OCAD Studio: Drawing Noses

  • Begin by thinking about the basic form of the nose.
  • It projects out of the face in a block – usually tapering from the widest point at the nostrils up to the brow.
  • Thinking of the nose this way will help you to give it a more solid sense of structure in drawings and paintings.
  • When starting a nose in a portrait, it’s best to begin with the shadows. In a scene lit from above the main shadows will be below the nose and brow.
  • Once the shadows are in place, you can find variations within them.
  • The nostrils are pretty much always very dark and you will usually find a reflected light in the botoom of the tip of the nose.
  • Finally, you can add halftones and highlights to finish developing the form of the nose.
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