Alison Garwood Jones

Beauty Geeks features my “Spring Branches” pillow for Valentine’s Day

Originally published in February 2020 in Blog

The magazine editor in me still appreciates round-ups of pretty things.🎀 Just like in the movies, the packages arrive at your office. 🛍 📦 You unbox them with glee and line up the object on your desk looking for patterns in ingredients, colours and textures. 💄🌺 Then you pull them together to tell a story. […]

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Sketching at the mall

Originally published in February 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

There’s a hightop table facing the shoe department at Nordstrom Canada’s Toronto location. 👢 It’s for people to stop, sit, play with their phones, or wait while they get a clothing item repaired at a nearby sewing station. 🧥 It’s also great if you’re an urban sketcher. 🎨 There’s always something to see and sketch.

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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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Dear Facebook

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Comic, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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How I learned to create a Gif

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

“If you deal in quality, not awards, what you do will always feel real.” This is what happens when people’s determination to produce gets greedy and misplaced. Switching gears. Understanding how to tell your stories in multiple formats is a power thing. Hats off to Melissa Lee (@MelissaLeeDesign). Through her @Skillshare class, “Create a Hand-Drawn […]

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In the Spotlight: KBarlow Design

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

As a #bossbabe, I can’t do everything on my own. I’m already the executive editor and artist in chief for all of my websites, but I still have a beginner’s grasp of code. Yes, coding is on my list of things to keep learning, but in the interest of time and my sanity I choose to […]

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The truth about the world

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

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Pen Jar Productions is featured in the Toronto Star

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Gifts, Toronto Illustrators

A little dance around my drawing desk!   A year and a half into my illustration biz and I have my first serious piece of earned media, as the PR folks like to call “press.” Thank you, writer and artist, Mary Vallis (@maryvallis @canadianstitchery). This means a lot. I will be tabling tonight and tomorrow […]

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Who knew?

Originally published in November 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

I met my friend Sam for lunch last week. We caught up on work and life. Then he told me that walking into his living room and seeing the Watches Pillow I made for him was like receiving a little jolt of Wes Anderson. I’ll take that! The things you learn about your designs from […]

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The future

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

Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Josh is in the fifth grade. He likes history and basketball. Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Adelaide likes hearts and story time.   Today, I joined forces again as a portrait artist with my wonderful partners at @JamiiEsplanade. It was their 10th year organizing @culturedays and the program, […]

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