Alright, a tutorial on a feature that seems so hard to draw, but really isn’t. The nose!
I have to admit, the first time I drew a nose, it turned out horrid. But guess what. As it turns out, drawing a nose is the same as drawing anything else- it’s all about the shadows and highlights!
So here I’ll show you, step by step, how I draw a nose.
1. This is what we start with- a basic sketch of a generic nose. I know, the frontal view of a nose is the toughest to draw. But hey, once we get the hardest part down, the rest of it is cakewalk, isn’t it? 🙂
2. Let’s determine the light source. Here, it’ll be the top left corner. So we know that the bottom right of the nose will contain the darkest tones, and the gradation will be from light in the left, to dark in the right.
(Sorry about the creases. My eraser’s being really bad!)
3. Now, we mark out our shadowy regions. This is necessary if you’re using a reference. If not, you can just be spontaneous with it. 😉
4. Time to get colouring. I like to begin with the darkest tone. I’m using an HB pencil, but you can use any shade. It sort of sets a threshold to the highest value our drawing will have, so remember that every tone that follows will be lighter than this. Note that the nostrils are always the darkest. (I highly doubt anyone has white nostrils!)
5. Now we get our second darkest tone in. This, for me, was a 2H, but again, use whichever shade you see fit. This goes around the edge of the nose that is away from the light, and just below the center of the nose, as you can see.
6. Finally, we get in our lightest tone, for which I used a 5H. This fills in the remainder of our demarcations.
7. Using a blending stump- preferably a clean one- or a cotton bud, blend around the edges of the darkest tone. This will also help the stump pick up some graphite, so that all the blending that follows is smooth.
8. Blend out the edges of the second tone in a similar way.
9. Finally, blend out the lightest shade.
10. Now let’s work on adding a little dimension. Using the second shade, the 2H, trace along the length of the right side of the nose, like so.
11. With the same pencil, shade outwards in semi-circles, reducing the pressure as you go away from the center.
12. Blend in the same direction, so you have something like this.
13. Do the same thing on the other side, but with the lightest shade, the 5H. Remember, it gets lighter as you go farther away from the center.
14. See how the edges look so abrupt? Well, let’s fix that. Using the blending stump, blend inwards from the edges in tiny circular motions. This just helps it appear softer.
15. “Connect” the two ends with the same movement, tiny blend-y circles.
16. Time to do the bridge of the nose. Locate where you want this to be- it’s usually at the narrowest part of the nose. Colour a band across the nose with the 5H pencil, and blend it out.
17. Going back to the bottom of the nose, blend in the line that separates the round part of the nose from the bottom “U”. This helps connect the two.
18. Do the same thing as we did with the edge of the nose. Place the darkest tone closes to the center, and go lighter downwards.
19. Back to the nostrils. Line the upper edges of the nostrils, and extend these lines diagonally downwards.
20. Blend these lines downwards slightly.
21. Time to whip out the magic wand I like to call a kneaded eraser! Choose a spot where the light will hit with the highest intensity. This spot will appear the most protruded. Erase off a little circle at this spot.
22. Now, using the same eraser, dab lightly around this circle. This is how I “blend” in the erasing.
23. Dab through the very center of the nose up to the bridge.
24. Dab off some graphite from the area above the bridge, too. This helps it really sink, thereby adding dimension.
25. Knead the eraser to a tiny point, and erase of fine lines around the nostrils.
26. Dab these upwards slightly, making sure maximum graphite is lifted off around the outer corners of the nostrils. These areas tend to appear lighter due to the strong contrast against the darkest tones of the nostrils.
27. Erase and dab off a tiny line next to the diagonal we created in step 19. This is another area light happens to hit.
28. Finally, lightly erase off a “C” at the outer edge of the shin around the right nostril. This is the last place light hits.
Add and erase lines as you please, till you’re happy with the final product.
Voila! You just drew a nose! 😀
Not as hard as it seems, is it? Lengthy, yes, but once you get a hang of it, it’s really, really easy!
I really hope this tutorial helped. If you have any requests, please do comment below and let me know.
Thanks for watching!