I believe in ghosts!

There’s no other explanation. I have today felt the need to change my portrait on my Facebook page. Found a snap on my iPhone and started playing with it (Believe me, there is a considerable non pixelated mass to play with)

I have eventually ended with the image below:

me

me

So, why,  you might be asking does the title relates to my belief in the existence of ghosts?  Well, Mr. A. Warhol insist on staying for the night. next thing I know he’d be asking for a ball of tinned soup.

Missing

Little did he know, in view of the weekend’s kidnaping event in Israel, Last week’s Shlomo Artzi’s column dealt with the concept of absence, disappearance, missing things, missing people and all things that are no longer present.

I have dared, on this occasion to stray out of my habitual drawn way, and allowed myself the use of my artistic license to create this photo montage.

Missing

Missing

The image relates in particular to one of the themes evoked in the column, relating to a missing young woman.

Alice Munro, An Ounce of Cure

During this week, books will be celebrated throughout Israel in this annual tradition of the’ Book’s week’.

For that occasion, I was asked by Yedioth Ahronoth, to illustrate  An Ounce of Cureone of Alice Munro’s (the Nobel Prize winner in Literature 2013) short stories.

I really enjoyed the reading, first of all because of the genre; I ‘m a lousy reader, therefore knowing from the word go, that the reading will be concluded shortly, provides me with a great incentive.

A second source of enjoyment was the story itself, and the author’s facility to depict through simple words and a direct, prosaic style, the entire life of her heroine.

The story line is built around one event which turns out to be a pivotal one for the rest of the heroine’s life.

Highly recommended.

The other, most important source of enjoyment for me, was a phone call from my wonderful dad, who saw the illustration in the paper, so he called me to say how much he liked it.

If only for that, it was worth it!

 

Alice Ann Munro - An Ounce of Cure Rough

Alice Ann Munro – An Ounce of Cure Rough

Alice Ann Munro-An Ounce of Cure AW

Alice Ann Munro-An Ounce of Cure AW

The perpetual burden of filing

The nightmare of introducing documents into our sacred household, is an act which I consider to be aggressive and violent on our precious dwindling time resources.

I was asked to illustrate an article dealing with filing management, relating in particular to the French health care bureaucracy.

 

The perpetual burden of filing

The perpetual burden of filing

And here is the rough:

The perpetual burden of filing-Rough

The perpetual burden of filing-Rough

 

Will Mutual Assured Destruction Continue to Deter Nuclear War?

This month’s Skeptic is raising and dealing with an existential question nested in the human nature.

Here it is:

When I was in elementary school in the early 1960s, we were periodically put through “duck and cover” drills under the risibly ridiculous fantasy that our flimsy wooden desks would protect us from a thermonuclear detonation over Los Angeles. When I was an undergraduate at Pepperdine University in 1974, the father of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller, spoke at our campus about the effectiveness of mutual assured destruction (MAD) to deter war. He said that by stockpiling many weapons neither side has anything to gain by initiating a first strike because of the retaliatory capability of both to send the other back to the Paleolithic.

Read the clicking on the image below:

 

scientific american Mutual Assured Destruction

Scientific American Mutual Assured Destruction

 

Here is my rough for this illustration:

Mutual Assured Destruction- rough

Mutual Assured destruction rough

And the final artwork:

Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) artwork

Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) artwork

 

A Silver divorce

My last piece for Investment news was around the topic of  what’s called a Silver divorce, a separation between two mature partners which should involve in their separation agreement all their earthly assets including their pension funds.

I am sharing here the roughs that eventually brought about the final artwork, as I personally preferred the first idea, The editor was in fact looking for something that would spell out in a more pronounce way the actual players in this sorry event, so here they are.

Retirement Income

Retirement Income

Silver divorce, rough 1

Silver divorce, rough 1

Silver divorce , rough 2

Silver divorce , rough 2

Silver divorce AW

Silver divorce AW

 

Naughty or Nice? When Does It Begin?

This is the title for Michael Shermer’s May Skeptic column for Scientific American.

A the title suggests, the text explores the tipping point between a moralistic elevation or a stumble into the pits of evil.

Shermer  brings the example an incident captured on a cctv camera in a subway station, showing a woman being pushed from the platform onto the rails by another man. The next thing that happens, is the arrival of a man who witnessed the incident from the other end of the platform, reaching straight to the assailant, hitting and punching him for his aggression. Only then, he attends to the lady who’s been lying on the rails, vulnerable to a potentially lethal arrival of a train.

This course of events, raises many questions about our instinctive view of right and wrong and our inherent sense of justice. The surprising results of an experiment with babies, shed some light on a possible explanation for this behavior.

unfortunately, a YouTube video which relates to the text, and eventually to my illustration, had been removed and can no longer be watched. However, the text in the article describes the sequence of events in a clear manner.

Worth reading.

Naughty or Nice? When Does It Begin?

Naughty or Nice? When Does It Begin?