Israeli Artist Depicts a 'Perfect Storm' in The New Yorker

Tomer Hanuka says he was inspired by the nostalgia of snow and the endless possibilities NYC offered through the lens of his bedroom window.

Israeli illustrator and cartoonist Tomer Hanuka has his first cover in this week's New Yorker, featuring a drawing called "Perfect Storm," depicting a man and woman sitting in bed and staring out their window onto a romantic, snow-covered New York City.

The artist said that first thought of the concept after reading "Indianapolis (Highway 74),"a short story by Sam Shepard that ran in The New Yorker in 2009.

"Snow is inherently nostalgic. It encourages you to travel back and think about your life. I think it's something about the way it blankets reality, sort of erasing the present one dead pixel at a time. And that makes room for the past," Hanuka said about his drawing.

The artist moved to New York in his early twenties after completing his military service in Israel.

"You encounter the world as an adult for the first time," he said about looking out the window of his first apartment. "Every window you stared through before was your parent's world, and now, suddenly, you're in a city. You're washed in optimism and a sense of freedom—you've just been liberated and that's amazing. And then you realize you can do very little, and it's terribly disappointing. But the heartache and all that, that comes later."