Yehuda Devir chats with 716 Live

Jasmine Reed The Author: What made you want to become an artist?

Yehuda Devir: I began to draw at a very young age. I had support from home to do what I chose and loved and not what others expected me to do. I was very fascinated with American comics. I have been following the stories and artists for many years, and of course hoped to be like them one day.

When I met my wife Maya, who is a gifted artist herself, she suggested we go together to study at an Art and Design University. We graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and since then have been working full-time as comic artists.

Jasmine Reed The Author: Why are comics important?

Yehuda Devir: I think comics are a wonderful way to tell a story, these days in particularly. Not everyone has the patience to sit down and read a book. I know I’ve never been a diligent reader. The illustrations are making the story very accessible to those who don’t have the patience to read continuously. It also combines visual art with written art which is a wonder within itself.

Jasmine Reed The Author: Where do you get the concepts for your artwork?

Yehuda Devir: “One of those days” comics began when we moved to Tel Aviv and were looking for an apartment. Maya suggested that I make a fun illustration asking our friends to help find a nice apartment (it’s very hard in Tel Aviv). The illustration got many people’s attention and sympathy and now we publish a new illustration every week. My wife Maya and I get “One of those days” illustration ideas from real moments in our lives. We found out along the way that a lot of people are relating to our moments and see themselves in them so it was nice to know that we are not alone in those situations.

Jasmine Reed The Author: Any advice for new artists?

Yehuda Devir: The best tip I can give to my fellow artists is to never stop practicing. Constantly keep your hand and head in action. Start by looking at the artists you love and try to learn how they work. Take a look at people on the street and try to figure out how the human body moves.

When I was a child, I was helped by looking at superheroes to understand the anatomy of the human body. Apart from the technique, the most important thing is content. Invest your energy in producing quality content for your illustrations.

Jasmine Reed The Author:  What’s next for you?

Yehuda Devir: The sky is the limit! Animation show, more books, toys, games, and so on…

 

 

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Jasmine Reed The Author is Editor-in-chief of 716live.com. To collaborate, email jasmine@716live.com. Thanks for reading!