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Cover of the book "secular and Holy in Line and Color " A journey along the length and breadth of Tel Aviv Yaffo and Jerusalem

BOOK: Secular and Holy in Line and Color

A Drawing Journey Along the Length and Breadth of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and Jerusalem.

This book includes over 100 drawings that were created using a freehand drawing technique on smart phone screen without which such a comprehensive project could not have been achieved.

Smartphone Drawing Technique

All the paintings in this book are based on a technique that I have developed in the past: I made free hand drawings only from a direct view (without a photography) using a digital pen directly on my cell phone screen, usually Samsung Note 4 or Note 8. This method is named Digital Free Hand or in short, DFH. During the drawing stage, I almost do not look at the screen. This creates a direct eye contact between the subject been drawn and my hand without mediation of my thoughts. In addition, the availability of the phone also allows me to pull it out of my pocket and to draw an instant event that I like. My studio is located in my shirt pocket.

His works are both complex and simple, fast and precise, quick but detailed, schematic and deep. The free pen strokes on the phone’s screen and the thin lines provide his illustration with a light, airy look.

… Michael’s unique technique and language deepen the special connection between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and create a bridge between them, to the point that they sometimes seem to be one city.

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv Ido Biran,
Architect and Urban Photographer
Head of the “Tel-Avivi” Project – Urban Portrait

The Author

The author, Michael Slatkine, is a painter and doctor in physics who shares his time between painting and science. The colorfulness and light in his paintings drew on his childhood in East Africa. In recent years he has developed a Digital Free Hand Drawing technique using a phone screen. For the past two years, Michael’s smart phone has been used to document six cities Author around the country through 600 drawings.

Golden dome and mosque in Jerusalem, with mount olives and church
A view from the roof of the “Royal Hotel” at the Jaffa Gate plaza
Old Jaffa
St. Peter's Church in Kedoumin square, Jaffa