ABOUT

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I was born in Hawaii and moved to Southern California where I grew up and enjoyed the beautiful weather and art around me. 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. Capturing my imagination and the things around me was the only way I could bring my ideas to life and to take pictures around me. When I was young I didn't have a camera, so whenever I saw beautiful things, I would open my sketchbook and draw what I saw. 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, Big Bear Grizzly Newspaper, and Jackalope Art Fair.  I have also done work for New Moon Magazine, Ladybug Magazine, Core Knowledge, KRBY Creations LLC, The Friend Magazine, and many others.  Some new books that came out the last few years are "Brody Bear Goes Fishing", "The Giraffe that Ate the Moon", and "Rock a Bye Baby Hawaii".  My newest book that just came out in September 2016 is called "Sand Mouse's Soup" by BeachHouse Publishing.  It's a delicious book that not only features a recipe, but teaches children about the spirit of Aloha while learning the days of the week.  Look out for it in stores in Hawaii (Costco and Barnes and Noble) and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I just finished 2 fantastic books ("Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas" and "Lucas the Lion Loves the Tiny Talker") from Brown Books Kids that are coming out this fall and early 2018.  "Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas" is coming out in September 2017, right in time for the State Fair of Texas this fall!  It's a great story about the siblings learning about the great State Fair of Texas.  "Lucas the Lion Loves the Tiny Talker" is coming out January 2018.  A fun book about Lucas the Lion who helps kids who can't speak.  Look out for all these great books!

And now for the fun part, something really special is coming my way!  I'm expecting a baby girl soon and I'm so excited to share that with you!  She's coming soon and I'll be sharing more of her when she makes her debut.  You can find more about me and my upcoming bundle of joy on Twitter @alvinakwong, Facebook @alvinakwongillustrator, and Instagram @alvinakwongillustrator.  See you there!

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Here is a picture of me at Jackalope Art Fair in Pasadena.  Read all about me and other talented artists   in this wonderful article Art Quench Magazine "Jackalope Art Fair Pasadena Article" Photo and article by Art Quench Magazine correspondent Jennifer Bentson

I also illustrated the awesome children's book "My Imagination" - published KRBY Creations LLC.



Here is a picture of me and 2 great authors (Kristyn Crow- far right) at the Authorpalooza in Barnes and Noble in Utah. (photo by fireandicephoto.blogspot)