2022 Botanical Illustration From Life, Seoul, Korea

2022 Botanical Illustration From Life, Seoul, Korea

My book ‘Botanical Illustration from Life’ have been translated into Korean and recently published by Ejong publishing. While this news itself is very uplifting, another exciting news is that we are organizing a series of workshops in Seoul, Korea.

To apply - Contact with Korea Botanical Art School  .  kbacoop@gmail.com . 070-4333-5727


This workshop is aimed to show you a ‘step by step’ method of how to start and complete a botanical illustration as it is described in the book ‘Botanical Illustration From Life’.

While we are focusing on seasonal plants, we will be assessing through how to start, observe, draw, paint and master the illustration. We will learn how to draw plants accurately by measuring them with a divider or a ruler and we will be exploring watercolor techniques to capture the texture and the colour of the subject matter.

START - Modern botanical illustration has evolved as part of science, in some respects: aiding natural scientific recording, understanding and communication through the use of various types of drawing.

OBSERVE - Learning the art of drawing and painting plants is a matter of observation and practice. One of the most important skills you need to develop is observation.

DRAW - The beauty of preparing a botanical illustration is drawing from a live plant specimen: seeing it, touching it and even smelling it. In this way, you are truly looking at the plant, not only through the eyes of an artist, but also as a scientist. You will be able to take correct measurements, analyze and investigate, by simply touching the plant and getting closer to it.

PAINT - Watercolour is such a refined painting style: you can achieve both delicate and loose washes, as well as vivid, detailed images. It is very adaptable and versatile, and capable of infinite variability when applied with skill and precision. This is why for centuries it has been the preferred medium in botanical illustration, capturing the delicacy and variation of plant forms.

EXPLORE - The main purpose of botanical illustration is to record, describe and identify. To fulfill this function, the artist needs to understand the diverse external shapes and structures of the plant.

MASTER - Achieving high standards and feeling that you can be called a highly proficient botanical artist will never happen over night. The best to hope for is that if you practice, you will develop a beautiful style of your own. So you will not just be recording the plant, but recording it in your own personal way.

Dates: 14th - 18th  February, 2022

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Location: 서울시 서초구 강남대로8길 15-1 부석빌딩 302호

#302 Buseok B/D, 15-1, Ganganmdaero-8gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06787 Korea

Price: 650,000.-원



In this 2-day workshop, we will be exploring fine details on the giant world of plants. We will be focusing on the seasonal plants and have opportunity to work on different types of subjects and exploring their fine details, how to capture the colour and the texture accurately to create life-like paintings. In this workshop, we will discover ‘step by step’ how to bring the subject to life with careful manipulation of paint and brush work.

Botanical Illustration is all about details and every detail matters for a correct interpretation of the plant subject. We will be focusing on the details during this two days.

Dates: 19th - 20th  February, 2022

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Location: 서울시 서초구 강남대로8길 15-1 부석빌딩 302호

#302 Buseok B/D, 15-1, Ganganmdaero-8gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06787 Korea

Price: 400,000.-원

To apply - Contact with Korea Botanical Art School  .  kbacoop@gmail.com . 070-4333-5727

This course is limited to 15 people. 

Language: I will be teaching in English and there will be translator during the workshops.

Recommended Material List:

1.   Drawing Pencil (2H, HB, 2B, 4B)
2.   Divider
3.   Eraser
4.   Sharpener
5.   Tracing Paper

6.  Sketching paper (Smooth surface Cartridge paper or pad, 120-160 g/s, A3 or A4 size)

7.   A range of Watercolour brushes (Number 4, 3 or 2, and some small number of brushes will be useful for fine details)
8.   Palette
9.   Watercolour pigments (Winsor&Newton Artists’ Value is recommended but any pigment you prefer to use)

10.   Watercolour Paper (Minimum 300 g/s, Hot Pressed, 50-100% Cotton watercolour paper is recommended, but don’t hesitate the one you like to use.

11.  Backboard (if possible)