I was born in Hawaii and spent my early childhood there until my family moved to Southern California. I have loved drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil. I would carry my sketchbook everywhere I went so that I could draw everything in my imagination and everything around me. The minute I held that pencil in my little hand, I knew it was the ticket to my imagination! I dreamed of being an artist, wanting to share my ideas with everyone, especially children.
From that point on I focused on drawing and painting, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. In my senior year, I entered my artwork to the Student Show and received 2 awards. Since then I have been featured in Artist's Magazine, Skipping Stones, Utah Valley Magazine, The Daily Herald, Art Quench Magazine, and the Big Bear Grizzly Newspaper.
I have also done work for New Moon Magazine, Ladybug Magazine, Core Knowledge, KRBY Creations LLC, The Friend Magazine, and many others. Some of my favorite books that I illustrated are "The Giraffe that Ate the Moon" by Babl Books, "Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas" by Brown Books Kids, "Back to School with Mac" by Little Pumpkin Press, and "Rock a Bye Baby Hawaii" by BeachHouse Publishing. I just finished 2 more fun books that are coming out this year ("The Adventures of Abby and Taz: The Beginning" and "Off the Chart! The Amazing Story of the Alphabet Zebra" both by Brown Books Kids). You can also find my artwork at the Artisan's Etc Gallery in Big Bear, California. And sometimes you might find me there too!
When I'm not working on a new project or book, you can find me having fun with my 2 daughters, husband, and boxer...or just relaxing at the beach in sunny Los Angeles! You can find more about me and my art on Twitter @alvinakwong, Facebook @alvinakwongillustrator, and Instagram @alvinakwongillustrator. See you there!
E-mail: alvinakwong (at) yahoo (dot) com
Moonbeam Children's Books Award in juvenile fiction - 2015 "Broccoli Chronicles"
National Indie Excellence Award -Children's Fiction Chapter Book 2015 "Broccoli Chronicles" http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2015-winners.htm
Foreward Magazine - Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist, Juvenile Fiction (children's) "Broccoli Chronicles" https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/books/broccoli-chronicles-little-kids-big-voices-book-1/
Foreward Magazine - book review and awarD 2007 for "My Imagination." https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/my-imagination/
brigham young university senior student show - juror's choice award for "SURF DOG, Santa Monica DOG, LITTLE ETHIOPIA DOG, AND CHINATOWN DOG".
brigham young university senior student show - will ward award for "hot air balloon".
Artisans Etc Art Gallery, Big Bear, California
You can find my artwork here in the beautiful mountains of Big Bear, California. This gallery sells books, prints and originals of my artwork. I do frequent the gallery so if you'd like to come say hello, come on by! You can see when the next time I'll be at the gallery on the Events page of my website or click here https://www.alvinakwong.com/events/