A Taradale High School student's artistic skills have been nationally recognised after coming second in a Yoobee Colleges competition.

But Justin Cheung had almost completely forgotten about the competition altogether.

"I saw the competition when it was announced just over a month ago and sort of put it to the side in my head for a while and then just a few days before entries had to be handed in a friend of mine reminded me of it," Cheung said.

"So I spent a couple of days planning what I was going to do and pretty much the day before I had to hand it in I spent from 6pm that night to 2am painting it and putting it altogether."

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Yoobee Colleges is New Zealand's largest specialist creative and IT college.

Even though he was second in the 'Wellington with a Twist' category he says it wasn't near some of his best work.

"To be honest it's not really my best work because I was sort of rushed in doing it and thought I could have done it a little better."

Cheung said the piece he painted was to shed light on an alternate future which was ruled by a sort of power hungry society.

"The painting itself is sort of a look at an alternate future where the sort of power and influence in the country all centralised into one place and on the back of a mechanical looking hermit crab as it collects influence and power as it travels around the country."

For a long period of time he considered art as a simple hobby but the 18-year-old aims to hone his skills to pursue a dream job as a concept/character artist for film and animation.

He has already had his talents on display having hosted a week long art exhibition in Napier in August last year, where he was able to show off some of his best work to creative industry in the region.

"That was a great experience for me and to see people view my work and what I can do was amazing."

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