Alison Garwood Jones

Happy Easter

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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Hand Drawings

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

The push and pull of being vs doing. To me, hands are the ultimate doers, storytellers, get-shit-done human power tools. Not so for the copywriters at Elle magazine in 1967. Boy is it fun and weird leafing through back issues. Women’s magazines are the supreme handbooks on how to be, not do. There are times […]

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When your students draw you

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Drawing of Alison Garwood-Jones by Sugandha Gaur.

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Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro in conversation

Originally published in March 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Finding time to focus on creativity is tough for everyone, but it’s especially hard for women given the demands on their time at work and at home.

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7 things my customers taught me in 2018

Originally published in December 2018 in Blog, Gift Ideas, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

Last summer, the initial delight I felt in seeing my sketchbook drawings on a digital pillow template inspired a new design business in 2018 called Pen Jar Productions. Now my quirky line drawings are on totes, tees, scarves, and, coming next month, enamel pins! (In these politically-charged times, more of us are wearing our values […]

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Studio Tour of Pen Jar Productions

Originally published in November 2018 in Blog, Gift Ideas, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

 Click on image to play my video greeting, or click here. An email I sent my contact list on November 1st:  Top of the morning to my friends, family and work colleagues: For those of you who haven’t heard from me since high school, here’s what’s new:  I cut my hair, became an art historian, unbecame […]

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Creative Entrepreneurs: a mutual support society

Originally published in June 2018 in Blog

The nice thing about being a creative entrepreneur, other than the creative freedom, the distance from office politics, and the casual wardrobe (I also like to randomly drop and do sit-ups, which I wouldn’t do in an office setting) is the sense of camaraderie with fellow freelancers. We hire each other, and pay with cash […]

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Milton Glaser

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

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Celebrity Body Parts

Originally published in May 2018 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

  Inspired by back issues of Rolling Stone Magazine. #GoldenAgeOfMagazines #PopCulture #Illustration #SocialChange #WatercolorArt SaveSave

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Why I draw

Originally published in April 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Doodling, Royal Art Lodge, Toronto Illustrators

Back in 2012, when I was leafing through the book, More Things Like This, an anthology about the intersection of art, writing and humour, I didn’t expect to find a painting of me scattered amongst the works of Art Spiegelman, Andy Warhol, Shel Silverstein, Kurt Vonnegut, and Leanne Shapton. I later found out my likeness […]

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