‘What it seems’ is the title of a story written and illustrated by Niels. In 2016 he graduated with this project from the University of the arts Utrecht (HKU). The story is a lifecycle of the fictional character called ‘Iqare’. Each chapter of the story is a phase in his life.

‘One day,Iqare finds a peculiar stone that will change his life forever’

The story draws inspiration from alchemy and gently refers to the mythological tale The fall of Icarus. Music, voice-over, and hand painted sceneries guide the visitors through the story of Iqare. In collaboration with studio Team Curry and other talented friends they published the story online: www.whatitseems.com

Through the years this project has evolved into a parallel universe, an ongoing project where Niels deals with life’s puzzles and translates experiences into new additions to What it seems. New chapters will be published in the future.


  • intro of the website