Ten-Step Drawing Nature features illustrated tutorials to draw 60 animals, plants and insects, broken down into simple steps. From dragonflies and birds to flowers, feathers and shells. Handy prompts encourage artistic individuality and include helpful tips for drawing other subjects, not featured in the book. Learn to draw everything from a bird’s nest to a cheeky harvest mouse. Mary Woodin is a Suffolk nature artist.
The themes (Meadows, Wetlands, Lakeland, Forest, Coast) cover 60 amazing plants and animals to draw (including goldfinch, barn owl, dandelion, violet, herring gull – along with American species like black bear, hummingbird, racoon, Californian poppy and cardinal). Each step is numbered with images and text. Then you get the final (largest image) to compare.
The Green Sketching Handbook shows how to learn to let go of your worries, by losing yourself in nature and sketching for pleasure, not perfection. Combining quick easy exercises with research on nature connection, this book is inspired by Dr Ali’s own journey (she’s a climate scientist who embraced wobbly lines and a habit that made her feel good).
My happy place is up in the hills, surrounded by bilberry bushes and cotton grass, listening to the curlews and skylarks. What about you? Do you picture a deserted tropical beach or your grandmother’s garden? Perhaps an alpine meadow or the banks of a meandering river?