Learning How To Draw A Nose
The widest part of the nose is very spherical in shape, and is why as children we used dots to make a nose on a Stickman.
In this part of the step by step drawing tutorial we will add our subject’s nose, before adding the left eye using the previous tutorial ‘How To Draw Eyes’ again.
Adding Our Subject’s Nose
For this you will need;
- 2B Pencil
- Blending Tool
- Putty Rubber
- Scissors or blade
- 2B Shading Pencil
- Spare Piece of Scrap Paper
- Shading Guide
Remember to reference the photo frequently, and to take it one square at a time.
What you are actually doing is adding some mid-tones, so you may find it helpful to keep your Shading Guide handy we created in Step 1.
Work one square at a time, and look at the photo frequently.
This will most likely be a dark shadow around the edge of one side of the nose.
And the nostrils.
Again, you can use your Shading Guide for reference for shadows. I suggest 8 or 9.
Tip; The darkest part of the nostrils are deep in the corner. The shade then gradually lightens as you move outwards.
Remember to keep the blending tight.
Don’t overdo it, though. It is easy to get carried away.
These will be on the most prominent parts of the nose.
Go back to Step 3: How To Draw Eyes if you need to refresh.
Add your highlights, and use your putty rubber to remove any of the grid guide lines which you don’t think you need anymore.
The majority of these guide lines blend in as you, well er… blend with your blending tool.
A stipping pencil technique will do this job, and lightly smoothing over using your blending tool.
Add the detail lightly again.
You may be able to see how 3D Spheres, mid-tones, highlights and shadows play their part in pencil portraiture by now. If so, that’s great; you will soon grow in confidence.
If you struggled with it though, that’s fine too. We all learn in different ways, and I’m sure a bit more practice will bring you up to speed. Just keep going.
Now we have two eyes, a nose and some eyebrows in place it’s time to add some lips.
We will do this in Step 5: How To Draw Lips. So, let’s go.