A YouTube video entitled “Red – Painting with a Basketball – Yao Ming Portrait” by a Malaysian girl from Sabah has gone viral.
Malaysian architect Hong Yi posted the video of herself creating a painting of Yao Ming using a basketball about 3 weeks ago. The video was featured by Gizmodo on its website on 25th Jan and quickly became viral, spreading to other online sites such as ABC, CBC, NBC, Hufftington Post,ESPN and NBA. The Taiwanese newspapers picked up the news, followed by the West Malaysian Chinese papers who gave her front page coverage. The Phoenix Channel in Hong Kong also posted the video.
Hong Yi goes by her arty nickname Red because in Chinese ‘Hong’ means red. She has always loved to draw, especially cartoons, and even when she was studying architecture, her secret ambition was to work for Pixar. She has been attached to the Shanghai branch of Australia’s largest architecture firm since last year.
She loves to paint, but according to her YouTube channel, she “loves to paint, but without a paintbrush!”
Below is the video of her creating her red painting of Yao Ming, using a basketball. Amazing talent!