viral earlier in June. It not only helped to push the bubble tea craze further, it even got her featured in theSundaily

In April 2018, a month before Malaysia's 14th General Election, Voo also created a seven-step checklist to guide electorates on how to cast their votes. The post was shared over 6,600 times then.

Under the name MOODOODLES, Voo features countless typography arts, adorable hand-painted doodles, and infographics.

You can follow Voo on Instagram and Facebook.

According to his Behance page, Ronald Ong is a 21-year-old self-taught digital artist and a medical student based in Penang.

A quick look at his Instagram with over 300,000 followers, you will see Ong creates many quirky images that fuse two very different subjects together.

Sometimes, it is a hybrid of two animals; sometimes, it is a food-infused animal. 

You can follow Ong on Instagram.

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