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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Pinecones

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Illustration

Bluebird winter day. #illustration #watercolour #nature

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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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James Baldwin

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, 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 a 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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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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