Isabel Bouttens is an independent animation artist and illustrator living in Melle (Belgium).
She graduated with a master’s degree in animation at KASK (Ghent, 2002). Her animated films travelled all over the world and were selected at some of the most renowned filmfestivals.
Her work contains drawings and films for music, theater, books, magazines, prints, installations… based on playful experiments with analogue and digital techniques, creating often poetic and mesmerizing images and experiences, linked to her memories, dreams and everyday observations.
Isabel lives and works in a red brick house near the vibrant city of Ghent with her husband, two children, a cat and some chickens. When she is not drawing she is a floral gardener and nature-lover. Inspiring her most recent publication ‘Coco and Mint’, a gardening book for children (featuring lots of chickens), published by Clavis publishing and VELT.
In 2019 she was invited as a ‘dreamteam’ member of the ‘Blauwhaus’, an ambitious art residency, PHD research and ongoing art project by artist Wim Wauman. In 2020 Isabel strives to keep the ‘Blauwhaus’ spirit alive and kicking by setting up new imaginative and challenging collaborations with enthusiastic creatives from different fields, either starting from personal initiatives or from an invitation to develop an exhibition, event or project.
Isabel teaches animation at the local art academies of Wetteren and Waasmunster and occasionally gives lectures, masterclasses and workshops.