Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Who, the What and the When



About a year ago I was invited to contribute to The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History. The book focuses on portraits of people who helped change history. It highlights the famous figures you’re already familiar with, but instead it commemorate the friends, relatives, neighbors and muses who enabled, inspired and directly helped those figures achieve their mark. The book is brilliantly created and curated by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman and Matt Lamothe, one of the best creative teams working today.
My subject of interest turned out to be Joseph Dalton (J.D.) Hooker, Charles Darwin’s colleague. I read the essay (written by Colin Milroy) and did some background check and portrayed him as a smart, carrying modest man and a loyal friend. He was one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the 19th century.
Looking back I wondered if that was the best way to describe him, especially considering the high range of possibilities illustrating a botanist (imagine all the plants!!!!) but every time I come to the conclusion that making something showy would have been lying about who this man really was.


Yesterday I received my copy of the book which is full of truly amazing illustrations and fascinating characters. Each spread reveals a whole world and you can never expect what will be next. I highly recommend it for everyone. Yes everyone.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The wrong thing


Recent editorial for Haaretz weekend supplement. The text reveals horrifying facts about birth reduction in the last half a century, all in the name of "humanity saving". Forced sterilization, abortion on behalf of the government and a brutal integrating dilution-based sequencing of vulnerable populations are only the main bullet points brought up in the article.
I had a few ideas concerning the image starting with very literate and powerful visuals and ending with very implied and delicate concept and eventually we chose the storks hunting theme.
I'm not 100% happy with the final result (its rarely full 100) but the process was a great learning experience.

Monday, November 10, 2014

This time of the year




Some of my recent designs for DVASH includes calendars for 2015 and greeting cards for the holiday season. I enjoyed working on these intro banners (full size on the web), it felt like solving a math algorithm. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Pattern

Something I illustrated recently using vintage robot toys as a reference. It looks even better as a pattern on boxing shorts

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Very important people

This time I would like to clear the stage for all of my friends, family, coworkers, random people I've just met and complete strangers that somehow found their way to the frame of my camera. Thank you for posing and keeping your coolness and patience and for showing great acting skills even in the toughest conditions.

These are only a tip of the iceberg of what I have collected so far

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Very important person


A few months ago I was informed that my illustrations for the book "Old shoes of Mr. Minasa" won the Ben-Yitzhak honorable mention. The award is given by the Israel museum once every two years and granted primarily on the basis of the illustration's quality.

Last rainy Friday I had the honor to participate in the special ceremony held in the children's wing in the museum. I shook hands, smiled, listened to the fascinating speech-lecture of the first award winner but the meaning of the winning remained incomprehensible to me.

One of my "fame duties" was to write a letter addressed to the museum's children wing about anything I want and to draw anything I want. All the letters are displayed alongside the winning books in the special exhibition in the museum's library. I chose to make a reproduction of one of my first illustrations- inventions as a child: a weightlifter with refreshening dumbbells.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Editorial boot camp

Not too recent editorial for Haaretz weekend supplement in a very short deadline. It was fun though since the whole approach and methods changing when you need to think faster. Do try this at home

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boohoo Goo


Editorial for Einayim magazine for a piece about grey goo. The whole issue evolved around "grey issues" so I was asked to adjust the color to the theme. 
I was slightly disturbed by the text and tried to soften this harmless existential threat with lighter sketches but the editor reassured me that the young audience can take it.
So I decided to admire his courage and to hope not to get caught in one of these creepy houses in the middle of nano-robotic attack.

Here are the two final versions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fool


Recently I was commissioned by Fool magazine for a three page editorial on the latest "religion" issue.
The experience was a perfect combination of well written content, great communication, and the publication itself that seems to be created from the love of all those involved.
I won't even start to try telling you the stories behind the images, just go and get yourself an issue it will make your day prettier.
Many thanks to Lotta, the amazing Art director and 
co-founder who gave me her trust

Monday, October 6, 2014

Who is afraid from the dark?


Cover and spread editorial on last Friday's Haaretz supplement.
As in many cases I didn't have the opportunity to read the article but had the general outline of "The Dark Side of children custody". It discussed women harassed by their divorcees after the marriage is over.
Despite being raised by a single mom I often find myself taking the father's side but this time the editors directions were very clear.
It was fun doing something more clean and graphic for a change and the amazing Adi Oren once again turned the whole thing to something magical.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I'm from here


These days I had the honor to participate in a fascinating exhibition curated at beit Ariela. The exhibition, curated by Liora Grossman after a thorough research, displays various Israeli illustration works from the last 60 years. Most of all, it is a nice visual documentation of space and time through the eyes of 70 (!!) local illustrators.
Photo courtesy of Liora Fridan

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Creative Quarterly issue # 35

One of my illustrations won award of excellence in the latest Creative Quarterly contest. Another one is a runner up on the web. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Myself issues

Editorial for Einayim magazine ("the magazine for thinking children"). The text dealt with issues of self-definition in the technological era so the art director wanted to focus on digital identity and social network. I preferred the other option that remained as a sketch.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

P.S


Following my last post, these are a few additional illustrations for B&C annual. The "not so illustrative" texts revolved around issues of science and Innovation, cooperation between research, industrial production and politics and global exchange of knowledge. But the editors were very accommodating and fun to work with so they just went with my ideas all the way.
I really like how the book turned out, the layout, design and the total look is professional and immaculate. The black and white portraits were made by the very talented ArturBodenstein.
Thank you Selma and Caroline, it's been truly a pleasure.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Draw me the world



My first illustrated map for B&C annual. I wanted to tick off on this subject for a while now so when Caroline, my agent told me about this commission I was super exited.
Although I can proudly consider myself as a woman of many gifts and talents, geography has never been part of them; therefore it wasn't only a professional discovery but also a very educational one. Now you can ask me anything! 
During the process the client wanted to focus only on specific parts of the informative map so I offered two globes solution and things just become much more interesting

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Parallels


Editorial for Johns Hopkins Magazine. The piece, written by Bert Mordechai Miller was very light and funny and reminded me of a very similar experience I once had. It was fun working with humoristic content and to play with big shapes and bold colors. Thank you Pam for sensing my style, it has truly been a pleasure.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

What future holds




Editorial for Diabetic Living magazine. It was super fun working on this one for many reasons but especially because there was the right amount of time for the process and the right amount of room for the creative dialog with the art directors. It is fun to receive a constructive feedback and to grow from one point to another.
The article reflects the diabetic treatment progress in the past, present and future so the starting point was a journey theme and then all the rest just happened.
Special thanks to the AD Michelle B. and to Illozoo, my wonderful agency. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Psychological Warfare

Recent double spread editorial for Haaretz's weekend supplement