Alison Garwood Jones

Coco and Diana

Originally published in March 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Reading is my greatest joy. This exchange appeared in Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s biography on Diana Vreeland called Empress of Fashion. Diana described the conversation in greater detail: “Coco [Chanel] was a nut on armholes. She never, ever got an armhole quite, quite perfect, the way she wanted it. She was always snipping and taking out […]

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Life Drawing during Covid

Originally published in December 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Dude throwing javelin Woman in fetal position Grizzled man hunched in deep thought I’ve pointed my drawing horse at all of these classic life drawing poses (back when it was possible to attend pay-as-you-go art classes). During Covid, to prevent rust buildup, I’ve sought out figure poses in Google image searches and YouTube channels, including […]

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Why we love dogs

Originally published in November 2020 in Blog, Custom Portraits

I’m Lio and my mom asked Alison to draw me for my upcoming birthday. I’ll be one on December 19th.  If I understand the family chatter correctly, I’ve helped everyone get through some ups and downs lately.  Everyone keeps saying it’s bad out there, but I feel great. Nothing’s gonna get me down.  Stick with me […]

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Custom Home Portraits

Originally published in October 2020 in Blog, Holiday Gift Ideas, Toronto Illustrators

A custom illustration of your home makes an original holiday gift.

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Conversations on Zoom during Covid-19

Originally published in April 2020 in Blog, Cartoons, Comic, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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Advice from an astronaut

Originally published in March 2020 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

It helps to understand your place in the world right now. 🌎 Thank you, astronaut Chris Hadfield, for giving us some perspective. 🚀 Source: YouTube – “An Astronaut’s Guide to Self-Isolation”  

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I’m looking for a new printing partner

Originally published in March 2020 in Blog, Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Toronto Illustrators

Some of you are asking how I’m faring in my search for a new business partner to print and ship my pillows, totes, scarves, and tees at Pen Jar Productions. 👚 👕 First, THANK YOU! 😘 The answer is: I’m doing my due diligence, researching my options online, talking to friends, drinking tea ☕️, and building a chart in […]

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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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Dear Facebook

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

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