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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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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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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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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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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Jann Wenner

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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A star is born

Originally published in July 2017 in Blog

TORONTO, JULY 2017: Filmmaker Maureen Judge‘s next documentary, Girls on the Bus, in development with TVO Docs, explores the challenges faced by teenage girls whose expectations of success and sexual equality are not being met. Maureen will follow four to five subjects during their final year of high school, and look at how the perception of […]

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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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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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