tim wootton

au-mieux  asked:

Do you have any recommendations for learning materials? I'm a young wildlife biologist and I'd like to get comfortable with not only sketching, but intimately drawing birds and plants. My university doesn't offer any courses on scientific illustration, so I'd like to teach myself. There are a lot of illustration guides and anatomy guides out there, and I don't quite know where to start. Thanks!

Hi, there are several good guides to drawing birds and plants, here are a few recommend ones:

General drawing books:

Lessons in Classical Drawing by Juliette Aristides

Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning by Clare Walker Leslie

Birds:

Capturing the Essence - Techniques for Bird Artists by William T. Cooper

Drawing Birds by John Busby

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds by John Muir Laws

Drawing and Painting Birds by Tim Wootton

The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw

Plants:

How to Draw Plants: the Techniques of Botanical Illustration by Keith West

Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants by Sarah Simblet

There’s a longer list of books here:

http://scientificillustration.tumblr.com/post/12736994117/scientific-illustrations-library-of-scientific