Welcome to this third tutorial on our series of “drawing the facial features”. This time we will focus on how to draw the human nose properly. The tutorial will be divided into 6 different steps. We will start by drawing the main volumes of the nose and we will keep drawing until we have our drawing finished, shading included.
Each step will be quite easy to follow, and it will come with an image and a written description of what you have to do in each step.
So, if you are ready, let´s begin with the tutorial:
STEP 1: DRAWING THE TIP OF THE NOSE
For the tip of the nose, you should draw a hexagram with the top larger than the bottom part. It doesn´t need to be a perfect hexagram. The human features are not perfect and fully symmetrical, so little deviations are totally normal.
STEP 2: DRAWING THE NOSTRILS
The nostrils are the next step. Draw the nostrils on both sides of the tip. Don´t draw to rounded holes, instead leave them open. This will give a more natural look to your drawing.
STEP 3: DRAWING THE NASAL SEPTUM
The nasal septum will be quite easy to draw. Just draw to parallel curved lines starting from the tip of the nose and close them on top.
Before we continue I will like to stop here and recommend one course I found very useful when I was learning to draw the human head.
This course will teach you how to draw different parts of the human head and also how to draw stunning portraits that will leave your friends and family with the mouth wide open. Down below you can see some of the face anatomy exercises I did for the course:
I wrote an in-depth article describing and analyzing this course. Feel free to check the article clicking here.
STEP 4: DRAWING THE FROWN
On top of the septum, we should draw the frown. Just 4 lines, 2 curved lines going to the sides ( those lines will be the end of the eyebrows ). The other 2 lines will go straight up to the front of the face. Basically these 2 lines represent folds in the skin.
STEP 5: DRAWING THE PHILTRUM
The philtrum and the wrinkles on the sides of the nostrils will be the last two features we will draw. Both are not really part of the nose, but they are connected to it.
The philtrum will be drawn in a teardrop shape with the top part open and connected to the bottom of the nose.
STEP 6: ADDING SOME SHADING
Now it´s time to add some shading to your drawing. We are going to use some hatching and cross-hatching techniques. You can learn more about these techniques by reading my article on How to shade using a pencil.