Alison Garwood Jones

Advice from an astronaut

Originally published in March 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

It helps to understand your place in the world right now. 🌎 Thank you, astronaut Chris Hadfield, for giving us some perspective. 🚀 Source: YouTube – “An Astronaut’s Guide to Self-Isolation”  

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I’m looking for a new printing partner

Originally published in March 2020 in Blog, Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Toronto Illustrators

Some of you are asking how I’m faring in my search for a new business partner to print and ship my pillows, totes, scarves, and tees at Pen Jar Productions. 👚 👕 First, THANK YOU! 😘 The answer is: I’m doing my due diligence, researching my options online, talking to friends, drinking tea ☕️, and building a chart in […]

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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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Dear Facebook

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

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How I learned to create a Gif

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

“If you deal in quality, not awards, what you do will always feel real.” This is what happens when people’s determination to produce gets greedy and misplaced. Switching gears. Understanding how to tell your stories in multiple formats is a power thing. Hats off to Melissa Lee (@MelissaLeeDesign). Through her @Skillshare class, “Create a Hand-Drawn […]

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The Queen’s Speech

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Graphic Visualizer, Racism, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

The Sound of Music and Love Actually, yes, but the Queen’s Speech is not normally part of my appointment television habits at Christmas. This year, I watched it twice. The pacing and coordination with the b-roll cutaways felt especially poignant. And I’m not talking about the drone shots of ancient castles and verdant hills, or […]

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In the Spotlight: KBarlow Design

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

As a #bossbabe, I can’t do everything on my own. I’m already the executive editor and artist in chief for all of my websites, but I still have a beginner’s grasp of code. Yes, coding is on my list of things to keep learning, but in the interest of time and my sanity I choose to […]

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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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