Alison Garwood Jones

Working For Free

Originally published in April 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Building your castle on someone else’s land is deceptively simple and attractive … until the landlord changes the terms on you. Etsy sellers are facing a 30% hike in their transaction fees. The plugins exist to go out on your own. Sure, it will take time, but what you get back in pride and ownership […]

Read more

Kay Thompson

Originally published in April 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

“Getting bored is not allowed.” Who is the Kay Thompson in your life? #Eloise  

Read more

Art Classes: Cocoa & Paint

Originally published in March 2022 in Art Classes, Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Cocoa and Paint Jamii is hosting a series of FREE “Cocoa and Paint” workshops for people of ALL ages in our community. March 30 – April 6 – April 13, 2022 (3 evenings) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. At the St. Lawrence Community Centre Funded by Rama Gaming House As a group, alongside artist Alison […]

Read more

Reasons for Hope

Originally published in February 2022 in Blog

U.S. Women’s Soccer Win Equal Pay

Read more

Elsie de Wolfe

Originally published in November 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Elsie de Wolfe on the shoulders of her French fitness instructor.   Elsie was one of the great characters of the early 20th century. As they say, she was up for anything.   Daughter of an American father and a Canadian mother, she ran a successful interior design firm on “Toity-toid” street in New York, […]

Read more

Hyper-realistic vs. suggestive drawing styles

Originally published in November 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Hyper-realistic or suggestive?     In high school, I was OBSESSED with drawing objects so accurately that the viewer might mistakenly try and lift them off the page. I liked certainty. This copy of a Clinique eyeliner ad was a case in point.   While I was making this, I remember slicing my Staedler eraser […]

Read more

Paris in Muskoka

Originally published in August 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Last week, we had the most delicious croissants, crêpes, and coffee from the food truck, Frenchie’s Bakery and Crêperie. You can find their truck parked on the sparkling shoreline of Huntsville inner harbour.  You don’t go to Muskoka to leave it, but while the food was on our plates we WERE IN PARIS! We dedicate this drawing of the […]

Read more

A Stroll Through Allen Gardens

Originally published in August 2021 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Anita DM’d me on Instagram to ask if I could capture Toronto’s Allen Gardens, the place where she and her boyfriend, Scott, first got to know each other. Here’s to love!  I had the freedom to interpret the scene as I saw fit. This is my favourite kind of working relationship.  Tools: I drew this […]

Read more

Goodbye, Instagram. Hello again, WordPress

Originally published in July 2021 in Blog

What? You didn’t hear the news? Instagram’s 3-column scrolling gallery loved by illustrators, photographers and influencers alike is going away.  The very thing that makes Instagram unique — its square photo sharing feature (and filters) — is about to be wiped out and replaced by all video all the time. But why? you ask.   […]

Read more

How I Drew This

Originally published in July 2021 in Blog, How to Draw, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Process Porn: I drew this landscape in the @Procreate app using the “Peppermint” pencil ✏️ (in the Brush Library under “Sketching”). Paul Cézanne was my guide. His angled brushstrokes had a consistent rhythm. They look like the wind blew them all in the same direction. I prefer Procreate’s pencil tools to it’s oil brushes (at […]

Read more
error: Content is protected !!