Here is a list of useful books on drawing nature subjects. Sorry about the formatting.
NATURE ART & ILLUSTRATION BIBLIOGRAPHY
NATURE DRAWING & JOURNALING:
Leslie, Clare Walker Nature Drawing, A Tool for Learning Prentice Hall, 1980
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2002---
Leslie, Clare Walker Notes From a Naturalist's Sketchbook (ISBN: 0395312981) Houghton Mifflin, 1981
Leslie, Clare Walker The Art of Field Sketching Prentice Hall Direct 1984
Leslie, Clare Walker Drawn to Nature Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie Storey Publishing, LLC, 2005
Leslie, Clare Walker Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching (Nature Literacy Orion Society
Series Vol. 3) (ISBN: 0913098523)
Leslie, Clare Walker A Naturalist's Sketchbook: Pages from the Seasons of a Year (Teale Books) Dodd Mead 1987
Nature Journaling: Learning to Observe and Connect with the World Around You
Leslie, Clare Walker The Art of Field Sketching
Leslie, Clare Walker Create a Bird-Watchers Journal: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-207 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-207)
Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning
Leslie, Clare Walker & Roth, Charles E Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the Storey Books, Pownal, VT, U.S.A., 2000
Roth, Charles E World Around You (ISBN: 1580173063)
Leslie, Clare Walker Nature All Year Long Assembled by Greg Lecker, 2/9/2012
Adams, Norman Drawing Animals Watson-Guptill Publications, NY 1979, 1989
& Singer, Joe
Edwards, Betty Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (ISBN: 0874770882) J. P. Tarcher, 1989
Drawing on the Artist Within: A Guide to Innovation, Invention, Imagination Simon & Schuster, 1986
and Creativity (ISBN: 0671493868)
Mugnani, Joseph Hidden Elements of Drawing Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1974
Maltzman, Stanley Drawing trees : step by step
Adams, Norman Drawing animals
by Postle, Joy Drawing birds
Maltzman, Stanley Drawing nature
Marsh, Janet, 1953- Janet Marsh's Nature diary
ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Audubon, John James
Busby, John Drawing Birds Timber Press, 2004
Parnall, Peter The Nightwatchers Four Winds Press, 1971
Peterson, Roger Tory
Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth offer these suggestions:
from Keeping a Nature Journal,
What is nature journaling?
Nature journaling is the regular recording of observations, perceptions, and feelings about the natural world around you. The recording can be done in a variety of ways, depending on your interests and purpose. Some people prefer written prose or poetry, some through drawing, painting or tape recording.
Why keep a nature journal?
Many people keep journals to explore their own creativity and express observations and experiences of the world more fully. Some keep journals to record information and data about a place they may visit many times. They keep journals to help improve and sharpen writing skills, and in the process learn to observe better. Drawing is used as a prime record-making tool because drawing and observing are mutually reinforcing activities.
Tools to get started:
Journal Most folks prefer the hardbound blank books that come in various sizes. Zip lock bags make handy journal protectors & can hold your drawing supplies too.
Pencils and Pens Pencils in a variety hardness from hard to soft. Colored pencil sets are convenient for adding color to a sketch. Pens make wonderful line and contour drawings and some people prefer them for writing.
Technical drawing pencils These are always ready when you need them, never needing sharpening.
Entering Observations: Basic Information for each entry
In either the upper right- or the upper left-hand corner of your page record the following, using both written word and illustration, as appropriate and desired:
1. Date/Time. Date establishes the season and month in relation to the year. Time. Sometimes this can just be "mid-morning" or "late afternoon
2. Location. Where are you? Town and State? Park, campground, trailhead? If you know your Latitude and Longitude (coordinates), record them.
3. Weather. Weather conditions affect the activity of most living things. Record such things as wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, cloud patterns & clouds
4. Temperature. Scientists record temperature in Celsius. To convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius: 5/9 F - 32 = C.
5. Plant and Animal List. Common or Latin names.
6. Habitat, the general environment you are in, such as wetland, forest, river, etc.
Once you record this basic information, spend some time observing the ground, things at eye-level, overhead observation, and soak up the whole landscape you are in. You will naturally focus on the things that you find most interesting, but as you expand your awareness, you will begin to see things you have never noticed before. Using all of your senses to make observations, use your writing and sketching skills to bring those observations to life in your journal.
Greg; Mpls, MN
Urban back yard with red and white cedars, pagoda dogwoods