Portrait art tutorial
- how to draw the nose, step-by-step drawing lesson.
Drawing the Nose
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this illustration, I am attempting to show the angle of the nose
from 3/4 view.
the purple line that goes down the center of the face. Since this
is a three-quarters view portrait (instead of full-on) the nose
is also at a three-quarters view, and therefore, at an angle.
The red lined areas (yeah, real flattering, I know) show how much
of the nose is on the left side of this line. The nose "sticks
out," is not straight up and down. The blue-lined areas to
show the nostril area on the other side of the this straight line.
This is to show you that when the face is at an angle (three-quarters
view, or whatever) you have to have the nose at an angle
green line shows that the edge of the nostril is approx. aligned
straight down from the edge of the inside of the eye. (The eye
lines up with the nostril this way from the front view too.) The
orange line shows how the edge of the nostril lines up in the
middle of the mouth. Some people have narrower noses (or mouths)
but for the most part, they will line up similarly.
you will notice, the girl in the drawing does not have an extremely
wide or large nose - and yet it does have some definite width
to it. A common newbie mistake is to make the nostrils and width
of the nose way too narrow. Take special care to get the width
of the nose correct.
quick overview of the nose in profile: The original drawing is on the
left (click to see larger view). I had a lot of fun messing up the illustration
on the right!
the purple nose. (Yes, yes, exceedingly flattering, once again!) This
shows how far the nose sticks out from the plane of the face. Don't
be afraid to make the nose stick out. It doesn't have to be huge, but
if you make it too flat, it will not look believable. There will always
be variations in nose size, but I have seen too many "newbies"
be timid with the nose, so this is another area to pay special attention
important thing to remember: be sure to observe the length of the nose.
(As illustrated with the two purple lines above.) Compare the length
of the nose with the width of the nose from the side (as illustrated
by the red lines). The length isn't that much more than the width!
all faces will have the same proportions, of course. But I've noticed
that some portrait artists make the nose waaaay too long. Or,
they'll make it too short. Take great care when drawing the length of
sketch out the outline of the nose. You don't have to draw a
dark line down both sides of the nose. Usually one side is more
shadowed than the other.
to add a little shading to the side of the nose that is in shadow,
and the bottom of the nose. Define the nostrils. Shade the nostril
that is in shadow a little bit, but not as much as the rest
of that side of the nose. The nostril sticks out a little bit,
and gets more light on it.
shading the nose. Suggest, through gentle shading, the "roundness"
of the center (bulb) of the nose, and the roundness of the nostrils.
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