Retro Sketch

These are from a sketchbook back in 2003. Both are graphic renditions, rendered in markers, of two aspects of Israeli culture. The first is a graphic take on the festival of Sukkot, where living and eating is done outdoors for seven days in a temporary shelter with a porous roof designed to let the skies show through a layer of reeds, bamboo, and vines. The second is a closeup of the tallit, loosely translated into English as a “prayer shawl”, and focuses in where the shawl meets the tzitzit – the four knotted group of strings at each corner, with the total number of knots adding up to 613 – one for each mitzva in the Torah. The tallit is generally white, with a blue striped pattern, though this is not a standard rule, rather, just a custom.

Sukkot_web

tallit_web

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