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
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.
This weeks word for Illustrator Friday is “Faded.”
I did this sketch a while ago. I was reminded of it when a friend of mine who works for one of the premier Jewish antiques dealers in the world J Greenstein and Co. , told me about a Holocaust surviver who recently walked into his shop.
The elderly gentleman mentioned having been in a concentration camp and showed my friend his camp number tattoed on his upper arm. He told my friend that he was only 12 years old when he entered the camp. Because of that the number is high on his arm, rather then in the normal place on the forearm.
My friend told me that he regrets not having taken a picture with this surviver so he could show it to his children one day.
It is said that a person once came to the Grand Rabbi of Satmar to receive a blessing. The Rabbi told him “Why are you coming to me? Go to those with the numbers on their arm, they are worthy of bestowing blessings.”
The survivers are fading. Their memories will live on.