22 Dec 2010

Artist 56: YONIL

Illustration Rally is lucky to have YONIL, aka Jonathon Lax all the way from sunny Tel Aviv! YONIL is another one of those amazing people who excel both in the feild of illustration and graphic design, loving both disciplines equally. Not one to beat around the bush, he strives to keep away from boring work and keep with the projects that interest him. YONIL's work has an immediate pathos which really grabs you and seems to give a vitality and strength to his muted palette. His work has a diagramatic, scientific quality straight out of texts and this is teamed with a beautiful sinuous blood like quality that gives the work a different paradigm. Compositionally his work is also strong with his tender palette and sharp eye for structure bringing you a fuller more satisfying flavour. Tasty work, freshly served, Its YONIL.

Who are you:
I am YONIL and I am also Jonathan Lax, depending on the occasion. I’m an illustrator and a graphic designer living and working in Tel-aviv, Israel. I’m also a cat person (not at the moment unfortunately, but as a general statement).

What do you do:
I do anything that involves graphic design or illustration and that interests me (Like many others - I’m not a big fan of boring work). I illustrate for newspapers, I design t-shirts, often work with the music & arts industries for posters, album covers etc. The general idea is to do whatever is fun, so I can keep loving the profession as much as I do.

How did you start:
I was in London the winter of 2003. I saw tons of bands, saw music posters, bought many records and tees and pretty much got inspired enough to know that this is what I wanna do for the rest of my life. I then studied for four years in the department of visual communication at the Holon institute of technology (H.I.T.) in israel, graduated a little over a year ago, and here I am.

A personal statement:
Whenever I do a graphic design work – I miss illustrating so much and vice versa.
This is probably the best thing about it all, I was fortunate enough to actually work in two different jobs that really fit well together and which both I absolutely in love with.


  1. Just wonderful! The first illustration is simply fab. Like them all.


  2. That is exactly what I wanted to say ;D
    Great work!