Alina received her Master of Fine Arts in Animation from University of California, Los Angeles in 2001.  She has produced three internationally acclaimed independent animated films, and has over ten years of production experience in the animation and gaming industries.  One of her most notable production credits is with LucasFilm on the Emmy Awards winning TV series – Star Wars – The Clone Wars, as a story artist.  Her artistic career also include international gallery/museum exhibitions, book publication, and active involvement with educational institutions and libraries.


Master of Fine Arts       1998 – 2001

University of California, Los Angeles

School of Film, Theater and Television – Animation Workshop

Bachelor of Social Science (with Honor)       1994 – 1997

Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Digital Graphic Communication

Certificate of Art Education      1995 – 1995

University of Hong Kong & University of Liverpool (Chester College)

Career Experience

Author/llustrator – Present

Children Picture Book:

– TreeHouse Heroes and the Forgotten Beast, Published by Immedium, 2012

– Double Happiness, Published by Chronicle Books, 2015

– The Year of Sheep, Published by Immedium, 2015

– Give Please A Chance, By Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson, Published by Little Brown, 2016

– The Nian Monster, Published by Albert Whitman, 2016

Young Adult Novel:

– The Town Between, Published by StoryBird, 2014 

Children Picture Book App:

– Pickle – The Little Bird Who Doesn’t Tweet, Published by StoryPanda, 2013

– Junganew, Published by Happy Medium, 2014 

Self-Published Books:

– Alina’s Travel Journal, 2007

– Paper Sonnet, 2007

– Apéritif, 2008

– Acquerello II, 2011

– Acquerello III, 2013

Editorial Illustration/Artwork Feature in:

  – Semi-Permanent – Book Two, Published by Design Is Kinky PTY LTD, 2012

  – Shojo Beat Magazine, Published by VIZ Media, 2009

  – Totoro Forest Project, Published by Oop Press, 2008

  – Crumble. Crackle. Burn, Published by How Books, 2007

  – ABC Book – 9 Degrees North: The ABCs of North Ghana, Published by Tools      for Schools Africa, 2011

  – Girls Drawin Girls Volume IV, Published by Girls Drawin Girls, 2011

  – Merveitteux, Contex Et Legendes Illustres, Published by Cafe Sale, 2013

University of Los Angeles, CA – Summer 2017

Adjunct Animation Professor

• Storyboarding class

Savannah College of Art and Design, GA – Present

Adjunct Animation Professor

• Graduate Storyboard and Previsualization class

East Los Angeles Community College, CA – Present

Adjunct Animation Professor

• Character Design Class in animation

Mentor – Present

• Brigham Young University

• Fashion Institute of  Technology

Society of Illustrators Los Angeles – Present


Secret Plan Studios 2011 – Present

Illustrator and Animator

• Show development for Cooking Channels

• Show development for Through the Worm Holes, Discovery Channels

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA – 2014-2015

Adjunct Professor

•Graduate Character Design Class in Illustration

LucasFilm Animation, Nicasio, CA 2010 – 2013

3D Story Artist

•Star Wars – The Clone Wars

Technicolor Interactive Services, Burbank, CA 2005 – 2009

Senior Animator

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA 2005 – 2010

Adjunct Professor

•Undergraduate Maya II and Maya III classes

Tiger Hare Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA 2005

CG Character Animator

•Medal of Honor European Assault cinematic animation

Electronic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 2002 –2005


•Medal of Honor Rising Sun

•Medal of Honor Pacific Assault

Neopets Inc., Glendale, CA 2002

Animator/3-D Modeler

•Developed interactive on-line projects for Neopets and other studios’ productions, such as Digimon, Disney’s Snowy Dog, Lilo and Stitch, and DreamWorks’ Spirit.

Museum Without Walls, Westwood, CA 2002

Art Director/Animator

•Developed educational interactive CD-ROM for the Gallery of London

Marina Motion, Marina del Rey, CA 2001 – 2002

Production Assistant

•Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights Feature Animation

•Jimmy Neutron Feature Animation

Women In Film, Burbank, CA 2001

Animatic Artist

•Developed storyboard for an anti-drug public service announcement


  • Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA
  • CSG Gallery, Burbank, CA
  • Q Pop Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tr!ckster, Berkeley, CA
  • Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bottle Neck Gallery, New York, CA
  • Spoke Art Gallery, New York, CA
  • Pop Secret Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA
  • Meltdown Gallery, Hollywood, CA
  • Monkey House Toys and Art Gallery, Silver Lake, CA
  • The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Pixar, Emeryville, CA
  • Coma Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
  • Art Institute Inland Empire, Inland Empire, CA
  • The ARTery Gallery, Costa Messa, CA
  • Arludik Gallery, Paris, France
  • Digital Illustrator Discovery Organization Gallery, Japan
  • Susanita’s Little Gallery, Spain

Special Achivement

Artistic recognition from numerous national and international organizations, including The Global Art Exhibition Awarded honored by United Nations (UNESCO) and the International Museum of Children’s Art, Norway, Oslo. Over 45 awards honor the achievement in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.

“Kite” (1999) and “Frieden – the Tree of Peace” (1998) have entered numerous national and international film festivals, including International Film Festival for Children and Youth – ZLIN, Brnenska Sestnactka (BRNO), International Trickfilm – Festival Stuttgart, Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival, Telluride IndieFest and many more.

“E=mc2” (2001) received a college Emmys Award and screen at the Directors Guild of America.

Frieden – the Tree of Peace (1998) was donated to United Nations Children’s Fund, and had been showing at the United Nations New York headquarter since 1999.