We made it to the end of our 10 Days of Nature Study series! Woohoo! Today, I’m going to talk about easy nature study drawing. This is the most intimidating part of nature study to me because I am not a natural artist. I am so thankful that there are resources available to help us learn to draw even if we aren’t naturals! So, I’m going to share with you what resource I am using today, as well as introduce some other resources to you!
Resources for Learning How To Draw Nature
Let’s get started with what I am personally using to learn to draw. So, I began by trying to draw in the same style as Julian Rothman in Nature Anatomy. Many of my early drawings are taken directly from that book.
Now that I’m trying to learn how to watercolor, I’ve started using Peggy Dean’s Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor. I have literally just started using it, but it’s an excellent book with step-by-step instructions to help with drawing and learning to watercolor. Check out my Nature Study highlight on Instagram to see inside this book!
There’s also a supply list and lots of suggestions. Here I’ve attempted to watercolor tulips and a peony. It was my first time ever doing this. Even though I need to practice a lot more, I really enjoyed the process.
Another great resource that is on my list is the Law’s Guide to Nature Journaling. This book is highly recommended. It also includes step by step instructions and help on becoming a better naturalist.
For those wanting to learn watercolor techniques, Watercolor with Me In the Forest looks just delightful! This one is also on my list of books to add to my collection. I absolutely love watercolor, so I think this is a great way to learn!
Learning to draw and watercolor is a process and no two artists art work should look alike. I started nature journaling completely on my own as a way to relax. My hope is that my children will see that nature journaling is a fun experience and a way to keep track of the wonders of the world around us.
Even if you don’t feel confident in your drawing abilities, I encourage you to just start somewhere. Grab one of these books and follow the step-by-step instructions and begin! You may not be happy with your first drawings, but keep practicing!
I hope you enjoyed our series! I had a lot of fun putting it together for you! Check out all of our 10 Days of Nature Study posts here.