Alison Garwood Jones

Sketching at the mall

Originally published in February 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

There’s a hightop table facing the shoe department at Nordstrom Canada’s Toronto location. 👢 It’s for people to stop, sit, play with their phones, or wait while they get a clothing item repaired at a nearby sewing station. 🧥 It’s also great if you’re an urban sketcher. 🎨 There’s always something to see and sketch.

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Saturday at the AGO

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Storytelling

I asked the Marchesa to tell me about her life, while Calder bent in to listen. #snowday❄️ at the @agotoronto #agoannualpass Saturday sketching at the AGO – Illustrations by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Dear Facebook

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Comic, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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The truth about the world

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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Pen Jar Productions is featured in the Toronto Star

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Gifts, Toronto Illustrators

A little dance around my drawing desk!   A year and a half into my illustration biz and I have my first serious piece of earned media, as the PR folks like to call “press.” Thank you, writer and artist, Mary Vallis (@maryvallis @canadianstitchery). This means a lot. I will be tabling tonight and tomorrow […]

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Sunday Sketches

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

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Who knew?

Originally published in November 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

I met my friend Sam for lunch last week. We caught up on work and life. Then he told me that walking into his living room and seeing the Watches Pillow I made for him was like receiving a little jolt of Wes Anderson. I’ll take that! The things you learn about your designs from […]

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I made a zine

Originally published in October 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Thank you, Art Gallery of Hamilton for mounting the thought-provoking show, “This Is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics.” And a big thank you to Meredith Park for spending time with us over the last six weeks and showing a group of eager students the ins and outs of journaling through comics (we each made an 8-page […]

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The future

Originally published in September 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Josh is in the fifth grade. He likes history and basketball. Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Adelaide likes hearts and story time.   Today, I joined forces again as a portrait artist with my wonderful partners at @JamiiEsplanade. It was their 10th year organizing @culturedays and the program, […]

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Art Helps

Originally published in September 2019 in Blog, Cartoons, Comic, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

In ten seconds, the ticker tape of a woman’s mind can go from, “I need a snack,” “When do I pick up the kids?” to “What’s the root cause of misogyny?” Most gals who pay attention to the way the world works are only two or three thoughts away from dystopian spirals. Afternoon cheese and […]

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