This Malaysian Makes Digital Art Using A VR Headset – And They're Beautiful

Taking art to a whole new 'reality'.

Cover image via @ronaldwookie92 (TikTok) & Ronald Liew (Provided to SAYS)

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Meet Ronald Liew.

He's a Malaysian digital artist who makes vibrant and beautiful art using a VR headset.

The 30-year-old artist from Puchong, Selangor, has been making 3D VR art for two years and recently went viral on TikTok.

"I make 3D VR art in my free time, and in my full-time job, I work as a lead animator in a local game studio called Passion Republic," Liew told SAYS in an interview.

"It's just my honest expression about what I feel inside"

When asked whether he's always been using a VR headset that comes with a pair of controllers to make art, he told us, "Yes, I've been making digital art using VR. Previously, I only did traditional art, where I mostly drew and painted in my free time for around five years."

He describes his art style as 'art diarrhoea', where he doesn't really take his art too seriously.

In one of his videos, he created a 3D model of the siren from an episode of Love, Death & Robots, "Jibaro"

Liew explained that VR art is a different way of crafting art, where he doesn't have to worry too much about perspective or composition. Through VR, he is able to focus more on the design and subject matter.

He also prefers using a VR headset while making digital art because it allows him to duplicate strokes and shapes, making it the most efficient method in terms of time and effort.

"For example, if I had to paint strands of hair in Procreate, it would require quite a bit of time and meticulous attention to detail. But in VR, I can create one strand of hair, then duplicate and reuse those assets in a very fast and efficient way," Liew said.

This way, he is able to finish a simple piece of art in a short amount of time and it allows him to create something new every day in a productive manner.

Currently, he does not accept commissions due to his busy schedule

In the next five years, Liew hopes to have his own gallery, or be part of a gallery show where Malaysians get to experience a different original form of local Malaysian art. 

Check out his videos on TikTok.

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