Alison Garwood Jones

My Big Media Interview With Rupert (the golden retriever)

Originally published in April 2024 in Blog, Books, Books on Grief, Books on Parental Grief, Cartoons, Comic, Gift Ideas, Graphic Novel, Grief, Holiday Gift Ideas, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

In my proudest earned media moment to date, yesterday I snagged an interview with Rupert, the white golden retriever.

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Doing Media Interviews

Originally published in April 2024 in Blog, Books, Books on Grief, Books on Parental Grief, Cartoons, Comic, Doodling, Gift Ideas, Graphic Novel, Grief, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

I Miss My Mommy: 150 Portraits of Orphaned Adults is the perfect book for anyone who feels like Mother’s Day has become Remembrance Day. 💐 ⚰️

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The Power of Daily Journaling & Doodling

Originally published in April 2024 in Blog, Books on Grief, Books on Parental Grief, Cartoons, Comic, Doodling, Graphic Novel, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Notetaking

A day without journaling is like a day without exercise. I write to break through the morning sludge.

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Are You My Mother & I Miss My Mommy: Two Books About a Search

Originally published in April 2024 in Blog, Books, Books on Grief, Books on Parental Grief, Cartoons, Comic, Grief, Toronto Illustrators

Remember when we were toddlers and we got scared every time our mothers left the room, went to the grocery store, headed to the office, or just left the nest? As orphaned adults, we’re back to square one, searching for our mothers and fathers through faded memories and old photographs. And what’s this? A whole […]

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I Miss My Mommy: a graphic novel to help orphaned adults through grief

Originally published in April 2024 in Blog, Books, Books on Grief, Books on Parental Grief, Cartoons, Comic, Graphic Novel, Grief, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

In her graphic novel, ‘I Miss My Mommy’, Alison Garwood-Jones explores the universality of loss with raw and relatable portraits of life after parental loss.”

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Long for yourself

Originally published in July 2023 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

As Sinéad O’Connor said:”We weren’t raised to long for ourselves. [I guess my message for younger women is]: Long for yourself.”

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Originally published in July 2023 in Blog, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

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The Ink Spot

Originally published in June 2023 in Blog, The Ink Spot, Toronto Illustrators

Are you curious to try the new AI features inside PhotoShop? Here’s a one-minute tutorial on where to find it and how to start using it. In this example, I wanted to add an AI-generated background to my drawing of a beagle. After uploading a transparent png file of my dog drawing, I prompted the […]

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Kathryn Barlow is My Web Genius

Originally published in June 2023 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Kathryn Barlow is an award-winning Canadian web designer. When I decided I wanted to add splashes of colour to the landing page of my personal website, she made it happen. When I have questions about how to evolve my Shopify store, she is my sounding board and website carpenter. Kathryn has been a steady presence […]

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Delia Ephron

Originally published in May 2023 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

I love juicy ink sketches with a graphic punch. This one was created with a Pentel Brush Pen and Noodler’s fountain pen ink. I almost never nail the drawing on the first try. You have to warm up your hand and your head, like a ballet dancer at the barre sliding her foot to the […]

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