Try to pinpoint the locations on the nose where these values are located and notice the subtle changes that happen in the highlights (light values), midtones (middle values), and the shadows (dark values).
Follow the diamond shape to create the nostrils. Now it’s starting to come together!
Shade the nostrils and remember to leave some areas untouched so you can do some highlighting later.
It is much easier to draw a nose with such markings. Now you can see that it’s not hard to draw a nose from this point on. Just draw a streamlined shape of the wings. Mark two lines from the bridge of the nose and draw the tip.
When you are observing a nose, it’s helpful to know what you should be looking for. I like to look for “planes” – or simple geometric shapes that represent how the nose exists in space.
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Your drawing must include the darkest shades and the lightest tints and the grays in between. Keep in mind that no two noses will be the same. Observation is really the biggest secret when it comes to drawing.
The second video art lesson shows how to draw realistic noses. This video is a bit old, but still helpful for starting out drawing a realistic nose (Many of the concepts in the first video are also laid out here). Once you’ve got these concepts down, it’s time to step up your game a little further down the page…
The third video demonstrates how to draw a nose from the side view.
As long as you keep looking for the dark and light areas on the nose, and draw what you see, your nose will look realistic.
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Click here for a tutorial on how to draw a nose from the side
When color is introduced, it must be addressed, but the concepts of adding the value do not change. I have already explored how to approach drawing a nose with colored pencils in another video. Since it is a little bit more in depth, it has its own page. You can check it out below…
Drawing lines will help to establish the shape of the nose, but it’s the values that will lead to the illusion of form that you probably want in you drawing.
Although there is no formula for drawing noses, there is an order that you can focus your observation when drawing noses.
This module is devoted to drawing the nose (and the mouth) in a detailed approach through a HD video and eBook.
If you’re wanting to go even deeper on the concept of drawing noses, be sure to check out module 23 in “The Secrets to Drawing Video Course”.
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You must really observe your subject when you draw anything. Drawing noses realistically involves closely studying the values. The values are what gives us the impression and illusion of the form. Make sure that you include a full range of value when you draw a nose.
But here again, if you break the nose down into geometric planes, this angle is made easier to draw…
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Now just erase extra lines and you’ll get a picture of a classic nose. You can add some details to your drawing so far. Be prepared to make corrections. While it’s not that difficult to draw a nose, a small imperfection can make it appear too bulbous or too thin.
Continue with adding shading to the nose to create the illusion of a light source. Be careful not add more lines. Instead just concentrate on light and dark areas.
The concepts that have been explored so far all center on drawing with black and white media, such as charcoal or graphite (pencil). But what happens when another medium – or specifically a color medium, is used to draw a nose. Does anything change?
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Finding these planes and drawing them first will help you fill in the values that will lead to the realistic illusion of a nose.
Here’s the process outlined in the above video, just broken down into a step by step approach…
I will be using the following materials for this nose drawing tutorial: – Mechanical Pencil with 0.5 mm HB lead by Ain (If you’re a beginner, it may be hard to shade with a mechanical pencil. You can use a blunt HB pencil for a smoother shading and blending experience). – Kneaded Rubber Eraser – Blending Stump (Learn how to use one here) – Canson Bristol Paper (smooth side)
Drawing noses this way is so far from drawing them realistically. If you are going for a cartoon nose, then that may be a good direction to go. But for a realistic nose, you must really observe your subject.
Noses come in different shapes and sizes. So there are no exact tips on how to draw a girl’s nose or a nose of a child. For now, you can simply draw a nose that is often portrayed in educational pictures. I hope you don’t need any explanation of how to draw these two lines (see my example).
Now draw the contour of the bridge and wings of the nose. The width of the wings is equal to half the perpendicular line. Remember that everything must be proportional.
We are concerned with lighting and shades in this and final steps. Create some shadows using soft pencil, which will give volume to your drawing, making the nose look more realistic.
