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Photograph of the illustrator Iris van den Akker

Iris van den Akker is a commercial illustrator,
2D animator and supporter of creative women.

Photo by Maan Limburg

Her work is clear, vibrant and optimistic, favouring a playful voice. Iris enjoys working on projects with a sustainable tone, with botanical elements or human stories as a focal point. Her careful approach results in warm, sophisticated illustrations with a lot of detail and texture.

Iris enjoys collaborating with nice people and 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. She works with clients from all over the world.

Iris works from her studio, 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, and regularly hosts open studios, workshops and markets in Amsterdam.

selected clients

Dua Lipa / Facebook Messenger / The Washington Post

Farmer Gracy / IOM UN Migration / Hortus Botanicus Leiden

KRO-NCRV / ASUS / FD Media Group Centre Pompidou

Pan Macmillan / Plansponsor /

International Literature Festival Utrecht / Essity / DPG Media/ Pelckmans Uitgevers Mariniersmuseum

Toffey Diabetesvereniging Nederland

Basecamp Eco-resorts / Blossom Books / Kidsweek

Unilever / Anorak Studio / de Effenaar


Feb 2024  Artists from West, The Villy Rhapsody, Amsterdam, NL

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

Jan 2016  My Creative Tale, ADCN - Amsterdam, NL

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

Oct 2014  Level Up, Electron - Breda, NL

Sep 2014  Beeldspraak, Koffie bij Teun - Breda, NL

Feb 2014  Raaf, Electron - Breda, NL

Feb 2014  Festival 39 graden, Podium Bloos - Breda, NL

Dec 2013  Blik&Bloos, Podium Bloos - Breda, NL

April 2011  Redesign vinylcovers - Rotterdam, NL

selected accolades

2022  Artist in Residence at Almost Perfect in Tokyo, Japan
2019  Nominated for the Procreate Art Prize
2017  Nominated for the Boekieboekie Start Award
2016  Winner of My Creative Tale by Adobe
 Master of Animation, AKV St. Joost
 Bachelor of Design, AKV St. Joost


2023 - present  Lake Coloring Ambassador

2023 - present  Co-host Illustration Ladies Amsterdam

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

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