Tips on Drawing the Nose

January 11, 2012

Drawing Faces, Sketch Proportions

For me, the nose is one of the stangest features of the face, especially when you stare at it for long periods of time. It can also be a challenge to draw. Drawing the nose too high, or too low, or drawing one curve too big could completely disfigure the face you’re drawing. That’s why in this post I’m going to share some tips that I’ve found helpful when drawing the nose.

To begin with I’d like to point out that the female and male nose though having the same components are quite different in appearance. This mainly comes down to the latter having a more prominent nasal bone and nostrils, and the former drawn with a much lighter hand and with little to no curves on it.


As you can see I’ve broken down the construction of the nose into stages. I’ve found that using shapes that are similar to the object I’m drawing in the guidelines makes it easier for me to get an accurate drawing.


These guidelines are just that, guidelines. So you can choose to get more detailed with them or just stick with the very basics.

For me what it comes down to is getting familiar with the shape of the nose and the way it’s constructed and learning to spot its main attributes. For example noticing that the tip of the nose of your subject is larger/smaller than usual, or that the nose bridge is quite prominent will help you a lot in drawing more accurate portraits.

Once you get familiar with the curves and shapes of the nose it’ll become easier to draw.   Something you can do to practice is look in the mirror and try drawing your nose from different angles.

Thanks for reading.  If you have any art related questions or you have some tips you’d like to share feel free to comment below.


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