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How to draw a nose


In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a nose using its simplest and most basic shapes. Then we'll look at how you can make noses even more complex and with different shapes and sizes. One of the goals here is to create a unique, expressive and creative face with personality.

In this tutorial I mainly used CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX for the iPad, but you can also adapt all the explanations to other graphics apps such as Procreate or Photoshop.


1. Understand the nose: basic structure

Before you start drawing noses in different styles and shapes, you first need to understand the basic structure. Once you understand the basics, you can apply them to different drawing styles, whether realistic or comic. If you follow this order, it will help you draw the nose you need in any situation.

Imagine and disassemble the various building blocks that make up a nose. Using flat and rectangular shapes helps to better understand volume.

Below you can see the different divisions of a nose, which are separated by colors. Imagine a rectangle for the main structure of the nose that can be narrowed towards the tip of the nose as desired. Or try taking it a little wider if you need a nose with wider nostrils.



1.1. Understanding the nose: round shapes

Once you understand the basic structure of the nose, convert these rectangular and flattened elements into curved and spherical shapes. This is how we gradually approach the structure of a real nose.



Look ‘how a nose can be displayed realistically! Incorporating shaded areas helps to understand the volume. After analyzing these elements, try to combine them. Use a variety of basics, photos, and so on. You can find tons of artwork on sites likeArtStation orPinterest.



To make the tip of a nose simple, draw a larger ball in the middle of a small one on each side. The sizes can vary depending on what you want the nose to look like. If you like, add a rectangular structure to better understand each side of the nose.



2. Position the nose correctly

Now that we've internalized the basic structure of the nose, let's look at how it fits on the face. Several aspects and proportions have to be taken into account.

The size of the nose follows the vertical guideline that divides the face in two (more or less in half). Their size can also be related to the ears. When the nose is big, the ears are often big too. The tear duct helps to determine where the nostrils are.



3. Proportions according to biological sex and genre

Now that the basic structure of the nose should be completely clear, we can concentrate on how to create the right nose shape for each character. Examine and identify the various, individual traits that can be used to identify age or gender differences in characters.

A typical male nose differs from a female nose in that it usually has a more prominent nasal septum and larger nostrils. A typical female nose accordingly has a thinner nasal septum and smaller nostrils. You can also round off the tip of your nose or draw it angular to make it a little thinner.



Another aspect to consider is age. Because their bodies are still growing, children's noses are much smaller than adults'. You will find the same pattern on an adult's nose compared to that of an older adult's. See ‘how an older man's nose is larger and drooping further than that of a middle-aged adult.



4. Different nose shapes

Depending on the type of nose, a character receives certain facial features. This helps to make their psychological characteristics more easily recognizable. You can also combine this with facial expressions and other elements. Traditionally, the design of the noses of adversaries is larger than that of protagonists, who then have smaller, thinner noses. Remember that there can be exceptions. You just need to know how to balance that with other features used to define your character.

In the example below, I've decided to put a prominent nose on the top three drawings and a smaller, pointed nose on the three below. As mentioned earlier, character psychology can be closely tied to physical traits (like the nose!) But there is always room for exceptions.



5. Same face, different nose!

When designing a character, last-minute changes can bring some surprises when it comes to deciding on the final design. In that case, I'd like to show you an example of how different types of noses affect the same character.



6. A nose in different styles

Depending on the style, artists have different conceptions of noses and represent them in different ways. Here is an example of five different interpretations of a nose. The first is a simple manga style nose, the second is Disney style, the third is American comic book style, the fourth is my own style (I call it stylish) and the fifth is more realistic style - realistic take on my stylish Nose.



7. Attaching a nose to an illustration

To conclude the tutorial, let's take a look at this step-by-step illustration so that it becomes clear how the nose is put together with the other elements of the face. I drew a small nose with freckles to give texture to the skin around the nose.

Note the importance of knowing where to place highlights and shadows to create depth and volume. I always add some sheen on the sides of the nostrils and at the tip while adding a darker shade under the nose. The color of your illustration will depend heavily on the lighting in addition to the character itself. In my picture I used a neutral light source.



The artist introduces herself

Raquel Arellano is a digital and traditional illustrator and concept artist from Barcelona. She has experience teaching video games and is currently working at a university as an art teacher on this subject. She works for freelance role-playing companies, works on a commission basis for individuals, and writes tutorials for various companies. She shows her creative developments on Twitch and you can check out more of her illustrations on Instagram, Twitter or ArtStation.