AN IMBALI Unit BB4 self-taught pencil artist has been nominated for the KwaZulu-Natal Young Achievers Awards that will take place on September 7 at the Durban ICC.Artist Nkanyiso Madondo was nominated in the category of visual arts. Speaking to Echo, Madondo said he was informed about his nomination last week. He said he is still shocked and is still trying to come to terms with the good news.“This is huge for me. I never thought that, as a self-taught pencil artist, I would get a nomination for an award in the whole province. “I feel so honoured. I wish that I could win this award as a I believe that it will open many closed doors for me,” he said.Madondo said what makes these awards more special to him is that they are made for youngsters who are making a difference or who are an inspiration, saying: “I want to use my talent not only for my benefit but also to be an inspiration to other people who have a love for pencil drawing. I want them to know that you can go far with this kind of art.”Madondo said he has always had a love for drawing and said he started drawing in 2002 when he was still in Grade 2. “I used to draw Dragon Ball cartoons on the road and then switched to drawing cars. I would draw cars that I designed myself because I always think out of the box and I want to be unique.“In 2007 I then started drawing artists like 50 Cent. I would draw him repeatedly because I loved him,” he said. Madondo said his love and passion grew and became stronger and in 2011, while he was doing Grade 11, he helped a friend who was running for the Representative Council of Learners (RCL) with his campaign.“As part of his campaign he asked me to draw his face so that pupils could vote for him. Everyone loved my drawing and that is when I started taking it seriously. “After Grade 12 I then started teaching myself and doing research on drawing using pencil. Since then I have never stopped. Even now I am still learning from the people who are already at the top and doing well,” he said.To follow Madondo’s journey through the awards visit his Facebook Page at Nkanyiso KaSikelela Madondo.