Alison Garwood Jones

How I Drew This

Originally published in July 2021 in Blog, How to Draw, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Process Porn: I drew this landscape in the @Procreate app using the “Peppermint” pencil ✏️ (in the Brush Library under “Sketching”). Paul Cézanne was my guide. His angled brushstrokes had a consistent rhythm. They look like the wind blew them all in the same direction. I prefer Procreate’s pencil tools to it’s oil brushes (at […]

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Butterflies and #ASMR

Originally published in June 2021 in Blog, Drawing Lesson, Toronto Illustrators

Sunday mornings. Sometimes I flip through my sketchbook looking for drawings to colour. Look, I found this butterfly! Caran d’Ache soft watercolour pencils felt like the best way to add a hit of colour to her wings. The colour melts into paint when you add water. The rest of my day went well after this. […]

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Fur Bébés

Originally published in June 2021 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

There’s someone for everyone.

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Reality Bites

Originally published in May 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Lainey and her Big Gulp. #RealityBites, #TheNineties, #WinonaForever

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I don’t want to be good

Originally published in May 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

I don’t want to be good (yawn), I want to do good (BOOM!) That means working with doers. One of my latest partnerships is with Lakeshore Arts, a not-for-profit arts organization just down the street from me in Etobicoke. From Monday to Friday, the LSA team is working hard producing an array of arts programming designed to […]

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Jane’s Walk Toronto

Originally published in April 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Jane’s Walk is a grassroots movement focused on city building. It’s named after the urban activist and badass Torontonian Jane Jacobs. Every Spring, to honour Jane’s birthday and her spirit of inquiry, cities around the world host volunteer-led walking tours that make spaces for people to observe, reflect, share, question, and re-imagine the places in […]

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Coco and Diana

Originally published in March 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Reading is my greatest joy. This exchange appeared in Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s biography on Diana Vreeland called Empress of Fashion. Diana described the conversation in greater detail: “Coco [Chanel] was a nut on armholes. She never, ever got an armhole quite, quite perfect, the way she wanted it. She was always snipping and taking out […]

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Teaching Art

Originally published in February 2021 in Blog, Toronto Art Teachers, Toronto Illustrators

The internet is a wondrous tool for learning new skills. When I decided to set up an online classroom to teach my way of making art, Google presented me with the perfect teacher: @ClaraLieu. Clara is a visual artist and former prof at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Founder of @Art.Prof, a […]

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The Great Escape

Originally published in February 2021 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Nature has everything we need.

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Pigeons & Elevator Buttons

Originally published in January 2021 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

I’ve never met a toddler who didn’t …

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