Chofetz Chaim pencil sketch

I taught my art class yesterday portrait pencil sketching. Quick 1.5 hour sketch of Chofetz Chaim. Lost and found edges are very important. I do not get to do much actual sketching nowadays because I work digitally so this was a rare fun opportunity:Chofetz Chaim pencil sketch smallExpression is all in the eyes, while capturing “likeness” is all about getting the larger relative proportions right (which in this case is not perfect but close enough)Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 10.33.04 AM

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New Purim cover for Spotlight magazine Watch Mordechai and Esther turn over into Haman and Zeresh

Designing and painting this cover was lots of fun. Flip over the picture and Mordechai and Esther turn into some other well known characters for a Purim surprise. Show your kids, share with others and enjoy:Mordechai and Esther Purim Spotlight cover turnover  pictureHaman and Zeresh Purim Spotlight cover  turnover picture

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Animated Alter of Slabodka Painting

What would it be like to meet R’ Nosson Zvi (Nota Hirsh) Finkel Ztz’l – known as the Alter of Slabodka? Perhaps this animated painting can give us a feeling.

This animated Gif is based on a digital painting of the Alter by yours truly. Available for purchase in high-res for print on canvas.  Contact for more info. Put the word “alter” in the subject line:


The Alter of Slobodka Painting detail

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Mishpacha Magazine YJ Studios Interview

I am grateful to Mishpacha Magazine, and to writer/interview Mrs. Rachel Bachrach in particular, for this interview about my illustration studio. It was fun, and hopefully informative for those wishing to know more about the illustration profession. Mrs. Bachrach did an outstanding job of asking the right questions and reformulating my answers into a professional easy to read article. I am especially grateful that they kept in (a good chunk) of the jokes.

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