Alison Garwood Jones

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 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 sleeves, […]

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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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Happy Holidays

Originally published in December 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Environment Canada is calling for a macroburst of sparkle and fairer winds in 2021. (Abstract illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones)

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Life Drawing during Covid

Originally published in December 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Dude throwing javelin Woman in fetal position Grizzled man hunched in deep thought I’ve pointed my drawing horse at all of these classic life drawing poses (back when it was possible to attend pay-as-you-go art classes). During Covid, to prevent rust buildup, I’ve sought out figure poses in Google image searches and YouTube channels, including […]

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Custom Home Portraits

Originally published in October 2020 in Blog, Holiday Gift Ideas, Toronto Illustrators

A custom illustration of your home makes an original holiday gift.

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Avoid the hard sell

Originally published in October 2020 in Blog, Continuing Education, Social Media Instructor, Toronto Illustrators

As a University of Toronto (SCS) instructor in #DigitalStrategy, I like coming up with different ways to explain what it takes to build a commercial relationship with your audience, without being obnoxiously salesy or transactional. #AdBlockers When you want something too much  … it doesn’t happen. #Desperation The art of persuasion is about laying down […]

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Growing up in an artistic home

Originally published in October 2020 in Blog, Profile,, Toronto Illustrators, Video

The soil I grew up in was planted with art, music and literature. Mind you, I didn’t start seriously reading until university. I was too busy staring at the layout of my marker sets.  The following clips are from my interview with Nargiz Mammadova, the co-founder and CEO of the Destin AI app, an AI-powered […]

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