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Hey everybody.
Today we're gonna be talking about the
Now this should be a lot of fun.
Everybody should be able to draw the nose.
The nose is one of those things where we,
have drawn a nose from
when we were kids to maybe when we were
teenagers doing comic books til today.
And we've created a lot of kinda symbolic
So, I wanna go through those symbolic
noses first to show you different and
varying ways that we draw the nose and
ways that we can break some bad habits to
be able to draw even better.
Okay, so, a lot of people just have this
kind of a nose.
It's a little bit more of a cartoon nose,
kinda basically a circle.
Sometimes maybe with a highlight like
Still others draw the nose kinda just a
triangle this way,
or a symbolic triangle that way.
Some people do this, like that.
And some people just do this.
So that is, that is a pretty typical way,
that we're drawing those.
Now here's the thing.
We all can draw.
We all can learn how to see, and we all
can learn how to,
how to draw the parts of the body with
So an easy way to do this,
to simplify this is to break the nose down
to a wedge shape.
That's the easiest way to do it.
Now, let's talk about where the nose comes
This right here is the external nasal
aperture and
as you can see it comes to right about
Right halfway to the opening of the
zygomatic arch.
So, right here the external nasal aperture
is what we really,
we can all this, feel it.
Go like this.
Just feel it right there.
And that is the beginning of where the
nose emerges from and goes
all the way to right here, which is called
the glabella, also known as the third eye.
So, I'm gonna walk you through this and
it's gonna be fun.
So I like to break the nose down
to a wedge like that.
It's a triangle shape, like that.
So, it's really, really simple.
We have one plane here, and
another plane here, going across.
Now, if we break it down to a wedge, then
we can expand on it.
So, for example,
if I draw a simple wedge shape,
Like this.
Then I could give a little bump.
a little nasal aperture.
Nostril rather, opening.
An underplane.
So as you can see.
We can easily start to kind of morph the
especially if we are drawing out of our
head, to any kind of different nose shape.
Now one of the important things is that
the nose actually comes from here,
comes from the brow ridge.
So let me just draw this for you here.
If we have the forehead as such,
the nose has to emerge out of the
forehead, like this.
So once again, starting
here, starting here.
And coming down, like that, just keeping
it super, super simple and super clean.
Coming out of the forehead.
And always, by the way, always keeping
that center line,
what's called the central axis, is really
Always having that center line so we know
where our center is.
Now this part of the nose here that it
connects to the philtrum is always gonna
be lower, right here.
As were the, the wings of the nose
are going to be a little bit higher up.
We'll quickly get in the eye sockets.
Side plane of that forehead.
And what you wanna do also is you see
how there's kind of this indentation right
You wanna really always think about that.
That it kind of, you wanna, create value
over there so
it creates a little bit of atmosphere.
Because it recedes in space so that's
really important.
So these little things are gonna make your
drawing more realistic or
more naturalistic.
It's gonna be really helpful.
Like that.
then the nose kinda fits into this
And from here that edge of that nose
is where we see the eyebrow start from.
So, it's actually emerging from inside
right here.
So lose that into value.
And as you have a gradation of the nose
you're going to start from dark.
Get lighter,
that is, you have a cast shadow.
you get the simple shapes of the nose,
then you can break the nose down into more
complex shapes.
And I'd like to break the nose down into
three simple shapes that I think
are really important for you.
So, we have a profile of the nose.
We're going to have this piece here,
and it's kinda gonna be like a jigsaw
puzzle, the way that I assemble this.
This piece here and
that is the upper lateral piece, part of
the cartilage of the nose.
The second piece here is
going to be the lower lateral right here.
And then here, is going to be the actual
wing of the nose.
So, this is all really important stuff.
And the wing hooks right here underneath
like that.
So we have this piece which is the upper
This piece is the lower lateral and
then this is the, the wing of the nose.
And we always have to think about planes,
this would be the bottom plane like that.
And of course,
this rolls into the mouth.
Like that.
This piece would actually be a little
wider as of this piece.
So once again upper lateral, lower
lateral, and the wing.
Those are really, really important things
to know.
And you could feel it right here.
You could feel the septum here as well.
Okay, so let's break the nose down even
further, okay?
So oftentimes, instead of just having a
wedge which we could have,
we would have, take that abstraction of
the wedge
and we'd have the wing here.
The upper cartilage, the lower cartilage
here you would have kind of the ball of
the nose.
A very Rembrandtian thing where you would
see one
piece here and one piece here like that.
And then when you draw one side of
the nose, you always have to draw the
other side, just like with anything.
You have to kind of draw at the same time.
So there are a million different kinds of
You know, there's the, the very
straight kind of pointy nose like this.
