The Bohemian Illustrator: Izak Zenou

Our Paris born illustrator Izak Zenou makes art that connects “through whims, charms, elegance, humor, surprise and coolness,” as he says.

I love Izak’s work especially his illustrations for the book Bohemian Manifesto. His work was my first¬†introduction to the art form of illustration. It is undeniably the epitome of whimsical chic.

His clients include Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s alongside¬†Chanel, C√©line and Sephora. Chic with chic Darling!

Zenou was previously a Fashion designer then switched to Illustration because Darlings we Bohemians cannot commit to one form of art… So much talent why constrain ourselves?

He also illustrated Billy Joel’s Ode to NYC children’s book: “New York State of Mind¬†and did the cover art for¬† Francesca Castagnoli’s novel: “Princess: You know who you are.”

Zenou’s top tip (as posted in JeffyBruce.blogspot.co.uk) on entering the creative arena:

“The advice I would give is believe in yourself, work hard and be patient.¬†¬†You also have to engage in life and always stay in motion; keep moving forward.¬†¬†Do what you are inspired to do and eventually, it will all work out.”

 

 

My first exposure to his work all began in the charming book Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge. Written by the Queen of Bohemia Laren Stover. Look out for the forthcoming updated edition of this book with more of his work in. I have been telepathically informed that new chapters are being typed by faeries’ feet as Laren dictates the words. Though Zenou continues with conventional methods to draw new illustrations.

 

“If I succeed somehow to put emotion in the eyes- I seduce myself. I’m touched, I’m moved and I’m happy with that.” – Izak

For the Fan Girls Zenou’s designs can be yours on Laptop sleeves, iPad and selected phone covers at¬†DecalGirl.com/Izak.

NEW d’izak collection of fashion accessories, including silk scarves, totes and small leather goods:¬†
C O M I N G   S O O N ! 

 

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     www.ShopIzak.com
(to hear when this collection is released and more)

 

A Gallery of His Art…. (From NYC-Traffic.com)

 

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Where he works

His apartment/loft studio as featured in Michael Mundy’s An Afternoon With
(circa 2010)

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Source

 

C o n n e c t    w i t h    I z a k 

Instagram: @IzakZenou_Illustrationist     Facebook: /IzakIllustration     Twitter: @IzakZenou     Pinterest: @IzakZenou      www.IzakZenou.com
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    www.ShopIzak.com
On his inspiration, on American Women,  on Traffic-NYC.com, his portfolio his Brand Book

 


BONUS!

 

A Surprise for You… The original illustrations from the official companion site BohemianManifesto.com
(This website is no longer in existence.)
Images found on this site.

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There is¬†a ¬†N E W ¬†U P D A T E D ¬†edition of this book in the works with Dandy Goths and Steampunk making an appearance. Stover has also “dreamed up lush descriptions of Fairy Folk and a call to action for¬†Zen Bohemians.”

 

Teasers of this pending edition and a Gallery of Bohemians found on instagram: @Bohemian_Manifesto_Book

For Bohemian Purist’s like myself (total oxymoron)¬†I implore you to Gift Yourself and chums the original edition pronto. Shop here!

Bohemia must reign my Darlings…

T w e e t    t h e   W r i t e r  s
o f     t h i s    b o o k :

Laren Stover: @Reine_Des_Feine

Paul Himmelein: @Paul_Himmelein

 

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The World’s Most Glamorous Bohemian: Edwige Fenech

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Edwige Fenech is an actress who was most popular back in the 70’s garnering¬†commercial success in “commedia sexy all’italiana” films. This genre of film is essentially a “sex comedy Italian style” with a plethora of beautiful women, many of whom all too happy to take their tops off. On top of that salacious delight are classic slapstick moments and lot’s of well-off¬†characters¬†engaging in all kinds of silliness! “The sins of Madame Bovary” (1969) is by far my favorite film of hers. It’s plot is more serious and true to life and I relate to Fenech’s character; Emma Bovary’s dreams of a better life filled with more beauty and more passion. Though my morals are more stringent than Bovary’s! It’s indulgent and at times slow paced, do note this film like many of her others¬†is in Italian.

Edwige is absolutely stunning in this¬†film (and all her others!) She is almost too glamorous to gaze at. But view it and admire it all you want as it is a film adaptation of influential French writer Gustave Flaubert’s Realist Novel: “Madame Bovary.” Don’t let Edwige’s beauty and willingness to¬†disrobe fool you into categorizing¬†her as¬†cinematic eye candy.¬†Edwige Fenech is as compelling and credible an actress as she is comely. A triple threat by today’s standards.

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This Mediterranean Beauty (her father is ¬†Maltese) gloriously¬†embodies the ultimate Bohemian chic with printed scarves on her head, a nonchalant penchant for showing her body and a wild career as an actress baring her soul and breasts. Best of all she lived through the 60’s and 70’s and was at the peak of her youth¬†and beauty¬†during those audacious decades.

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I say kudos to Edwige’s¬†brazen roles as seductress, kudos to her softcore porn scenes and¬†merci beaucoup Fenech¬†for your sensual presence on film.