Iris van den Akker

Illustrator & animator

hello@irisvandenakker.com

+316 46 28 13 63

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Hi! I'm an illustrator/animator based in Amsterdam.

I'm known for my graphic style, bold shapes, and soft colors

I create illustrations and animation for brands, magazines, agencies, and publishers.

Because of my background in both illustration and animation, my work is like a missing link between still and moving images.


Want to work together? I’d love to hear from you.‚Äč

Selected Clients

At Ambassadors, Iris worked with clients including:


Instagram, Booking.com, Uber, the Chainsmokers, Vodafone, ADCN,  McDonald's, ASN Bank, ING, Nationale Postcodeloterij, EXACT, de Bijenkorf, Albert Heijn, Greenchoice, Zorg & Zekerheid, and many others.

 

As a freelancer, Iris worked with clients including:

 

Lake Coloring, Firewords Magazine, Popshot Magazine, Anorak Studio, de Effenaar, and many others.

Education

2015 - 2016

Master of Animation, AKV|St.Joost

Breda, the Netherlands

 

2011 - 2015

Bachelor of Design (Illustration), AKV|St. Joost

Breda, the Netherlands

 

Internships during bachelor:

Rogier Wieland, Den Haag, the Netherlands
SubmarineAmsterdam, the Netherlands

 

2010 - 2011

Long Preparatory Course Illustration, Willem De Kooning Academie

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

In 2015 I graduated with a BA in Illustration and in 2016 I finished my MA in Animation, both at AKV St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. After that, I started working as a Design & Animation Artist at the post-production studio Ambassadors in Amsterdam. By night, I continued to work on my own illustrations, which usually feature larger than life animals and strong women.

 

Over time, my work has been screened at the Eye Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. I was nominated for the BoekieBoekie Start Award, had an exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and was the winner of the My Creative Tale awards by Adobe and UM Studios.

 

In 2018, I decided to open an online shop for my prints and illustrations and in 2019 I started working as a fulltime freelance illustrator and 2D animator.

 

Next to this, I love to speak about women in the creative industry. Sharing knowledge and experience is something I find very important, which is why I started a blog to share my experience as an illustrator. I also volunteer as an editor for the creative arts festival We Are Playgrounds, focusing on more visibility for women in the creative industry.

 

I live in Amsterdam with my boyfriend Jeoffrey and fat cat Boris.

Publication

Contact

hello@irisvandenakker.com

+316 46281363

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Photos by Duncan Kuijpers

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