Alison Garwood Jones

Will the fashion industry listen?

Originally published in August 2020 in Blog, Pen Jar Productions, Surface Design, Toronto Gifts, Toronto Illustrators

As I search for a new fulfillment partner for my design biz, PenJarProductions.com, all eyes are on the fashion and garment industry. How long will it keep promoting a race-based caste system that only benefits people who look like me? And will it finally decide to listen to scientists and consumers who keep documenting and […]

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Milton Glaser

Originally published in August 2020 in Blog, Profile,, Toronto Illustrators

Milton Glaser was (and is) my teacher. He didn’t know that. But I know it and so do the thousands of other attuned souls who sidled up to him for wisdom. When Milton explained that “Attentiveness is the great benefit of drawing,” I instantly understood why drawing had taken hold of me over words.  Becoming […]

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The Reinventionist

Originally published in July 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

My brain cells were popcorn listening to Joe Jackman in conversation with Tara Hunt and Stefani Forster for the Anatomy of a Strategy Podcast (July 5, 2020 episode). As Joe says, “The future arrives daily. Create it now. Get it out of the lab. You don’t need to place big bets. Be thoughtful about where […]

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Covid-19 Poster

Originally published in July 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Guess what? I added your suggestions and created “Business Is Up – Part Deux” THE POSTER (11”x17”) ✏️  In mid-March, still stunned that gyms and restaurants had suddenly evaporated, ☁️ I started pulling together a list of businesses that were growing during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 📈 I posted the first edition on Instagram last week, […]

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Hotel Art

Originally published in July 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

In 2018, the designers at Mason Studio commissioned me to paint a series of tiny watercolour portraits for the Kimpton Hotel in Toronto. It was a cross section of local talent, from Drake and Deepa Mehta to Frank Gehry and Robbie Robertson.  The small format makes you lean in and listen hard to their secrets […]

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Custom portraits

Originally published in July 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

If you haven’t heard of Dawn Bazley, you’ve seen her on TV (@CBC) talking about the proper way to use masks during #Covid19. @DrBazley is field biologist, #STEMStar, and mentor to hundreds of #STEMgirls and guys who gather around her like ducklings at York University in Toronto. In addition to being a full professor, she is the former Director of […]

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House Portraits

Originally published in July 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

PROCESS PORN: I think the architecture of a house determines my drawing style. I suspect there are a few other mysterious factors that go into it. I haven’t settled on a cookie cutter style. When I do, I’ll stop and draw something else.  My latest commission, an ivy-covered Georgian in Toronto, was a birthday present […]

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Monday sketches

Originally published in May 2020 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Illustration of a little girl by Alison Garwood-Jones

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Showing emotion

Originally published in May 2020 in Blog, Continuing Education, Toronto Illustrators

Are the eyes the best way to read someone’s emotions? Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones.

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The Ink Spot: learn perspective

Originally published in May 2020 in Blog, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

THE INK SPOT 🖊 In today’s 60-second art lesson, I’ll show you my very un-mathematical trick for capturing perspective. No rulers were involved! 🎨 If you would like to practice the steps I teach, swipe left and use my Neighbourhood Trampoline drawing as a tracing tool. Or, go crazy and colour the houses! Featured here: the marker magic […]

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