I'm Soulanaut from New York, now living in Orange County, CA. I started drawing at the age of 8 or 9. I used to do a lot of the artwork for my elementary school and high school. You would always see my artwork displayed somewhere. I won my first art contest at the age of 13.
The most defining moment of my life occurred in the 9th grade. My art teacher was the first to notice the brilliance in my work. She said i had a real talent in drawing cartoons and caricatures. She told me to start drawing them on big boards and paint them in. That's when i started drawing and making collages full of my characters and portraits.
Everybody else in class had to do the same thing, work on the projects they assigned. T hey allowed me to be a free bird to express myself in my own creative way. That's why i have a unique distinctive style today...thanks to them. I was never a protege of my teacher. There are many artists with more skill than what i have, but i stand out because of my creativity. My creativity is why i won a few art contests.