Nien-Ken Alec is a Taiwanese illustrator based in San Francisco.

His passion of communicating through visual image inspired him to pursue his career as an illustrator. After receiving his BFA in Illustration he started to create illustrations for clients from magazine, newspaper, book and advertising campaign to personal commissions.

His style incorporates lively color and graphic shape to create engaging narratives and fun-to-look-at characters. His thoughtful process starts with many pencil sketches on papers to experiment different possibilities to create the most effective visuals, then finalizes them with color and texture digitally.

Awards and Recognitions

3x3 Magazine No.16 Honorable mention | 2019

American Illustration 38 | 2019

RAW artists CONNECT SF | 2018

American Illustration 35 | 2016

Academy of Art Spring Show | 2016


The Chronicle of Higher Education/ Hammerson, UK / Patreon, Inc. / Bob Cut Mag