How To Draw A Nose

Learning to draw the nose is one of the most sought after areas when drawing and sketching the human anatomy. The nose can be very hard to draw with its mixture of hard cartilage and soft fleshy areas. The range of sizes and shapes is also very vast so there is much to be learned and considered when drawing the human nose.

This drawing video is an absolutely fantastic example of how to visually teach the aspiring artist how to draw the nose with it’s easy to follow step by step approach and at times humorous narrative. The quality of the drawing throughout and the finished result is classically beautiful so adhering to what this artist has to say is a sure fire way to excel in your drawing and sketching skills.

The artist begins with what is called a ‘lay in’ which basically put means establishing the height and width ratios of the nose. He draws a box with his pencil with an aim to capture the basic proportions of the nose. This is a great way to start before you go adding too much detail early on and end up having to correct areas which you may have drawn wrong.

Working from a reference photo which features regularly in the art tutorial he captures the planes of the nostrils, ball of the nose and the bridge which runs down the nose to instantly identify the dimensions of the nose. Then he maps in the connections between the bone and the cartilage to help him place the half tones which will be introduced later in the drawing observation.

He talks of how the nose from the observational photo points down and as a result places the nostrils and ball of the nose in their according places. This is half the battle with observational anatomical studies so make sure you take your time at this stage. Using a hatching method with the pencil he applies the half tones under the nose and at the top of the eye sockets where the brow casts a shadow. At this point you can start to see the drawing coming to life with the beginnings of a solid resemblance in place.

With the remainder of the art tutorial the artist describes how to correctly place your tonal values to best resemble the nose which is under observation. By working the pencil at a 90 degree angle across the half tone shading you will naturally build up a darker tonal quality thus adding further depth to your drawing.

The quality of this video is second to none and is one of the best tutorials I have seen on how to draw the human nose. You can find this artist and his other videos at his website www.proko.com or alternatively you can search the other how to draw tutorials in ArtisanHQ’s drawing archive.

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    1. ya, like hiroyudrigo said, I covered it in the previous video. If I show that there is a “prerequisite” in the beginning of the video, that means there’s some important stuff to understand from the other videos before you watch this one.

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    2. is glabela, the part in the middle of the eyebrows, the septum is the part right under the nose, that “pit” exactly in the middle line and between the nose and upper lip where the moustache grows; search over the net for some head anatomy book, is very useful to know what’s under skin cause the face shapes and planes depend on it

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    3. 🙂 well we always have the right time to change I’ve been struggling always with the noses, now I get a much better perspective about them 😉 all is about practice and understand how to project it, thanks for the so professional depiction and video

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    4. hey! I love the tutorials, my favourite is the head from any angle and you said you would cover the features in these videos. I do feel like the step by steps here is not as simple as the one with the head, I would love to see videos about how to make the features from any angle on the heads 🙂 these are so fancy shmancy and feels hard to apply to any head, just some simple techniques and proportions like! 🙂

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