Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has become a household name in Malaysia.
The Health Director-General has been one of the main faces of Malaysia’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
And it’s undeniably thanks to him that the country has managed to decrease the number of reported COVID-19 cases to single digits.
So it’s really no surprise that many Malaysians look up to the doctor.
What is surprising is the beautiful and soulful portrait of Noor Hisham by this talented local Malaysian artist.
In an interview with the Malay Mail, artist Luqman Hakim said he had been planning for many months to draw a tribute portrait of the doctor.
And inspiration sparked in a Starbucks outlet.
“Suddenly I got an idea, instead of using normal paper, why not just draw the portrait of him on a Starbucks cup,” he said to the Malay Mail.
It took him roughly an hour to finish the portrait while he was at the Starbucks outlet.
Luqman was surprised and touched by the positive feedback and praise he had received since his artwork went viral on Malaysian social media through his friend’s Twitter post.
“I felt like I wanted to cry after the pain and challenges that I’ve gone through, all the struggles as an autistic artist.”
The Director-General himself tweeted out a thank you to Luqman.
Thank you sir. Its a greatest thing what you have done for Malaysia in this covid 19 period. I really wanted to pay tribute to you.
— Luqman Hakim (@luqmanhakimarts) July 2, 2020
Even Starbucks Malaysia noticed his talented portrait and praised his art!
Such a beautiful tribute 😍❤️ https://t.co/L2hDJ1WZ0F
— Starbucks Malaysia (@StarbucksMY) July 2, 2020
This is definitely not the first time Dr. Noor Hisham has received fan art though.
Other artists have also made beautiful portraits.
Like this one artist who made a portrait of the Director-General, not by drawing but by using 4219 screws.
There have even been enamel pins dedicated to the brave doctor.
Datuk Dr Noor Hisham; a calm hero that worth to be your next favourite pin!
Only 50 pins made. Each pin is stamped between 1️⃣ to 5️⃣0️⃣. Only RM25 per pin.
DM us to order.
P/s; we sent a few of these to KKM. Hopefully the man itself response! 👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/0n89WkHLdN
— GampangPins (@GampangPins) May 17, 2020
And this black and white portrait accompanied by a harmonica cover of “Gemilang.”
Amazing work everyone!