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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Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Illustration

Bluebird winter day. #illustration #watercolour #nature

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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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Originally published in December 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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

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Andy Warhol’s Wig

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog

What started out as a patch for male pattern baldness turned into a fashion accessory before culminating in a full-on exploration of drag. My dad and I visited the Warhol Museum in Pittsburg in the fall of 2008. We took in the displays in our Obama T-shirts. Good times.

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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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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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Freelance life

Originally published in August 2017 in Blog

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 […]

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When in doubt

Originally published in July 2017 in Blog

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 […]

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Chalk art tips

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog, Surface Design

Photo: Alison Garwood-Jones The Merchant Tavern, TORONTO (@TheMerchantTo): Colouring on the back of a window makes the shaded areas appear more solid from the front. This is especially true on double-pane glass. This is my latest #ChalkArt discovery using Molotow acrylic markers. Some other things I’ve learned since I started drawing on windows two summers ago: […]

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