Iris Com­piet

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Lo­ca­tion: Nether­lands Web: www.eyeris.eu Email : info@eyeris.eu me­dia: Graphite pen­cil, wa­ter­colour, gouache, ink Iris sees her­self as a vis­ual sto­ry­teller. She works as a free­lance illustrator, designing char­ac­ters and cre­at­ing art­work for films and an­i­ma­tions, and il­lus­trat­ing book cov­ers and sto­ries for clients world­wide. She’s also work­ing on her own chil­dren’s books about “weird witches and not-sos­cary mon­sters”.

Iris likes the weird, the won­der­ful, the grim, the whim­si­cal and the mys­te­ri­ous. “I like to make peo­ple look again. I like them to use their imag­i­na­tion,” she says. “I see sto­ries ev­ery­where. I hear them in a whis­per. I see them in a leaf or a puff of smoke. Any­thing is pos­si­ble. To me, art is be­ing ab­so­lutely free, hav­ing no bound­aries but your own imag­i­na­tion. My sketch­books are filled with sto­ries to tell for at least two life­times.”

1 Black Widow, La­trodec­tus

Graphite pen­cil, gouache and gold ink, 23x23in “This char­ac­ter is mourn­ing the death of her hus­band, who re­cently passed away. She loved him so very much. Yet peo­ple were start­ing to spread nasty ru­mours about her, im­ply­ing she was a mon­ster.”

2 Mis­for­tuneteller

Graphite pen­cil, red chalk, ter­ra­cotta pen­cil and gold acrylic paint, 12x24in “This started as a sketch of a skele­ton with three eye sock­ets, based upon a skull at the Mut­ter Mu­seum. This idea popped in my mind: what if you could have your mis­for­tune told, in­stead of your for­tune? Wouldn’t that be more in­ter­est­ing, be­cause if you know your mis­for­tune ev­ery­thing else is ‘for­tune’?”

3 Or­a­cle

Graphite pen­cil, 12x24in “This came about when I took some ref­er­ence shots of my­self. One looked weird be­cause it had com­pletely white eyes. I took things from there and sud­denly fish ap­peared, demons, skulls and other lit­tle de­tails. You keep see­ing new el­e­ments. Like an or­a­cle, she will show you what you want to see.”

4 Marie An­toinette

Graphite pen­cil and gouache washes, 9.5x15in “I have a fas­ci­na­tion with ten­ta­cles and the kraken, and I like to play with things. That’s how Marie came to be. The hair­dos were crazy at the French court: bird­cages with live birds or com­plete flower ar­range­ments were ‘nor­mal’ – even minia­ture ships. So I man­aged to com­bine the kraken with a lit­tle his­tory.”

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