Portrait art tutorial - how to draw the nose, step-by-step drawing lesson.

Drawing the Nose

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Nose - contour lines

This illustration above shows the shape of the nose through the red "contour" lines. Notice how the nose dips in rather dramatically at the tip. There's usually a shadow right underneath the tip of the nose. (As illustrated below, with the blue color.) Sometimes this shadow will be strong, sometimes it will be softer and lighter, but in most lighting situations, it is there.

nose illustration - shadow

Also notice that there is not a lot of shadow to the lighter side of the nose, or on the bridge of the nose. It is a common newbie mistake to outline the entire contour of the nose, on both sides. This is not necessary, and usually flattens the nose, and makes the portrait look unrealistic.

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