Nature Drawing is a type of drawing wherein we have to draw natural elements such as insects, plants, landscapes, skies, trees, clouds, etc. Here, I have listed the top 5 books on Nature Drawing. The books are of varied areas like sketching, doodling, shading and more.
Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
By John Muir Laws
Laws provide clear and practical advice for every step of the process at every level. It starts with the basics of choosing supplies for advanced techniques.
The text is adorned with illustrations and dozens of exercises. The book will guide you in creating accurate replicas of plants and animals. It has detailed lessons on how to draw wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, landscapes, seascapes, and skies.
It contains lessons on how to use graphite, pen, watercolor, and gouache for fast field sketches.
This is an excellent guide for new and experienced artists. It provides very good instruction on drawing specifically for nature drawing such that you could use this to get started making some excellent sketches. This is one of the best and most comprehensive and most approachable drawing books I’ve seen.
The book is practical and sensible. If one is interested in nature drawing, Laws’ excellent guide to drawing will be a useful addition to your library. There aren’t many options for guides covering the whole of nature, but this one knocks spots off most of the others.
This book has everything you need to start drawing and painting nature and gives you simple new techniques.
2. Botanical Line Drawing
By Peggy Dean
Line drawing is an easy art form featuring illustrative, and doodle-like designs. It’s used widely among artists of many types.
It teaches how to use both delicate and bold lines and create drawings with different variations. Botanical Line Drawing shows you how to start with the simplest doodles and slowly grow to build more elaborate and delicate illustrations.
The illustrations include flowers, leaves, plants, trees, cacti, branches, fungi, and more. These simple line drawings will allow you to gaze at your wonderful pieces and have fun with your own personal style. It will also inspire you to add flourishes to other projects.
It is a great book to start doodling for botanical drawings. The book has a straightforward layout and the steps are super easy to follow. It helps even very untalented people to draw something very pretty quickly. This book is perfect for people who like doodling. Each drawing comes in 6 easy to follow steps.
It is one of the Best books on Line Drawing I’ve found. I found examples of clean, beautiful, and easy to replicate. It is a good book for those who want to get into the basics of illustrating nature through doodling.
Skillshare has rightly said, “For anyone who has ever said “I can’t draw,” Peggy’s step by- step guide to botanical illustration is for you. Her ability to break down complex illustrations into simple shapes will have you creating pieces of artwork you didn’t know were possible. Her style inspires the artist in all of us.”
3. Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner
By Mark Willenbrink and Mary Willenbrink
Willenbrink shows you how to capture the course on drawing nature. All you need to get started are some simple supplies, basic techniques, and inspiration.It will help you discover simple tools and tips you can use to improve your art.
This book ranges from field to forest, beach and mountains. It begins with an architectural sketch, teaches how to apply values and textures, and makes it easy for you to draw. This will also teach you to render favorite wildlife such as chipmunks, deer, and eagles. It has easy step-by-step demonstrations to draw rocks, seashells, butterflies. After the basics, it has even more developed nature scenes.
It will help you gain a potent understanding of key concepts of value and composition.
It is one of the best books on graphite pencil shading. Elements in nature have been taken for demonstration. Clear and up to the point explanation and demo much help the artists.
Good quality paper is used. The drawings are well explained and illustrated. Great details aimed for the beginner. It is a good book to start. I recommend it strongly.
4. Drawing Nature
By Brenda Clark
In this book, one will learn about how to draw elements of nature.
There are around 14 different creatures to draw. Then we get 14 varieties of flowers.
We will illustrate 4 different engaging backgrounds that focus on nature’s beauty.
You will learn about the techniques and skills required. We will be able to learn to draw insects and animals. Each one of these images comes with detailed instructions to show their implementation. Each of these will vary in difficulty.
More than that, you will learn how to carry the project through to completion step by step.
This book turns out to be a great assistant to any artist of any skill level. It matters less what you already know, or if you are experienced or a newbie, you will find valuable information to learn and draw.
This book will guide you and teach you how to draw Techniques base and Geometrical figures, and Flowers, Trees, Animals, and Land Features.
5. Draw 500 things from Nature
By Eloise Renouf
Each page shows 20 illustrated examples of 45 themes. Examples are trees, tulips, shells, owls, peacock feathers, mushrooms, and clouds. The book has over 900 drawings and blank spaces for you to draw your creation.
This is not a step-by-step technique book.
It contains stylized flowers, trees, leaves.
The clouds are modern and straightforward. The doodles show us how simple abstract shapes. It then teaches how to form the building blocks of any item that you want to draw.
Each of the 20 illustrations provides a different and exciting approach to draw a single item. This original and stylish book engages and motivates practice book provides a new dig on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing natural elements.
It is a convenient book. It is like an encyclopedia and contains lovely drawings.
If you think you have zero artistic talent, then picking up this book might change your mind. Most of the drawings are of plants, leaves, ferns, fruit, flowers, trees, and much more and bugs worms, moths, butterflies, beetles.
They are rendered in a minimalistic black & white fashion, so they are very easy to copy. If you just get the general outline correct then it will be easy to fill them.
Some of the shapes are shaded, while others are blank. You can add in your own texture and shading.
All the drawings seem to look very good and can be done very fast. Sometimes with just a few strokes of the pen or pencil, you can achieve a simple, beautiful art.
Few of the subjects in the book are presented multiple times. Each drawn from either a different angle or with a different style. Some styles looked quite similar though.
Concludingly this is a great reference book for when you need to draw something fast, easy and which look stylish.