Learning How To Draw A Nose

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial Remember them 3D Spheres in Step 1? We are going to need them here to learn 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

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 1.) Using your blending tool, spread as much lead as you can from the eye and begin creating the shape of the nose.

Remember to reference the photo frequently, and to take it one square at a time.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 2.) Use the edge of a blade, such as craft scissors to scrape some lead off your shading pencil onto a spare piece of paper to create some powder.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 3.) Lightly dip your blending tool into the powder, and rub off the excess on the spare piece of paper.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial This will stop any stray bits of lead landing on your portrait and giving you a headache.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 4.) Continue to use your blending tool to create the shape of your subject’s nose.

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.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial You should now have the basic shape and shadows in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 5.) Use your 2B pencil to add the finer details.

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.

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 6.) Use your blending tool to smooth these areas out.

Remember to keep the blending tight.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 7.) Repeat alternating between your pencil and blending tool until you are happy.

Don’t overdo it, though. It is easy to get carried away.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 8.) Now add your highlights using a piece of putty rubber.

These will be on the most prominent parts of the nose.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 9.) Add your left eye.

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.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw A Nose | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 10.) Add some eyebrows by continuing one square at a time and referencing the photo frequently.

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.

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