Alison Garwood Jones

I made my first wallpaper pattern

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I designed this “Summer Lovin’”wallpaper pattern for The Merchant Tavern‘s beer, wine, and sangria station at the #AdelaideEatsTo Summer Food Market. It’s open M-F, 11 am – 9 pm at the corner of University and Adelaide, upper deck.  I learned how to make wallpaper patterns in a great Skillshare video by Julia Rothman (Thank you, Julia, for […]

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How I use watercolour pencils

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

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Kara Walker

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Kara Walker is one of seven artists profiled in the April 17-30 edition of New York Magazine (still on many newsstands). Doreen St. Felix describes a black female artist who is acutely aware that her work and persona are a lightning rod for the pathologies that are everywhere in the U.S. “She knows that putting […]

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Artist toolkit

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

This makeup brush kit from my days as an Elle editor is now my fountain pen and waterbrush kit. #UseWhatYouHave #illustration #arttools

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Insights with Nargis

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

While Yann Yap and I finish editing our first batch of Willful videos and gear up for the next spate of interviews, it was so gratifying to participate in Nargiz Mammadova’s thoughtful interview series, Insights with Nargiz. We talked about creativity, work, life, and constant adaptation. Thank you, Nargiz! Photo: Gary Chen, White Clover.

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Window Art: My process

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

We all have skills that are lying dormant — for whatever reason. For me, it was art. A dozen years ago, when I was trying to break into journalism (with no degree in the field and no contacts), getting writing gigs was all-consuming. And it was creative, so not drawing didn’t feel like such a […]

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Know your tools

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Windsor and Newton Cotman pan set.

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Baratunde Thurston

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

A man with something to say. This drawing was inspired by Baratunde Thurston‘s searching interview with Sarah Jones on her podcast, Play Date.

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Manly Man

Originally published in April 2017 in Blog

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 […]

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Soul food

Originally published in April 2017 in Blog

Chicken shawarma + an array of delicious sides.

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