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, Céline 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 ! 

 

💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
     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
💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
    www.ShopIzak.com
On his inspiration, on American Womenon 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

 

The Unstoppable Bohemian: Audrey the Artist

Bohemians will do anything to pursue their art and Audrey the Artist glorifies this. Having a disability does not stop her expressing her vision through twisted wired lines and spots of vibrant inks. You just gotta keep on keeping on when you have talent in life. Though I do wander if at times she is in physical pain when she makes her art….

Her hands remind me of a ballerina; long and elegant though harboring pain we cannot begin to imagine.  Like our own hands but extraordinary yet fragile and ultimately beautiful.

Audrey’s aesthetic is feminine, edgy and chic. The faceless beauties she draws tell a story with their hair, some designs are also available as tote bags!  

I adore illustrators because they make the world prettier! Think about it, they really do. From adverts, instruction manuals, prints on products… Illustration is EVERYWHERE to inform, educate, entertain and inspire and make the world look better as well as share a special style to see the world with plus a reinterpretation of how things can look.

An interview by Golden Boy Press with the Artist found here.

Here’s a snippet of the interview.

What’s a typical day for you?
Eating, drawing, going out, sleeping. Repeat. I love going out to see concerts, and you may take me as a psycho, but sometimes I just feel like tattooing every lyric on my body, haha. It happened when I saw Haim last year, I just got like “each song is full of life” and I wanted that feeling tattooed on my body.

How does your environment empower you to pursue what you love?
I wouldn’t say my environment empowers me. In my family, I don’t have any artists, so very early I realized I had to draw my own path, which is something you have to accept ; I mean sometimes, it would be so nice to have someone close to relate to. Most of all, I try to travel as much as possible, and meet people from different countries, with different cultures. Differences are empowering.

What are your top 5 main influences?
Stina Persson, Jordi Labanda as illustrators. I’ve been lucky as hell to meet Jordi, he’s such a brilliant man. One of my current influences is Sia (from her video clips to her album covers). I mean, jeez, so much talent. I am also highly influenced by my favorite book, Les Fleurs du Mal from Baudelaire. There’s this poem, “La Chevelure” and it fits the way I draw hair so well. And this year, my favorite movie was Whiplash, and it quite influenced my behavior. I went very “go for it” instead of “what if”, and it changes everything you know.

“That’s why her hair is so big it’s full of secrets!” – Damien (from Mean Girls)

 

Young Indonesian Artist: Eem Rohimah

DSC_0331Thank you for your patience Loyal readers, I shall endeavor to write about tales from Indonesia where I was visiting last month…

Let us begin with a young Artist I met who is friends with my cousins. Her name is Eem Rohimah.

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Eem uses oil pastels and different textured pens, inks and paper to produce her work. She has an eye for typography and made me a special print emblazoned with my name. The above image featuring circles and orange tones is a copy of an already existent piece by another artist.

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Here is the wonderful personalized handmade art print Eem made me. 

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How to organize a Successful Book-Signing (even if you have no experience!)

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Event organizing essentially requires an the execution of the essentials: (1) books/product availability; (2) suitable space to host the occasion and (3) promotion to guarantee attendance of the event. Then it is simply a matter of organization and deadlines. Always be methodical, ask for help if need be and delegate. Good Luck!

Before the Event:

  1. Contact the Publisher of the Author you want a signing with. Get the exact date and times confirmed a.s.a.p. usually subject to Publicist’s approval. Get the Publicist’s contact number.
  2. Inform all staff and line manager’s of event plans.
  3. Promote, promote, promote! Contact head office and the marketing team/ P.O.S people and ensure you have the appropriate banners ordered specify event details and photo of the Author’s latest book on it etc. Contact the publisher’s again to see if they have promotional material and relevant P.O.S to use in store and in the bookshop window.
  4. Promote some more! Email any outside groups that may be interested in attending event. In this instance I was the account sales manager and often ordered books for nearby schools. I created a tailored and personalized email to each nursery and primary school inviting them to the event. I attached the ready made fliers and asked if they could be posted on the school’s bulletin board and or P.T.A meeting. (Top Tip! Usually only 2% of people will respond to promotional emails- so don’t fret if people don’t email back. They’ve got the message that is all that matters.)
  5. Order stock! Include the latest releases and selected back-list. Highlight that it is event stock.
  6. Don’t hesitate to use delegation to get things done!
  7. Plan out the actual day of the signing in advance, how many staff you need on the day. Make sure every facet of the event is covered. The devil is in the detail. The components of the event are: bulk amounts of the author’s books (get the right amount), space for the signing and logistics. Ensure the publisher is informed of travel requirements whether it be parking spaces, distance from train station etc. Make sure there will be plenty of cash for said date. Tills must be filled with maximum cash. Have the event banner and table plus belt barriers available at hand in the stock room.
  8. Actively engage and inform customers of the event and hand out relevant promotional material in the run up to the event. Try to get sales of the author’s books before the signing. Highlight the importance of customers purchasing stock before the event in case they sell out on the day. This will prevent chaos on the day of the signing.
  9. Get active on social media, highlight the event on any given media platform that you already use. #Hastagawaaaay Upload event listings on website and local newspapers and/or radio.
  10. Have a special thank you card ready for the Author and their Publicist. Gifts are optional!

On the Day of the Event

  1. Have spare sharpie pens and water at hand on the day.
  2. Have the author’s books in prominent places, near the front of store and also near the signing table. Make the displays creative and eye-catching.
  3. Have someone on stand-by topping up the display shelves so customers can readily purchase books.
  4. Ensure customers are aware of the layout of the signing and where it will be held etc.
  5. Have post-it notes and sharpies ready so customers can have their books dedicated to someone.
  6. Whilst customers are queuing speak with them share their excitement and check they have purchased the book(s) they want signed. If customer’s want their books dedicated attach post-it notes on the page the author is to sign on. Text must be in CAPITAL LETTER’S to prevent confusion and error. Check that the queue is kept in an orderly fashion.
  7. Adjust the room temperature if need be. Ambiance is everything.
  8. The Author may arrive bang on the start time so they must be greeted and escorted over to their signing table swiftly. Subsequently invite the first customer over when the signing is ready to commence. The Publicist will be standing next to the Author, try to have a bookseller nearby as well.
  9. Check that customer’s are aware when the event is ending, usually there will be a natural dwindling down. Event running times are sometimes a little extended depending on how the queue is.
  10.  If you want extra store stock signed have these open on the page to be signed stacked up together kept in the stock room.They can be signed after event.

After the signing:

  1. Thank the customers for attending!
  2. Huddle around the author and make sure they have a breather and a drink.
  3. Enjoy the moment.
  4. Get the store stock signed.
  5. Give the Thank you cards and gifts. (Personally I had some nibbles ready in the staff room- should the Author wish to stay and rest for a moment.)