Alison Garwood Jones

Handrawn social media portraits vs. bitmojis

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Does your #bitmoji express the real you (even with 1.9 septillion options)? Not in my books. Hand-drawn #portraits catch the flutter of your spirit and reveal your hidden strengths way better than the frozen stare of digitized art. Email me if you’re looking for an illustrated social media profile picture. Because creativity is a part […]

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James Baldwin

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Racism, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

When the going gets tough, the weak blame. It appears to be a human default setting. I often dream of good deeds, And individually extracting myself from the white man’s shitty record on race. “But you can’t,” Ta-Nehisi Coates told a podscast audience I was part of … “Any more than I can get out […]

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Living in a success culture

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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Sixties style

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

In this New Year’s Instagram Trunk Show, I’m modelling a tunic from Pierre Cardin’s Cosmocorps Collection from 1967. Monsieur Cardin turns 96 this July. I hope he still gets a charge from a needle pulling thread like I do from his space age designs and those kooky sixties model poses.

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Kitchen prep

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

In my latest adventure, I worked as a kitchen prep cook at The Merchant Taps & Tavern. The Christmas season was busy and they needed extra hands. Suiting up in a fresh apron and rubber gloves, I spent each day making 40-lb meatloafs, prepping giant containers of jerk chicken marinade, mixing big bowls of fragrant […]

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Friendship

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Lesley and Elan, BFFs. Watercolour sketch by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Swimming types

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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I want to be alone

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

I can’t transcribe magazine interviews ALL day. So I thought, What would Warhol do? He’d put on some soup and draw a Hollywood star. Greta Garbo’s modern reaction to our prying eyes. #Garbo @Campbells #IWantToBeAlone #Illustration #Watercolor #AndyWarhol @thewarholmuseum

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Bill Cunningham, you are missed

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Crossing the heavens to capture the stars. #BillCunningham #WatercolorPencil @nytimes

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Viking girl

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Cartoon by Alison Garwood-Jones Doing anything well takes discipline. This is Hildegard. She’s a Viking warrior with a stringent daily routine involving running, journaling/goal setting, and practicing her fencing. Not much gets in her way, especially men. But, at some point, she’ll hit a wall. The need for balance — not exactly defined in the […]

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