The book is out!
My book, Botanical Illustration From Life, which I’ve been working on quite along is finally published!
It is the most exciting news and I’m quite happy to share my insights and experiences on botanical art with you through this book. I’ve been painting plants more than a decade and as a some kind of result, I started to write this book at 10th year. Hoping that it will guide you on your journey to learning and studying processes on the plants.
The book published in three languages, English, Spanish and French. All of these three editions is available online, you can purchase the book from the links below.
Spanish Edition by Parramon Editorial - and also available at bookstores in Spain
English Edition by Search Press -
French Edition by Parramon Editorial will be available on October 8th at -
Or you can purchase it from
Also, we had a lovely chat on Botanitopya at Açık Radyo about my book. You can listen it
And here are some reviews for the book
A Reader From Stockport
5 September 2019
This book was full of beautiful illustrations on every page.The colour reproduction was excellent. There was a good number of step by step instructions which were very clear and informative. I always have trouble with leaves especially the veining. There was a very good section on that explaining the placement of shadows veins and so on. It was clear enough for beginners and detailed enough for more experienced botanical artists. I would highly recommend this book.
30 August 2019
This is a brilliant book for anyone who is interested in the process of making botanical illustrations. Designed to appeal to artists, illustrators, botanists and plant lovers, it is written with warmth and generosity and a great love for plants. It's basically a how-to book but with all sorts of extra information, insights and observations from this highly regarded professional botanical artist and teacher. There are some great contributions from other experts too.
Full of beautiful illustrations, Isik Guner takes the reader on a delightful journey through all aspects of observing, drawing and painting plants for scientific accuracy and aesthetic appeal. The book makes a welcome contribution to the botanical artist's bookshelf in that the emphasis throughout the book is on making work from direct observations of living plants. Isik gives the reader lots of useful insights into the craft of working with these difficult subjects, including clear and detailed step-by step examinations of methods of creating botanical artworks. There is also some very wise advice for helping to think around problemmatic areas and knotty issues.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves art and plants. In particular, I urge all students, practioners and enthusiasts of botanical art to rush out and buy a copy!
2 September 2019
So comprehensive, all you need to inspire you in Botanical Illustration. Beautifully produced book, packed with information and guidance for anyone interested in Botanical Illustration. A serious study in how to observe plants and portray their characteristics. Highly recommend.
30 August 2019
..this book is fabulous....covers everything you need to know about drawing and painting botanical pictures...definitely a must have book for the beginner and for those needing a refresher.
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May 18, 2021
An incomplete field trip
January 22, 2021
A GIANT FERN - Thyrsopteris elegans
January 06, 2021
October 26, 2020
Artist in Residence – Transylvania
August 20, 2020
An Iris field trip
June 24, 2020
Little Blue Book - Omphalodes cappodocica
May 12, 2020
March 29, 2020
Summary of Mexico
November 16, 2019
Turkish Silk Road
July 27, 2019
Once again - Transylvania Meadows!
June 14, 2019
April 21, 2019
A Plant Trip to the East of Anatolia
June 27, 2018
Titan arum triptych
May 21, 2018
Artist Residency in Denver Botanic Gardens
November 13, 2017
My Most Challenging Paintings
October 17, 2017