Alison Garwood Jones

Saturday at the AGO

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Storytelling

I asked the Marchesa to tell me about her life, while Calder bent in to listen. #snowday❄️ at the @agotoronto #agoannualpass Saturday sketching at the AGO – Illustrations by Alison Garwood-Jones

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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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Sunday Sketches

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

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Live illustration in Toronto

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

It’s always my goal to work with good people. Teaching provides me with that in spades thanks to the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where I teach the ever-morphing topic of Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media. In essence, this course is about storytelling and the best way to digitally distribute your stories, […]

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Multicultural Day on The Esplanade

Originally published in June 2019 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

  If you are near Crombie Park this Thursday, June 27, please come and say hi. I’ll be working as one of the artists at Jamii Esplanade’s Multicultural Day, along with Andrew Patterson and Alicia Herbert. There will be live performances by dancers, musicians and poets from around the world. Stroll by Jarvis and Esplanade between […]

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#NotHere🍁

Originally published in May 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

    I’m fundraising because it’s time to do more than just shake my head at the news. Women’s reproductive freedoms are eroding around the world, wiping out decadesof hard-won human rights gains. I designed this T-shirt* to say that the female body should never be subject to government control. #NotHere stands for Canada, the […]

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Milton Glaser

Originally published in June 2018 in Blog, Doodling, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

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James Baldwin

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Racism, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

When the going gets tough, the weak blame. It appears to be a human default setting. I often dream of good deeds, And individually extracting myself from the white man’s shitty record on race. “But you can’t,” Ta-Nehisi Coates told a podscast audience I was part of … “Any more than I can get out […]

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Why hire a graphic recorder?

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Uncategorized, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

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Lean In Canada Illustrations

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

Last Tuesday, the organizers of Lean In Canada hosted a gathering to brain storm new ways to tackle gender bias in the workplace. Noelle Richadrson, a leading voice in Canada in gender and racial diversity, led the discussion. I was brought on board to illustrate the questions and ideas that were raised. My hearty thanks […]

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