BUKIT MERTAJAM: An eight-year-old boy’s talent in art has caught public attention after his mother shared his sketches and drawings on social media.
When Dihya Muhammad Fateh Mohd Faridil Amir was between three and seven years old, he used to sketch cartoon characters such as Boboiboy, Ejen Ali, Naruto and Ultraman, and animated characters.But since March, he has turned to portraits.
“Fateh’s interest in drawing began when he was three and he used to draw cartoons, especially Ultraman characters, on the walls of our house.
“As parents, we never stopped him as we wanted to encourage him to express his creativity,” said his mother Khairunisa Mamat.
“He would secretly draw portraits of people, especially those he came across while we are out dining or shopping at the mall,” she told Bernama.
Khairunisa, 34, said Fateh, the fourth of five siblings, learned to draw through tutorials by Amamijan, Ali Haider and Devon Rondriguez on YouTube.
He would take 15 to 20 minutes to complete a portrait.
His father Mohd Faridil Amir Shobri, 38, said the reason they shared Fateh’s works of art was to document their son’s life journey and to teach him to accept constructive criticism.
“Fateh reads the comment section and takes note of them to improve his drawings,” he said, adding that some people would commend him for his efforts and this had motivated him further.
As for Fateh, he voiced hope of becoming a professional artist.
He also hoped to attend a portrait painting course.
“I draw portraits because I want to make people happy, and every time I see them smile when I hand over my drawing, it makes me feel good.
“Some wanted to pay me after I had drawn their portrait but I refused to accept it.
“I am doing this for free because drawing is my passion,” he added.