New illustration! I was inspired by a tale my mother used to read me when I was younger, about a princess bride and her horse Falada. The princess was forced to go into hiding after her servant changed their identities and beheaded her beloved horse. What she didn't know was that the horse could talk. With the help of Falada, whose head now hanged above a gateway, the princess got her identity back and the servant was punished.
I always felt bad for the princess, especially how lonely she was, so I gave her company in the form of a sea of talking horse heads.
This illustration will be available as a print soon!
New illustration! I will open a shop very soon when I have more prints to sell. This one will be the first!
To challenge myself and the way I work with colours, I made these ladies for Instagram. It's funny how easy you can tell from your timeline what are my favourite colours. Warm, bright oranges with a few greens and salmons mostly. I tried to mix these up with purple and blue and more dirt-like, earthy colours to push myself to think differently.
Still, I couldn't resist to put in some yellows :)
Last week I visited Rotterdam to meet with all the nominated artist for the Start Award 2017. That is me, with the ginger hair in the front!
nfortunately my work didn't win, but to see it along with all that talented work was an honour! Ben Bauchau was the rightfull winner to the award. Next year, the theme will be 'Greek Heroes', and I will definitely send my work in again!
My entry to the BoekieBoekie Startaward! The theme this year was 'Jungle Book', so I captured Bagheera, Shere Kahn and Kaa in my own illustrations. The rest of the series will be uploaded to my portfolio shortly. Hopefully my work will be nominated!
I'm about halfway there with my film 'The Island' and thought to give you some information about it!
The film is about a puppet who is trapped on an island. Her job is to throw paper planes to her neighbours, but she would rather swim around in the ocean. One night, she escapes, but the ocean is not what she imagined it would be.
I'm making this film as a graduation project for my Master's degree in Animation. Because I am trained as an illustrator, I like to draw all the elements from the film first in Photoshop. I then animate them using a cut-out technique in After Effects. So far, it works really well!
I will present my film during the Master Exhibition at my school, the AKV St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. It will be held from the 1st to the 7th of September, 2016. Join the fun!
Iris van den Akker