How to Draw Noses

Skill Level : 2 Intermediate

Medium : Pencil Drawing

Subject : Portraits

Tutor : Nolan Clark

Class Length : 2 hours 2 minutes

Avg Rating :

Silver Level or Higher Class

Class Description

We will learn how to draw noses that actually look like they are standing up off the paper.

During the class you will learn :

1) How to create the textures of the nose
2) How to draw the nose according to a simple system of simplified shapes
3) How to deal with noses of different ages
4) How to make the nose stand up off the face
5) How to make the nose blend naturally into the rest of the face
6) and more...

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Class Tutorial

Step 1: Outlines

Layout the lines for the nose; you can make this drawing as large as you like, making it easier to follow and do the work. Draw these lines very lightly.

Step 2: Basic Shading

Add a light shading to the nose to start establishing the different angles of the nose. This will give you a feel for what goes where.

Step 3: Shade the Nostrils

Seek out the cast shadows under the nose and darken the nostril holes. This will lift the nose up off the face.

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Step 4: Draw in the left side of the nose

Shade in the left side of the nose. Look out for small changes in tonal value as well as lost and found lines.

Step 5: Add the right hand nostril wing

Draw in the right hand nostril wing. The sun is from the right hand side, so look carefully at the different tonal values.

Step 6: Root of the Nose

Draw in the root of the nose and start to establish the areas around the eye and forehead. This area is used to make the nose protrude from the face.

Step 7: Highlights

Complete the nose by lifting out the highlights with your eraser

Just as your nose leads your face so the drawn nose has to appear to stand out in three dimensions on the paper. As you subtly shade around the nose step back and look at what you are doing. This will give a better overall view of the effect.


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