Shape and contour the bridge and ball of the nose. You can shade around the top of the circle to make the nose look pointer or shade the middle of the circle to give it a flatter look. Use the eraser to dab areas which appear too dark, any lines that show through or areas you want to highlight.
Now you can begin to add darker values where the nose is shaded. Start with the areas that are the darkest and slowly get darker with your pencil.
Here’s a link to module 23 on drawing the nose and the mouth…
If you’d like to draw a Human Face, you should start by drawing the Eyes. There is a separate lesson on “How to draw human lips”. Keep in mind that when you draw a portrait, there are no little things. All the features must be drawn correctly, including the nose. This lesson shows how to draw a human nose in pencil step by step
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Draw a circle for the ball of the nose and 2 curved lines on each side for the bridge. Keep the strokes light so they can be erased in later steps.
Don’t forget that noses come in all shapes and sizes and the best way to draw one is by observing the lines, shapes, and values that make them up.
Next, you want to use a blending stump (learn how to use a blending stump here) to gently blend out the skin and give it a softer look. Add some touch-ups and go over your highlighted areas once more with a kneaded eraser. You can try different diamond shapes as well as circles to create more unique nose shapes. Experiment with shading to achieve longer, flatter, or more defined noses and so on. Click here to check out my tutorial on how to draw a nose step by step from the side.
Here is a very simple step by step tutorial on how to draw a nose from the front view. Below is a diagram of a nose broken down into 3 separate parts: the bridge, the nostrils and the ball or tip. Breaking things down into sections will make drawing noses a breeze! We will first use simple shapes/forms as guidelines to construct the shape of the nose and to maintain symmetry.
Begin your drawing of a nose by drawing four lines. 2 lines for each nostril and then 2 lines for each edge of the nose.
Draw a horizontal line through the middle of the circle and a diamond-like shape around it for the nostrils.
Now that you’ve got the basic concept down, it’s time to take your skills to a actual subject. This might be a nose that you draw from life, or one that you draw from a photo reference. Either way, the process of drawing will heavily depend on observation.
There’s more than one way to draw a nose. In fact, since every nose is different, there are virtually unlimited ways to draw a nose. Unfortunately, this can lead to mistakes when it comes to drawing them.
For some reason, when it comes to noses, people struggle. It’s not hard to draw realistic noses. It’s actually really simple. All it takes is four lines and then the rest is adding value. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that drawing noses is hard.
Another characteristic of noses that gives some people problems is the lack of lines inherent in noses. A mouth, eyes and even ears all have clear linear qualities that are easy to pick out when you are drawing them. A nose, however, is another story. There are actually only a couple of lines that are easily seen on a nose. Instead, a nose consists of gradations of values. Every part of the nose that recedes will be darker in value, while the areas that protrude will be lighter. Getting this right will result in a realistic-looking eye.
Evaluate your drawing to make sure the nose doesn’t look too small or too big. The nose and the eyes are by far the most important parts of a portrait. You can always easily correct the chin and lips, but if the eyes or nose are poorly drawn, your drawing of a nose won’t look good.
Once you have a basic idea of how to draw a nose from a frontal view, it’s time to look at drawing a nose from the side.
Now look at the planes that can be easily drawn to create the form of the nose…
Shade around the outer part of the bridge and around the inner part of the circle, making a long “U” shape. You will notice the shading is thicker at the top of the bridge. That is because the bridge of the nose leads into the brow bones. Don’t worry if the guidelines you created earlier didn’t blend in with your shading. We will darken the drawing later.
If you want to know where to place the nose on a face with correct proportions, check out my tutorial on drawing faces!
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The more value that you add, the more your nose will look realistic. Areas of the nose that are light will look like they protrude, while areas that are dark will look like they go back in space.
Many people have incorrectly learned how to draw a nose. When you learn something incorrectly, it is even harder to learn how to do it correctly. This is true of anything, not just drawing. Many of us have been taught to draw that “L” shape or perhaps the “w” shape with an extra “u” when we draw a nose.