As a new artist, living in the social media age is great because the world is a lot more open for me.
I think that especially as Israel is such a small country, it is critical for young artists to reach out of our small market into bigger “ponds”.
The graphic novel I wrote and illustrated as my final project in art school excites me. It is a symbol of my ultimate goal: to be a writer-illustrator. That is what I strive for.
I believe that we are naturally moving towards a more digitalised world. Some of my work is completely virtual - appearing in digital magazines or websites. Not a lot is printed, so we don't use as much paper as we perhaps once would have done.
I kind of stumbled into illustration, actually.
I had just finished my army service, and thought I would probably like to be a psychiatrist. But, I had some time so I decided to take some design classes, just to explore that part that I always thought I had in me.
I just fell in love with it, and decided to go for it and get in to art school.
Good call, I think.
I draw a lot from just my personal life, my family, my home, the news.
I love listening to comedians such as Sarah Silverman or John Oliver talk about social and political issues; I think comedians and the way they perceive the world is a wonderful inspiration for me.
At my very core, I am a storyteller. illustration and animation are my tools, and I like to use them as a way of “softening” difficult subjects, such as gender issues, racism, illness, old age and such.
Another thing I do a lot is to find the silly little things that connect us. Humans have so much more in common than we think.
A little piece from a mini graphic novel I did.
I wrote it in Hebrew, but it talks about how my name confuses people, and makes them ask if I am a boy or a girl; something that mortified me when I was young.
It made me try to be super “feminine”, in the way I perceived femininity at the time.
It’s a way for me to talk about gender and about how we like to put people in boxes, even though non of us actually fit.
Freedom for me is being able to explore and to follow your passions.
My dream for the near future is to start a collaboration project with other illustrators that I love in the graphic novel genre.
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