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. She loves to surround herself with her creative friends, her collection of plants and wine on fridays.

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 accolades

2019 • Nominated

2017 • Nominated

2016  Winner

Procreate Art Prize
Boekieboekie Start Award
My Creative Tale, Adobe


selected clients

Dua Lipa  Facebook Messenger • The Washington Post UN Migration Centre Pompidou

Plansponsor • • Essity • DPG Media • Pelckmans Uitgevers

Mariniersmuseum • Blossom Books • Anorak Studio • de Effenaar

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2015 - 2016 

2011 - 2015 

Master of Animation

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands

Bachelor of Design (Illustration)

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands