Alison Garwood Jones

Why I draw

Originally published in April 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Doodling, Royal Art Lodge, Toronto Illustrators

Back in 2012, when I was leafing through the book, More Things Like This, an anthology about the intersection of art, writing and humour, I didn’t expect to find a painting of me scattered amongst the works of Art Spiegelman, Andy Warhol, Shel Silverstein, Kurt Vonnegut, and Leanne Shapton. I later found out my likeness […]

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Telling time

Originally published in April 2018 in Blog, Doodling, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Queen Street window shopping: I still appreciate these ancient devices for marking time. Also, a watch is a piece of jewelry to me. A phone is not. #Toronto #the6ix #timepiece #watches(@WestQueenWest)

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Bill Cunningham left us a memoir — oh joy!

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

Source: The New York Times

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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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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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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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New York State of Mind

Originally published in September 2017 in Blog

A bygone newspaper era. New York, 1945. Today it would be phones. In France, everyone still reads novels on the Metro. #illustration #watercoloursketch #subway #MTA 

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Coney Island

Originally published in July 2017 in Blog

In the summer of 1927, New Yorkers flooded to The Cyclone, Coney Island’s newest ride engineered by inventor Harry C. Baker. “Let’s go for a wild ride,” they told their friends and family members. A giant chain slowly pulled the three-car train up the wooden tracks to the zenith — it was a rattly, herky […]

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Wrecking ball

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

I let my dad down. Trevor was an architect, and earlier this week one of his modernist designs, the Fawcett House (1966), was torn down to make room for something new and improved. Thomas Allen wrote an eloquent and heartfelt lament about it in The Inlet, saying, “the tranquil courtyard, barrel-vaulted roof with celestial windows, […]

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Marilyn

Originally published in December 2016 in Blog

“Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.” — Marilyn Monroe to reporter Patricia Newcomb, 1962.

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