There is the the nose that has
the kind of a fighter bump like this.
There's the crazy
Roman nose like this.
There are just a million different types
of noses.
And once again you really should develop,
visually develop the nose that's going to
fit the character the best.
So if it's a portrait from life, obviously
you're just observing it from life and
you're gonna draw what you see, but if
you're developing a character,
or you're trying to make your portrait fit
a mood more,
then you're going to really wanna skew
that nose to fit that character in
a better way that really tells a story cuz
ultimately, you're telling a story.
Let me just get into where the nose sits
in the face.
The nose like I said,
comes out of the glabella
like this, like such and
fits into the fill trim here.
Like that.
Now the bottom of that nose comes to the
bottom of the ear.
Top of the nose comes to the top of the
ear, when we're talking about the face.
The corner of that nose also
comes to where the inside of that eye is,
right here.
So if you have a eyeball right here,
the inside of that eye is where the corner
of the nose is.
So, same with profile.
If you have a nose, corner of that nose
will come up to the corner of the eye.
That nose all the way back will be, top of
it will be where
the top of the ear is, and the bottom will
be where the bottom of the ear is.
And incidentally, the direction of that
nose like this,
is going to be the same as the direction
of the jaw line right here.
Like that.
So this here, his glabella is going
to recede in space like that.
When you look up at the nose,
you're going to want to break the nose
down into a really simple shape.
You're gonna break it down into a cone
like this,
which could also just be broken down into
a wedge like that.
And when you're looking down at the nose,
you're going to be looking down at a wedge
shape, like that.
That was really simple.
Shouldn't really be complicated.
Keep it as simple as possible.
Once again, the simplest thing you can do
is breaking it into a wedge
and really keeping that triangle shape.
And then you could make any kind of crazy
noses you want.
And the simpler you are,
the easier it will be to be able to
And the more fun you'll be able to have.
Cuz basically, this is just having the
best day ever all the time when you draw.
That's what it's about.
Also, one last note is the way the wings
just pay particular detail.
To the negative space in terms of right
here, that fold.
Because that fold,
is showing you everything
there is about the lower
structure here like that.
So, that fold connects to
that wing and bring you in.
Creates a rhythm.
There's a certain rhythm to that.
There's a fold here, brings you down here
to the tip of that nose and beyond.
The other aspect of the nose that's really
important, especially when you're
painting, but to go over it a little bit
with drawing is temperature.
So, if we have the nose, we always have to
think about where is the light, you know?
Where is the light coming from?
And light always falls off.
So, this is a little bit
of a more value specific way to interpret
a nose,
but it's a little bit more like painting
this way.
So if you break the nose down into value,
which is ultimately what we have to do
anyway when we paint we see that the under
plane of this nose is dark.
The nostril is dark.
Now, we're really just kind of breaking it
down into, into planes.
And then the cast shadow is going be
as dark as the nostrils, the same value.
So, as we fall, as our light falls off,
our under plane is here.
This is where the core shadows gonna be.
It's gonna be dark gradiating to
lighter to the bottom of the nostril,
and from the bottom of the nostril be
gradiating down.
Light's gonna just keep falling off,
falling off, falling off like that.
Now here, on this, as we start to touch
the ball of the nose,
the ball of the nose is gonna be a little
bit redder.
That's just where the, what the color zone
it's like,
because it's closer to the surface area,
because there's more blood in that region.
Now as you can see, as I kinda start to
get a little bit more specific,
I choke up on my pencil just a little bit.
That's what I like to do.
And see.
Getting a better understanding of what
we're doing here.
I'm just trying to draw a nose that is
not a symbol, but an actual nose.
And just take our hand and wipe it down a
little bit like that,
just kinda soften the edges.
And we take our eraser, and we can kinda
say, okay,
well the top bridge of that nose is right
Remember the tip of that nose is gonna
come to the corner of that eye.
Same with that side.
And the more value you get on your,
your drawing here the more your lights are
gonna stand out.
And you can see the lights gonna hit here.
It's gonna come up.
And sometimes you might want a crisp, a
cast shadow on that nose like that,
to give it a little bit more of a
realistic feeling.
Dark, dark here or darker dark there.
And then darker dark here where it's
meeting the folds of the skin on the face.
So, ultimately just wanna have fun.
Wanna really just have fun by trying to
understand and, and draw in value.
So, as you can see if this is a
this would be just a little on the red
side here.
And, as it goes up in space,
it loses saturation, and
gains saturation right about here
when you get into the eye sockets.
So, let's try that at home.
Everybody do a nose out of your
Do one in line, and then do one in value.
And remember, start with the wedge.
It's easy.
You can do it.