Alison Garwood Jones

Why did I start drawing again?

April 20, 2017

Collage of drawings by Alison Garwood-Jones

It’s simple. I started drawing again because I needed a reason to look up that felt more powerful than the urge to look down at my phone.

Drawing from life forces you to feel edges, to see light, and to experience life.

It’s  been clear to me, for quite some time, that mobile newsfeeds have eroded my ability to notice the world around me.

I’ve zoned out.

Even when I’m phoneless, I still feel trapped in the memory of refreshing my news feed and constantly waiting for notifications.

By replacing my phone with a sketchbook, I’m giving the world a chance to flood my senses again.

 

 

 

 

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Kensington Market

April 20, 2017

Toronto, Spring 2017

Brush pen drawing of Kensington Market by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Urban signals

April 20, 2017

Drawing of shoes hanging from electrical wires by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Birdy Booty Camp

April 20, 2017

Lifting a wing is not interval training.

Bird Workout by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Manly Man

April 12, 2017

A watercolour drawing of a man by Alison Garwood-Jones

I called this one, Manly Man. As soon as I put my brush down, I heard the expression: “I’m not a doctor. I just play one on TV.”

My friend Nichola asked how I made this drawing. It came about thusly: I went to a cafe (Tampered Press) with my cheap watercolour notebook and a Uniball Gel Pen (black, waterproof), looked around for subjects, saw this guy mid-think and quickly laid down the form. I don’t carry a pencil because working in ink forces me to look and commit. A few days later, in a colouring mood, I mixed some yellow ochre and quinacridone rose and dropped in some puddles of flesh tone. Finally, I mixed red, blue and yellow to get his black hair and greyed it up with a white gel pen. The key to getting his expression was to resist looking at my page when I was drawing him. No judgement. No editing. Just doing.

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Soul food

April 8, 2017

Watercolor drawing of chicken shawarmaChicken shawarma + an array of delicious sides.

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Carolyn, poetry editor

April 6, 2017

Alison Garwood-Jones

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Wednesday sketchbook

March 29, 2017

Sketch of Asian man

#Toronto #IllustrateThe6ix

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Internet nostalgia

March 29, 2017

Illustration of an egg sandwich

Let’s go back to the quaint practice of posting your lunch online.

 

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Sunday sketchbook

March 12, 2017

Watercolour and pen drawing

Challenging yourself to do more with less is the best recipe for growth. #ThreePrimaries #IllustrateThe6ix

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