Alison Garwood Jones

Homemade brush holder

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Illustration

My brushes kept rolling off my desk. Then I remembered that old salt dough recipe from First Grade, and I baked a brush holder! In this sketch, it’s Joe Shuster, co-creator of #Superman. Most Americans don’t realize Superman sprung from a Canadian brain. But it makes sense to us. We’re quiet, we’re strong, and we […]

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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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Friendship

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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

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Edie Sedgwick

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog

  She came bursting out of the gate, with no limits and no inhibitions. Then the moment passed. She changed, we changed. She forced her exit in the most banal and predictable way. In 2018, she would have been an Instagram star, A sought-after brand influencer. But she would have burnt out faster on the […]

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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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Making art

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog

Don’t plan to make art (writing, painting, photography). Just fill in the cracks with it. @danielsmithartistsmaterials#illustration #watercolorpainting (h/t @gwartzmans, my fav art depot)

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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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An apple a day

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog

        Yesterday, as I thought more deeply about the loony collapse of the United States (see Kurt Andersen), and all the people down there who appear to be cheering on the destablization of entire systems of meaning (see Stephen Marche), I picked up a makeup brush I’ve never used on my face […]

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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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