Coming from a graphic designer background in Istanbul, I moved to the Netherlands to experience new challenges and to equip myself with new skills. I met these challenges head-on when I enrolled in the combined Master’s Scientific Illustration from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. I graduated in June 2019.


From my earliest recollection, I have been told that I am a good observer, with an enormous curiosity about the unknown, and an urge to dig deep into any subject matter. I like observing one aspect from multiple angles. As a scientific illustrator, I see myself as a professional, who is able to carefully evaluate technical, scientific and visual information that makes up the skillset of a visual storyteller. I am able to perceive small details in references to create accurate and in-depth illustrations. My artwork serves as a bridge between the increasing scientific intricacy and variability of the audience, for which I try to narrow the gap as much as possible. And my traditional artistic skills have proved useful in uncovering my creativity and have been used as a stepping-stone, to develop my other skill sets. I expanded still within other disciplinary areas, such as surgery and dissections.


I am always sure to utilise any opportunity to hone my multitasking skills whenever possible, which over time has allowed me to stay focused on the specific project and audience at hand. I also greatly enjoy planning. When I start a new day, I wish to remain loyal to my daily plans whenever possible. By doing this, I can see my progression unfolding throughout the day, whilst reducing the possibilities of becoming sidetracked. Being versatile allows me to think from different perspectives and work within a multi-disciplined environment. This self-discipline motivates me and encourages me to fulfil my goals on a daily basis, which is essential for a freelancer.

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