It has been so long that I have been contemplating this move: having my own blog that is. More than a year a go I have launched my site izharcohen.com which serves me as a good showcase of most of what I have done thus far. I have conceived it and designed it with the brilliant animator Yoni Goodman. As time passes by, I have found the need to have a more dynamic shop window to the world. So, while maintaining my site as the more ‘institutional’ representative of my art, I will here try and feed my blog in a more ‘hands-on’ approach and will attempt a weekly update (crazy as it seems to me) So, here we go. Every week I have two regular engagement; the one, dated since fifteen years a go, is Yair Lapid‘s weekly column. Initially published in Maariv and later moved to Yedioth Achronot. This weekly illustration is for me the fruit of a correspondence with a good friend who provides me with a continuous string of witty and intelligent writing. His writing never failed to provokes me into a visual expression of my own thought and emotions. The format in which the column is designed allows for a main illustration and an additional small vignette. The second Regular weekly interaction i have, is much ‘younger’. It is with the syndicated weekly column from the Financial Times written by Tim Harford, published weekly in the Israeli equivalent of the FT Globe’s G magazine: here, the theme and the content are entirely different. The challenge here for me is to deal with topics that will always relate to economic issues, which to say the least, are not my first choice for a playing field. Nevertheless, this is one of the joys in being an illustrator: being constantly challenged to find your own original angle and express it in your own handwriting and your own metaphors. As with the Lapid’s column, also here there are two illustration. The difference here is that there are two separate themes: one is the main article and the second is a ‘hit the expert’ style piece where readers are addressing Harford with questions of all natures while expecting him to apply his economical faculties to provide them with appropriate replies.
These illustrations accompanied Lapid‘s last week’s column As events in the Political arena in Israel were very much dominated by the police investigation into PM Olmert’s alleged bribery suspicions. Lapid is raising the question whether resignation is a wise thing to resort to when you are down.
Can the Brixton currency ever pay its way?
These illustrations accompanied Tim Harford column concerning the costs and benefits of local exchange trading schemes (LETS), which are alternative currencies that circulate around a small community.
The smaller illustration relates to a letter written by a reader concerned with what he suspected to be a raw deal of parenting he got from his parents, in comparison with the one his naughty younger sister got form the same set of parents.