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Iris van den Akker is an illustrator, 2D animator, enthusiastic art collector and overall supporter of creative women. She works from her studio in an 1892 warehouse located next to the IJ in Amsterdam, which she shares with three other freelance creatives. As co-host of Illustration Ladies Amsterdam, she is committed to a better position for women in the creative industry.


Iris loves colorful, graphic images that take reality with a grain of salt. She is happiest when fiddling with color and dragging with shapes, until she is satisfied. She works mainly for ad agencies, magazines, animation studios and publishers, but has also created work for architecture festivals, international popstars, tiny house communities and design retreats.

Photo by Maan Limburg

selected clients

Dua Lipa  Facebook Messenger • The Washington Post ASUS UN Migration • Farmer Gracy

Centre Pompidou • Pan Macmillan • Plansponsor • • Essity • DPG Media 

Pelckmans Uitgevers • Mariniersmuseum  Diabetesvereniging Nederland • Hortus Botanicus Leiden

KRO-NCRV • FD Media Group •  Blossom Books • Anorak Studio • de Effenaar


selected accolades

2019  Nominated

2017  Nominated

2016  Winner

Procreate Art Prize
Boekieboekie Start Award
My Creative Tale, Adobe



May 2023  ‘SPOTLIGHT’, Factor IJ, Amsterdam (NL)

July 2022  Solo show ‘A few hours in Tokyo’ at the end of my artist residency at Almost Perfect - Tokyo (JP)

April 2017  Bologna Children's Book Fair - Bologna (IT)

June 2016  Illustration Biënnale, Toneelschuur - Haarlem (NL)

January 2016  'My Creative Tale', ADCN - Amsterdam (NL)

July 2015  Draw The Line, AKV St. Joost - Breda (NL)

October 2014  Level Up, Electron - Breda (NL)

September 2014  Beeldspraak, Koffie bij Teun - Breda (NL)

February 2014  Raaf: een dwarsdoorsnede, Electron - Breda (NL)

February 2014  Festival 39 graden, Podium Bloos - Breda (NL)

December 2013  Blik&Bloos, Podium Bloos - Breda (NL)

April 2011  Redesign vinylcovers - Rotterdam (NL)


2015 - 2016 

2011 - 2015 

Master of Animation

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands

Bachelor of Design (Illustration)

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands


2023 - present  Co-host Illustration Ladies Amsterdam

2015 - present  Playgrounds Eye Candy Editor at We Are Playgrounds Digital Arts Festival

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