Alison Garwood Jones

Freelance life

August 10, 2017

Freelance Achievement Sticker based on series by Jeremy Nguyen

When there’s no watercooler, just silence, you have to rely on discipline and humor to beat back the latest news on #genderwars, #Trump and our pooched #environment. Did I miss anything?

Another freelance achievement sticker to add to Jeremy Nguyen’s fun series for the The New Yorker. (Bushwick Daily) #DailyShouts

I’ve rolled these into my daily PhotoShop assignments. I’m making progress.  #GetBusy #LearnMore

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Freelance Achievement Stickers

August 9, 2017

Freelance Achievement Sticker by Alison Garwood-Jones, inspired by Jeremy Nguyen

 

My addition to Jeremy Nguyen’s brilliantly spot-on series of #FreelanceAchievementStickers for the The New Yorker.

(Bushwick Daily) #DailyShouts

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Jessie Tait, designer

August 2, 2017

Jessie Tait's classic Sienna pattern for dishes from the early 1960s

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When in doubt

July 29, 2017

I love this quote by Shadi Petosky from Grace Bonney’s book, In The Company of Women. I was determined to visualize it in PhotoShop, which I’m finally learning.

It’s easier to learn a new tool when you have something you actually want or need to make. Have you noticed that too?

I learned iMovie because I needed to teach it. And then I started a web series called Willful with my friend Yann Yap, a masterful film editor, and once again I was  forced to up my game.

I’m learning watercolour because I like chasing magic.

Learning is life’s best therapy because it allows you to expand, and then share everything you’ve gained.

Everybody wins.

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A star is born

July 19, 2017

Girls on the Bus illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones

TORONTO, JULY 2017: Filmmaker Maureen Judge‘s next documentary, Girls on the Bus, in development with TVO Docs, explores the challenges faced by teenage girls whose expectations of success and sexual equality are not being met.

Maureen will follow four to five subjects during their final year of high school, and look at how the perception of a glass ceiling, and their place in the world affect the teenage girls’ attitudes, actions and goals.

I got out my black Uniball pen to create this drawing for their flyer and social media accounts. I’m a huge fan of how Maureen gets inside the lives of her subjects. Check out her work at MakinMovies.ca

Here is what Maureen is looking for in her own words: “While it seems like future possibilities for girls across North America are limitless, and more girls graduate high school than boys, a recent Gallup poll found 77% of teens still believe there’s a glass ceiling. Girls continue to encounter overt and shameless sexism. And, as they become aware of the disappointing job statistics for women, they begin to wonder about their goals and dreams. For instance, in two years Canada has fallen from 19th to 35th place globally in the gender wage gap ratings. And there is still a gap of close to 20% between full-time male and female wages.

Throughout the film, we observe the subjects dreaming about their futures and, despite the odds, see one believing she can achieve anything she wants, while another feels isolated, insecure and defeated. We relate to their passions, anxieties, sexual awareness, and frustrations as they navigate the social landscape of school, their families, and the digital world; fall in and out of teen love; and struggle to assert themselves in a male-centric world, amid a myriad of challenges and growing pains.”

Maureen’s last film, My Millennial Life won BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Canadian Screen Awards (Canadian Screen Awards).

GIRLS ON THE BUS – WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Age Range: Girls going into grade 12 or senior year of high school
Profile: Full of personality, sense of humour, witty…and eager to be on camera!

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, please get in touch via email: info(at)makinmovies.ca

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Coney Island

July 16, 2017

Coney Island Cyclone Coaster Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones

In the summer of 1927, New Yorkers flooded to The Cyclone, Coney Island’s newest ride engineered by inventor Harry C. Baker. “Let’s go for a wild ride,” they told their friends and family members. A giant chain slowly pulled the three-car train up the wooden tracks to the zenith — it was a rattly, herky jerky preview — before it quickly dropped at speeds of 68 miles an hour over nine more drops and six curves. New Yorkers stepped off the ride windswept and unsteady on their feet from the speed.

Drawing by Alison Garwood-Jones using a black Uniball pen.

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We eat with our eyes

July 5, 2017

For some gigs, I will make hyper-realist prep sketches to help establish the colours and boundaries for my final illustration.  To wit:

Eggplant lasagna sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

 

I prefer the suggestiveness of gestural sketches, but I think for this job — menu illustrations for The Merchant Tavern) — realism helps. We eat with our eyes. This is The Merchant’s popular Eggplant Stack (a lasagna, if you can’t tell). Here’s the second version in watercolour first, then lightly defined in parts with waterproof ink:

Eggplant Lasagna drawing by Alison Garwood-Jones

 

Then there’s the Seafood Pot (same deal: watercolour lighly outlined in parts with ink):

Seafood Pot Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones

The challenge here was making all the items in the pot legible. Most of the problem solving happens in the prep sketch, usually done in watercolour pencil.  Here you have to prove you know what you are doing. In the sketch you establish your colour scheme and the placement of the elements. The fewer the colours, the more harmonious the composition.

Seafood Pot Sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

 

The watercolour sketch for the Merchant’s Traveller’s Salad was my idea of less is more. Even the buckling of the cheap paper I did this on worked in its favour. After all, lettuce ripples:

Traveller's Salad Sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

For the final, I inked the shapes so the salad would be legible for people reading the menu and trying to choose a starter. I prefer the sketch, but there you go:

Traveller's Salad Sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

Studying process is fun, isn’t it? For these sketches, I just stared at the wine glass in front of me and went for it:

Two wine glasses - drawing by Alison Garwood-Jones

Bottoms up:

High Ball sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

Let’s finish with a cripsy fish sandwich and a side of fries:

Fish burger sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

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The swimmer

June 29, 2017

Man Swimming by Alison Garwood-Jones

I met a man at my local pool the other day.

He could shoot himself 25 metres under water in one breath.

When he came up for air, I removed my goggles and asked him, “Are you a pearl diver?”

“No,” he smiled, water dripping from his afro.

“Are you training for a competition?” I persisted. “Or setting yourself a personal challenge?”

He paused. “I do this to control my anger.”

Back under he went, all silence and grace.

Here is the original ink and water colour drawing before I swirled it up in PhotoShop.

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Things dogs do

June 29, 2017

Digging dog drawing by Alison Garwood-Jones

He found something.

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Rush hour

June 29, 2017

A good public transit system is critical. Let’s get it right and borrow from the best examples around the world. The ultimate goal: politicians who are efficient and proficient with time, space and money. I know, it’s a tall order.

Rush Hour sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

Rush Hour sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

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