Monday, December 1, 2008

Yammie Plush

I recently had to take some pics of the Yam Roll plush dolls, and remembered how crazy cute they were. I give them a "holy smokees" on the scale of cute:)
I know I may have posted the Yam Roll doll before, but here are some of the others we had made up. (Ebi, Tamago, and Katcho are prototypes)
They feel like a loose sketch to me.I think they turned out really nicely!! Only Yammie made it into production. (Big thanks to Gen Welton-Tso and Sasha Zagorski for their help!!)


The wise Katcho Miso

Tamago (sans glasses)

Crazy Ebi :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Some new work

I am really honored to be in a group show at the Anno Domini Gallery. There are some artists in the show I really respect. Almost done the work which needs to be shipped of by mid month. If I get my butt in gear I'll post more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Izen sign business - call me

This is a note I placed on my door to let individuals know that I would be gone until tuesday. The birch bark collar was added for sophistication...let people know I am very very important.
I am going into the 'office door sign' business. Please let me know if you are going to be away from your office or doing something else that may require a sign. They are 23 dollars each plus shipping. I have a sign that says Gone till November. Does anyone have wyclef's address?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Zach G

I found these portraits I did for Zach Galifianakis, and thought I would post em up. It was super fun doing really rotten drawings of him. If you have never seen him, you should try. He's a hilarious guy

-zach at the piano

-zach walkin on the map

-zach in the piano

-rotten zach

interesting lad smoking bubble pipe

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Almost like David and Steven have died and gone to heaven

As ridiculous as it may seem ...looks like David and Steven are going to be gracing NYC with another appearance. I am crazy honoured to have Black and White being screened at Pictoplasma NYC. If you are in the city on the 5th and 6th of September, go check it out. The conference is going to be over the top!!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

I was going to post the Tarzan drawings I have been sketching in my spare time, or the portait I did of Eddie Murphy taken from Preview magazine, but then figured I would offer this up. That's a lot a'nose!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New York follow-up

I haven't been posting enough lately, but thought I would share the following. I'm a happy camper about this one. I won the Audience Award at NYICFF for the 8-14 year old category!!
Oh ya...and last week a Mack truck ran a red light, and t-boned my car. Oddly enough the car is gone but I am not!? This makes me even more of a happy camper!!!!


Presented March 16, 2008 at the DGA Theater
2008 Awards Host: Adam Gopnik
2008 Jury: Susan Sarandon, Gus Van Sant, James Schamus, Matthew Modine, Evan Shapiro, Rob Minkoff, Adam Gopnik,
NYICFF 2008 Winners:
NYICFF Grand Prize - Knuffle Bunny, Maciek Albrecht/Mo Willems, USA
NYICFF Jury Award – Paradise, Jesse Rosensweet, Canada
Audience Awards
Ages 3-6 – Knuffle Bunny, Maciek Albrecht/Mo Willems, USA
Ages 5-10 – Crank Balls, Devin Bell, USA & Zhiharka, Oleg Uzinov, Russia
Ages 8-14 – Black & White, Jon Izen, Canada
Ages 12-18 – Wolf Daddy, Chang Hyung-Yun, South Korea
Parents’ Choice – Knuffle Bunny, Maciek Albrecht/Mo Willems, USA

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New York International Children's Film Festival

I am REALLY excited that the New York International Children's Film Festival , has asked to screen my micro mini series Black and White!! On top of that they will be using the characters for their animated intro to the festival screenings, as well, for broadcast ads airing on Time Warner channels. FUN STUFF! I did 4 ads, and will post them up here, or a link to them when I get a sec. The Festival is next weekend. Go check out www.gkids for schedule info. Do yourself a favour and buy tickets to see a huge roster of great films.
For all you Black and White lovers and haters...we are going to start posting new shorts within a week or two. I am in the process of recording and creating another 75... The only thing CRAZY about that is what it is doing to my voice box.