Nature Inspired Drawings 101 For Beginners

Learn About Nature Inspired Drawings 101 For Beginners

Woman Drawing Nature in Countryside
Woman Drawing Nature. Getty Images

Nature is a grand inspiration for every form of art and especially for drawing. The key to successful and easy nature drawings could be summarized in two small words: simplicity and clarity. Here are some hints that can help you create your own little fairylands.

Take control of your inspiration

Take a trip to the countryside, go for a stroll in the park or look outside your window to the horizon. Whatever you choose, it will definitely spawn a million different ideas, which may be too many.

Nature as a theme is very rich and overwhelming, so before you start your sketching you should be able to name maximum 2-3 distinguishing points. Doing this will make your process easier and your drawing less chaotic. This will also show you where to place your focal points.

Point of view and Light source

In the picture you have in your head or in the landscape you are observing, define your position (Hey, I don’t mean with a GPS system!) Which elements are in the background and which have a more three-dimensional and primary position? This method should also be able to determine the light source in your drawing, whether rays of sunlight or the discreet gleam of the moon. The light plays a crucial role in the design of your objects as it creates shades or reflections that make your drawing come alive. Try soft strokes for your shading effect and don’t worry about making a mirror of your object.

Just keep it random and in gray tones, not black.

Watch and Hear

When we are sketching it’s usually in black and white, however, that is not at all restricting because the diversity of the strokes is what makes the difference. Imagine the colors, the autumn orange or the rainy brown and let your pencil give soul and vividness to your natural elements.

Try to hear the sounds in your drawing, is there wind that blows the leaves? Is there a steep, aggressive waterfall that upsets the tranquility of your water? In the parts of your landscape where there is more energy, apply more pressure and create darker tones, alternating them with a couple of softer ones.

Relax your Lines

Mountains, rivers, lakes and pretty much anything mother nature has created, have an effortless look and are the main features in easy nature drawings? The challenge in depicting a water surface is creating the right amount of curves. To do this try to relax your wrist and arm to follow minimal lines.

 Again play with dark and light tones and define the banks with stronger strokes. Don’t be afraid to add bold shapes or foamy splashes. This technique also applies for hills and mountains, although if you feel like creating more steep and imposing landscapes, try stronger strokes like we mentioned above.

Little piece of Botany

No matter how random we may think our natural environment is, we couldn’t be more wrong. There is a charming order in the lines on the leaves, the succession of the branches on a tree and even the shapes and sizes of the petals and the flowers.

Take a look at some basic structural botany of plants and you will realize that it will subconsciously affect the way you imagine and draw them.

Typical and easy nature drawings for beginners usually have an impressive tree that stands out. Perhaps an old, skeletal tree that has a strong base, with defined wrinkles. Draw lines, create small elliptical curves and highlight them. Maybe create a round hollow somewhere between those wrinkles. 

Whatever you choose to draw, forget about sleek and symmetrical and let your imagination run wild!