How to Draw a Nose – Step by Step

How to Draw a Nose – Step by Step


Hey guys, this is Stan Prokopenko, welcome
to another episode of Proko! I recommend you watch my previous video in which I cover the
anatomy of the nose. Let’s get right to it. So that you can follow along with me, I’ve
included the reference photo I used for this drawing, below the video THE LAY-IN I’ll start my layin with the perspective
of the major planes. I want to define the perimeters of these planes first and make
sure the width to height relationship is correct. Then, I’ll define the bottom plane, starting
with a rhythm between the nostrils, and the bottom plane of the ball. Get a rhythm in
there to separate the top plane from the side planes and connect the nose to the forehead
and eye socket by indicating the glabella and brow ridge. The anatomical nuances are subtle and the
plane changes especially around the bridge are really soft. But, I still want to lightly
map in the connections between the bones and cartilage pieces because it will help me place
the subtle halftones later. Staying light here is very important. Her nose points down and so the septum will
extend further down than the wings. The septum and wings curl in and so the nostril
shape is not just a simple oval, more of a comma. On the other side you don’t see the
inside of the septum, so the shape of the nostril will be defined by the wing and by
the front plane. When the light is coming from the top (in
this case its top left) most of the bottom will be in shadow. Mapping in the shape of
the shadow along the wings and ball is a key element. Notice this little square shape.
That’s this minor plane here which defines the side of the front of the nose, giving
it some thickness. TWO-VALUES I’ll add the cast shadow from the nose and
group this entire mass into one shadow value. Even though I see variations of value within
the shadow, like this reflection under the nostril, those light values are still part
of the shadow family. If you isolate these values you’ll see that the reflection in
the shadow is much darker than the halftones in the light. To complete the two value drawing I’ll add
the shadow on the inside of the eye socket to define the edge of the nose and glabella. There’s a dark halftone above the nostril
that is awfully close to being a shadow. In this case It’s up to the artist to decide.
You can push it to be part of the shadows or keep it part of the halftones. Personally,
I don’t want to accentuate this hook shape and so i’ll define that plane change later
with the halftones. Defining the FULL VALUE with DARK ACCENTS In this drawing there aren’t too many dark
accent, so this step will be quick. The deep holes of the nostrils receive no direct light
and very little reflected light, so they will be very dark. Then as the septum and wings
curl under, there will be some dark in those creases. After adding the dark accents, the rest of
the shadows appear too light, so I’ll go through one more time and darken a little
further. I want to do this before the halftone phase, to open up a larger value range for
my halftones. HALFTONES and HIGHLIGHTS When drawing the halftones of the minor planes
I want to make sure that I don’t lose the big picture – the values of the major planes.
The light is coming from the top. So, the bottom plane will be in shadow, the top plane
will be the lightest and the side planes in halftone. The halftone on the left will be
a little bit lighter than the halftone on the right, since the light source is more
on the left side of the picture. The ball of the nose will usually have darker
halftones because of the redness of the blood under the skin. This makes the highlight more
prominent on the ball, but it’s important not to overdo it. You don’t want the highlight
to look like a snowflake on the nose. So, pay attention to the edges of the highlight
and give the edges some variety. Maybe a sharp at the bottom and soft at the top. There’s
many ways of designing it, the important thing is that you give it some thought. The top of the ball goes into halftone and
the highlight disappears. At the connection of the ball to the bridge another highlight
begins and continues up to the glabella where it fades out really soft. And get some more halftones on the sides CLEAN UP EDGES AND SHAPES I’ll go through the drawing one more time
and do some cleanup work and define things a little better. This stage is about details.
I look very closely at every part of the drawing. So, as usual I’m giving away this drawing,
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