Alison Garwood Jones

House Portraits

July 17, 2020

PROCESS PORN: I think the architecture of a house determines my drawing style.

Houses in Toronto's Annex drawn by Alison Garwood-Jones
Annex houses drawn by Alison Garwood-Jones

I suspect there are a few other mysterious factors that go into it. I haven’t settled on a cookie cutter style. When I do, I’ll stop and draw something else. 

My latest commission, an ivy-covered Georgian in Toronto, was a birthday present for a client’s husband. They now live in Victoria, B.C. but wanted a keepsake of the Toronto residence that was the first home for their daughter, Olive, and the last home for their Redbone Coonhound, Rooney. Here’s a peek into my process, from photograph to sketch to final.

Showing my process from sketch to final. These houses are in Rosedale and High Park, Toronto.
Houses on hills require standing on the top of my partner’s truck to take a pic.

PS: I hope to get back to printing my house portraits on pillows and totes. If you are a local printer who is eco and ethical, let’s talk!

Custom house drawings by Alison Garwood-Jones
I am looking for a new printing partner (local to Toronto, eco and ethical) so I can go back to creating custom pillows, totes and tees.

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