Drawing a Face Tutorial - Part 4 (Nose)

Welcome back class,
Thank you for being patient with me, I do appreciate that. This step we are going to move onto the nose of our face sketch. A lot of people find this part of the face a nightmare, but I hope to show that with a few simple rules you’ll you should be able to overcome this.

NOSE (first hatching)
Using a 7H I begin roughing out with a few strokes the preliminary shadows of the nose. Basically forming two columns down either side of the nose, around the nostrils and along the base of the nose.

Figure 004A (first hatching)

NOSE (reinforcing hatching)
Now I simply go over the initial hatching using strokes in the opposite direction to the first and reinforce the first hatching.

Figure 004B (reinforcing hatching)

NOSE (defining shadows)
Now using a 2B, I define where the main shadows will be on the nose. In this example, I want shadows on each nostrils, under the base and joining up both nostrils. I also want to leave a sphere or ball of no shading on the tip of the nose.

Figure 004C (defining shadows)

NOSE (defining trunk)
Still using the 2B, I begin to define the trunk of the nose by a few simple angle strokes down each of the earlier columns I hatched. I also add a few angle strokes coming from the corners of each eye, travelling down the sides of the columns of the nose.

Figure 004D (defining trunk)

NOSE (defining wide trunk)
Still using the 2B, I draw a few long vertical strokes down each column )including the central trunk) to the nostril and then as if I’m sketching the letter ‘H’, I add a few strokes acroos the open bridge but above the sphere of no shading, in fact I’m trying to it to an eliptical sphere shape.

Figure 004E (defining wide trunk)

NOSE (defining medium trunk)
Still using the 2B, I reinforce the trunk hatching and around the nostrils to the just below the base of the nose.

Figure 004F (defining medium trunk)

NOSE (defining thin trunk)
Still using the 2B, I join the two columns with strokes and then using my kneadable putty rubber which I squeeze to a thin wedge I rub out a thin bridge line almost to the sphere of no shading (looks like a rough outline of an exclimation mark).

Figure 004G (defining thin trunk)

NOSE (adding body)
Here I’m simply filling in and reinforcing the body of the trunk of the nose (using 2B – 4B) making sure I retain my exclimation mark. I also strengthen the shading on the sides of the nose (helps when I have add the skin – saves time too).
Figure 004H (adding body)

NOSE (tidy up)
Using both the softer 2B/4B and then the harder 7H, I tidy up the nose, feathering very gently around the sphere and ever so fine across it. I fine shade across the entire trunk and sides of the nose blending it in uniformly (take your time here, the effort is really worth it). I’ve also added shading below the baseline and come down slightly from the nose as if to join the lips of the mouth. I also blend in the top cornes of the nose where it meets the eyes.

Figure 004I (tidy up)

NOSE (face so far)
Here we have the finished nose as it should look so far, I try not to work it too far as I still have a lot to do.

Figure 004J (face so far)

I hope you are getting something that looks familiar, I do not expect it to be identical to my face, but a close approximation to the dominant primate on this planet is a step in the right direction!

Class dismissed.

Drawing a face Tutorial – Part 1
Drawing a face Tutorial – Part 2
Drawing a face Tutorial – Part 3
Drawing a face Tutorial – 5

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