The Heroine’s Journey of Maayan Elboim

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I am a digital 2D illustrator. I love being creative and capturing a moment in time, a feeling, a mood, or the essence of a character. Every choice in my art has a storytelling aspect to it. From the way I choose the lighting, the colours, and the composition to the pose. I love how you can tell a story and evoke a feeling using no words, just visual communication.

Whether it makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, relate to the character or smile. I also love that there is always room to grow and improve, always something to aim for. That’s how I never get bored of it.

What is my idea of happiness?

My idea of happiness is living a life authentic to yourself and your identity. Whatever that might mean for you, whether it’s doing what you love, living true to your values, being surrounded by the people you love and truly care about. And enjoy the little things in life.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing the people I love and care about. Either by something happening to them or the thought of not having them in my life anymore.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I can easily get perfectionistic, getting too much into the details of things. It just slows me down when doing certain things. It comes from a place of wanting always to challenge myself and create things of high quality. But sometimes, I take it to a place it just becomes unnecessary pressure. It is something I am working on and getting better at. Letting myself be looser and more intuitive. It freed quite a lot of pressure I put on myself, allowed me to explore different things, and gave me more room to grow.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

My current favourite artists are: Emilyena, Atey Ghalian, Tb Choi, Stjepan Sejic, Jessica Fong and Lesly Oh.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Anything relating to creating my art, whether it’s investing in a new monitor, software or an art course.

On what occasion would I lie?

Honesty is one of the things I value the most. As I mentioned before, I always try to stay true to my values. I don’t like lying. But the only occasion I’d lie is if my life were in danger or if saying the truth would cause unnecessary suffering to someone.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

That it’s hard to keep a work-life balance. On the one hand, I love the flexibility in my work, but on the other hand, it’s hard to log off sometimes. I always feel like I could be doing more. But recharging myself is equally as important as doing the work. I aim for longevity.

When and where was I the happiest in my work?

I am currently the happiest in my work. I am finally starting to find my niche and be authentic to myself as an artist by doing dark and moody horror art. Wanting to create those kinds of pieces is why I started art in the first place. I explored different things for a while but found my way back to it.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d like to be able to catch myself starting to overthink things sooner. It relates to what I mentioned before about being perfectionistic sometimes. It just slows me down. I think sometimes overthinking can be helpful, so I wouldn’t want to stop doing it entirely. Just be able to catch me sooner when it makes me overwhelmed. When it comes to art, sometimes I overthink each stroke or colour choice. But every time I get those thoughts, I ask myself, “Will doing this thing help me capture the overall mood/story of the piece? or would it not make much difference?”. That usually puts me back on track again with the big picture. The more I do that, the faster I can catch myself and prevent myself from feeling overwhelmed.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Using my art skills to help build an online art course and coach students from all over the world. I learned many skills aside from art doing so. I learned how to put my knowledge into a course concisely, how to work in a team, communicate my ideas and visually explain them to students in the clearest way possible. I really enjoyed teaching and growing beyond my art skills.

Where would I most like to live?

I connect with Spain’s culture, I think it’s a beautiful country, and I speak Spanish (for the most part). So I’d love to live there. But I currently live in Israel, and we are unfortunately in constant war. So most of all, I’d just like to live anywhere where I don’t have to be on edge about my and my family’s safety, a place with no war. 

What is my most treasured possession?

My past, opinions and memories. Anything that makes me who I am today.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My logical thinking and curiosity. I love analysing the world around me and learning new things. It comes a lot into play in my art and helped me coach students and develop a course. Art allows me to see the world from new lenses and observe the things people usually overlook, the small details and why things look the way they do. My curiosity makes me ask those questions, resulting in a more convincing art and being able to explain the concept to students more efficiently.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

There isn’t one specific place in my city that inspires me. Maybe I got used to it all. But I find inspiration everywhere I go, whether it’s looking at nature, buildings, food, all the different people, their unique characteristics or clothing.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I don’t go out to eat or drink much, but I like to go to my local coffee shop when I do. The place feels cosy and has great food. It’s a part of those little enjoyments in life for me.

What books influenced my life and how?

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood. One of my favourite genres is anything futuristic and dystopian. The book tells the story of a future where birth rates and very low. Because of that, low-class women, called handmaids, are forced to bear children for the upper class that have trouble conceiving. The story is bleak yet compelling. The fact that this book isn’t far from being a reality, especially in some places in the world, impacted me. It raised a lot of moral questions for me that were interesting or even hard to think about.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day?

I’d listen to any song by “Crosses”. They are one of those few artists I like every song and love to listen to no matter my mood.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Poison Ivy. Technically she is supposed to be a villain, but everyone has a good and a bad side to them. No one is inherently one or the other. She is an eco-terrorist, yet I see her as a heroine. Everything she does, she does to protect the ecosystem from the hands of people. And as someone who cares about global warming, she became my heroine.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My closest friends. They all went through and faced many challenging situations/experiences, yet they all kept going with their heads high. They never let them drag them down. Seeing them push through it all gives me strength and inspires me to keep going when it gets hard. We have conversations about each other’s experiences and challenges to reflect on and learn from each other. Talking with them sometimes feels like seeing myself from a different perspective.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

This is a really tough question. I watched a lot of great movies. If I had to choose one I’d say Parasite (2019). I love movies with a good plot twist, and this movie has a great one!

What role stories play in my life and work?

Stories play a major inspirational role in both my life and work. They keep my imagination going and allow me to keep learning. Whether it is about a culture, others’ mistakes or about myself. Stories give me space to ask myself moral questions through situations I wouldn’t come across or think about in real life. Those questions can help me to understand myself and my values better. Stories help keep me creative.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life mean to me?

Those words mean you are responsible for yourself and your own story. You take an active role in your life. Which can be both liberating but it can also be challenging. It’s freeing because you choose your own path and always have the option to turn things around. It is never too late to do that. And it can be challenging because life can throw many things at you, new mountains to climb, and the vast amount of choices available can get overwhelming. But you being the main character in your story does not mean you cannot ask for help with any challenge you face.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My amazing partner 

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

Blobber team, Reikon Games, Naughty dog, Insomniac Games, CD Project Red

What project am I looking forward to work on?

I look forward to continuing to work on my brand- the art that makes me, well- me, and having fun with it. I look forward to learning and challenging my skills as I go in both art and life skills.

Where can you see me or my work?

The link to all my socials is:

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

To me, passion never retires means passion isn’t something that dies out. If something is truly your passion-not just an interest, you will never stop pursuing it. Yes, you might feel like hating it sometimes because of how much you love it. But it is something you can’t turn off. It’s a part of you. I don’t see myself stopping doing art or being creative even when I’m over 80. Being passionate about things makes life worth living and meaningful, in my opinion.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?


How can you contact me?

On any of my socials linked above or via my email:

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