Tuesday, January 17, 2006

beirut :: cafe montana

asaf :: this is a colored sketch for an animation project about the war in lebanon.
for those less familiar with the subject - in 1982 the israeli army invaded lebanon in order to fight terrorist cells, or at least this is what the minister of defense at the time, ariel sharon, had promised the government. what meant to be a 48 hours operation became a nightmare that lasted months.
the war became a suppressed trauma in the collective memory of israel. ariel sharon, until recently a popular prime-minister, is now in coma.

here is a view of a cafe in beirut were some of the fighting took place.
more to come on this one.


  1. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Hey Asaf, I really like these two, they remind me some of your work in Carton Janune, great work! k

  2. I love these. they have so much energy and feeling. positively delicious.

  3. awesome layouts, i wanna see this animation. hell, i wanna work on it.

  4. Anonymous11:54 PM

    Hi Asaf
    amazing work, i can feel that your heart is in it, very powerfull.
    Can't wait to see more of this.

  5. Nice work all around on this here blog.

  6. Anonymous3:55 AM

    nice light quality, nice palette on this one. Is this a short or a feature? Who's producing it? It would be great to see an animated feature on a subject like this. It seems incredibly difficult to near impossible to get animated features with adult subjects produced. Outside of the occasional no-budget short, animation tends to get the automatic tag of "family audience". It would be nice to see this change in the near future.

    The usual argument against something like this tends to be, "why does it need to be animated?" As with comics, another example of people confusing the medium with the content. It's as equally relevant to ask why someone would paint a picture rather than take a photograph. And if you HAVE to ask...

  7. Anonymous10:38 AM

    outstanding work! great textures with a deep sense of environment and mood. its refreshing to see a deep understanding of tone that reflects a war zone with a french-middle eastern touch. i love that mixture. it sets the stage to anything can happen every minute now. its looks peaceful like a ticking time bomb.
    > t

  8. Anonymous6:08 AM

    Hi Assaf
    great great work- i love it
    tell me, what did you use for reference ? Jaffa ?
    the carecters remind me of an old book by the name of "Jaffa Stories" -for some reason...

  9. k - I had the same deja vue while drawing it, because of the subject matter, but also for the color approach. sometimes I miss the magical randomality of water color - all those great accidents. if it could only dry faster...

    nate - thanks. the opening image of your blog looks promising. looking forward to seeing some posts.

    the clowninja - thank you. cool figure drawings on your blog, has an expressive dark energy, I like it.

    namnam - you got that right :)

    jesse - thanks dude. please stop by again.

    jed - can't say too much at this point... you know how these projects are ;)

    t - you made my day!

    pil - thanks for stopping by. as for the references - just dowloaded a bunch from google. never heard of "jaffa Stories", but I think most of the Mediterranean cities by the sea tend to have a similar vibe.

  10. Anonymous10:42 PM

    the dimension of this study is amazing...

  11. all the posibilities on this images are just and simply gratefullfor the eye of all of us (webspectetores)