About the Artist

Alina received her Master of Fine Arts in Animation from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film and Television in 2001. She has produced and animated three independent animated short films, which have been successfully received in both national and international film festivals. She has over eight years of production experience in the animation and gaming industries, with production credits including titles such as Ben 10, Chaotic, Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Battlestar Gallactica, The Tale of Despereaux, Land Before Time, Afro Samurai, Silent Hill, Gears of War, The Incredible Hulk, God of War, Medal of Honor, Line Rider, Sypro and iCarly.

Her latest production credit is working on the Clone Wars animated series as a 3D story artist at Lucas Film. Her artistic career also include gallery and museum exhibitions, establishing a local drawing group, publishing children picture books and graphic novels, radio broadcasts and podcasts for public animation and art education.

Her latest publication are TreeHouse Heroes and the Forgotten Beast and Acquerello II.


When I start a new project, I usually start with seeking anything that can inspire me. This could be web-surfing for images on-line, or a long walk in the park or something as abstract as memories. At this stage, what inspires me, may or may not be related to the project. Sometimes I am just trying to find way to get myself excited about the project to start the brainstorming process.

Then, I would start doodling a lot of sketches on newsprint, until I find a sketch that I feel I have a strong connection with. However, I don’t always pick the best looking sketch … instead I like to pick the sketch with a fun and unique perspective rather then one with a nice composition …

Once I find an idea I like, I continue to polish the sketch to make it work. If the composition is weak, I find way to make it work, but still try to maintain the spirit of the idea. I would keep sketching until I am happy with the final sketch before I start working on the actual painting.

By this time, I usually can envision the final look of the painting. If I am confident and know what I want, I would go straight into painting the final piece. But if I feel I need to do more exploration, I would do a few color sketches, until I find my painting.


•Tribute to Hanna-Barbera, Van Eaton Galleries, Sherman Oaks, CA (April 2013)
•James Bond: 50 years of 007 celebration, Q Pop, Los Angeles, CA (April 2013)
•Sing That Movie, Susanita’s Little Gallery, Spain (March 2013)
•Women- Art & Animation, Norco College Art Gallery, Norco, CA (March 2013)
•The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (March 2013)
•The Center for Book Arts' Winter Exhibitions, New York, NY (Jan, 2013)
•Legend of Korra Art Show, Pixel Drop Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (March, 2013)
•The Animal Kingdom, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (March 2013)
•Sapporo Myth, PaintMonster Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan (Feb 2013)
•Center for Book Arts’ Winter Exhibition, New York, NY (Jan 2013)
•Cover to Cover, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (Dec 2012)
•Incognito, Mission: Comics and Art, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2012)
•Curiosities, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (Oct 2012)
•Mad Monster Party, Van Eaton Galleries, Sherman Oaks, CA (Oct 2012)
•All Together Now: A Tribute to The Beatles, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (July 2012)
•“A Moment of ...” Show, Van Eaton Galleries, Sherman Oaks, CA (June 2012)
•Dr. Seuss Tribute Show, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (March 2012)
•VS. A Show of Opposites, Mission Comic & Art, San Francisco, CA (Feb - March 2012)
•The Art of Kung Fu, Meltdown Comic, Los Angeles, CA (Jan 2012)
•PIN Show, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (Dec 2011)
•American Nostalgia: “Contemporary Artists and Illustrators Reinterpret the Traditional Themes of Norman Rockwell,” Muckenthaler Culture Center, Fullerton, CA (July - Sept 2011)
•Get The Lead Out III, Echo Echo Gallery, Seattle, WA (Sept, 2011)
•GirlsDrawinGirls Vol 4: The Way Nature Made Her!, Vlad the Retailer, Los Angeles, CA (Aug 2011)
•The SketchBook Project, National Tour (Feb - July 2011)
•Edward Scissorhands 20th Anniversary Show, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (
April - May 2011)
•"ONE" - a Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief, SuperFrog Gallery, San Francisco, CA (March 2011)
•Electic Arts Movement, Wynwood Arts District, Miani-Dade, FL (March 2011)
•Art Blocks For Ghana, Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, CA (March 2011)
•Art Blocks For Ghana, Culture Fix Gallery & The New Art Center, New York, NY (Feb, 2011)
•Lucas Film Animation Benefit Art Auction, Lucas Film Studio, Nicasio, CA (Feb, 2011)
•Bay Area Girls Rock, Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA (Feb, 2011)
•Hive Tarot II, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Jan 2011)
•Lucas Film Holiday Party, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2010)
•Solo exhibition “The Creative Journey of Alina Chau,” Art Institute Inland Empire, San Bernardino, CA (Aug 2010)
•Sugar and Spice Book signing, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (Aug 2010)
•Sugar & Spice, Gallery 839, Hollywood, CA (July 2010)
•A Mute of Hounds, Meltdown Gallery, Hollywood, CA (June 2010)
•KIDS ROCK - Music, Nature and Art Festival, Griffith Park, Burbank, CA (June 2010)
•Unleashed: The First Annual Los Angeles Pet Art Show, Synchronicity Space, Los Angeles, CA (May 2010)
•“Six Legged Freaks" BUG SHOW, Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA (April 2010)
•Curious and Curiouser: Inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA (Feb - March 2010)
•"Alice in Wonderland" Themed show, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (March 2010)
•"3rd Annual Bird Show," Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA (Jan - March 2010)
•Girls Drawin Girls presents "Bitter/ Sweet: A Valentines Show," Vlad the Retailer, Los Angeles, CA (Feb 2010)
•ARTISTS Uniting for the Children of HAITI, The Eclectic Arts Movement, Miami, FL (Jan 2010)
•4th Annual “Power in Numbers" Benefit Show (PIN4), Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (Dec, 2009)
•"Tiny Treasures," Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA (Dec 2009)
•Economica - Women and the Global Economy, International Museum of Women (2009 - 2010)
•Art Reminds Us of Our Ideals, International Museum of Women (2009)
•Gifted Artist Charity Benefit, CCAA Museum (Dec 2009)
•Art Reminds Us of Our Ideals, International Museum of Women (Nov 2009)
•RIVETS & ROBOTS Robot Art Show & Sale, Coma Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Sept - Oct 2009)
•CHARITY show for GALA, Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA (Aug 2009)
•Super Hero Theme Show, Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA (Oct 2009)
•Monthly Gallery Shows at The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Since 2008)
•Animal Instinct" Show, The ARTery Gallery, Costa Messa, CA (Nov 2009)
•Purrcasso Art & Craft Gala, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Berkeley, CA (Since 2008)
•Terrible Yellow Eyes, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA (Sept - Oct, 2009)
•Dr Seuss Theme Show, Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA (Aug 2009)
•Girls of Summer, Meltdown Gallery, Hollywood, CA (Aug 2009)
•LA MYTH 2009 Group Art Show, Meltdown Gallery, Hollywood, CA (Feb 2009)
•Broome Library Exhibition, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA (Dec 2008 - Jan 2009)
•Gallery shows with Digital Illustrator Discovery Organization Gallery, Japan (Since 2006)
•Itty Bitty Arts Show, Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA (Nov 2008)
•Totoro Forest Project, Cartoon Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA (Sept - Feb 2009)
•Totoro Forest Project, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA (Sept 2008)
•FRUiTS Go Go, Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA (Aug 2008)


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