Welcome to the YJStudios illustration blog. I am Yoel Judowitz, a professional illustrator specializing in books, products, packaging, and educational programs. I will use this blog to share my insight and knowledge on the subjects of art and illustration. For more info see my website www.yjstudios.com
Category Archives: Artwork
After a full day of drawing pretty flowers and rainbows for a kids book something was bound to give. (Love my new grunge/watercolor brushes see last post):
I just found a really awesome Photoshop brush that imitates pencil very well.
It’s much more complex than standard “pencil” brushes and uses dual brush and other good stuff. Download it at this site for free: http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html Some really amazing brushes there. Load it into your tool presets window.
Here is a quick sketch I did with the brush. I used it at a large size (30pt) so it’s hard to see the texture but it has a great natural feel:
My main brushes consist of these:
http://adonihs.deviantart.com/art/My-Brush-Pack-118954791 (amazing basic , plus cloud, glow, hair, very good foundation)
with various extras from these:
http://mar-ka.deviantart.com/art/brushes-186829534 (bristels and texture)
http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=+brushes#/d1xs95k (light rays)
http://imaliea.deviantart.com/gallery/4673404#/d1gxeo3 (lush grass brush)
extras worth exploring:
http://www.pandemoniumart.net/brushes/ (link to several top notch collections)
http://chrisoatley.com/newsletter/ ( sign up for his newsletter to get these. some nice texture brushes)
• Check this post for an in-depth exploration of my digital painting brushes.
• Check this post for great texture and color resources.
Like these brushes? Comment and tell me about some good one’s that you use.
Here is my new Illustration Style Guide. I made this to help prospective clients articulate what type of illustration style they want. You can also see it on a new page on my website which includes pricing info.
One of the nice things about being a freelance illustrator is the variety of opportunities that come your way, especially when you have a website.
I have had requests from all over the world for things as varied as designing an Israeli stamp involving Jonathan Pollard, to using one of my illustrations as a logo for a custom beer called “Lazy Rabbi.” ( That last request was from a pub in London- I respectfully declined, but I have to admit it had a nice ring to it- “I’ll have a bowl of peanuts and two Lazy Rabbis to go please”)
Recently I’ve done several maps:
The map was for Ohr Somayach International
Maps are done in Adobe Illustrator. The challenge of creating a map is presenting many layers of information while keeping the art visually pleasing. Because of the varied resolutions maps are printed at, and the precision required, using vector art is a natural design solution.