Drawing Nature (Even Indoors)

Put pencil or pen to paper and sketch the natural world with how-to tips from Nature Anatomy series author and illustrator Julia Rothman.

Hi everyone,

There are so many moments when we find ourselves waiting. In those moments, I try to be always observing. Drawing has led me to explore the world in a deeper way. It might do the same for you.

I thought it would be fun to offer a few simple step-by-step guides for drawing a frog, a bird, and a butterfly. My anatomy diagrams can help you identify some of these animals’ features as you work. These guides are just starting points. You should try sketching directly from nature, if you can, or by looking out your window if you’re homebound. I encourage you to post your drawings and hashtag them #drawnatureanatomy so I can share them online.

Drawing has always been a calming escape for me. I hope you can find some enjoyment in trying it out.

Sending virtual hugs.

All about frogs

All about birds

All about butterflies


Julia Rothman

Julia Rothman

About the Author

Julia Rothman is a highly acclaimed contemporary illustrator and author of many best-selling books, including Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy, Ocean Anatomy, Food Anatomy, Nature Anatomy Notebook, and Wildlife Anatomy. Her illustrated column, Scratch, is featured in the Sunday New York Times. Clients for her illustrations and pattern designs include Target, the Washington Post, MTA Arts & Design, and more. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Learn more about this author

Related Books

Featured Titles