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Nose drawing explained

14. February 2022

Have you ever tried sketching human faces? Did you find it difficult? Rightly so – when you attempt to sketch a face, you must put all the features together correctly, follow the anatomy, and, most importantly – you have to draw a good nose. But how on earth do you do that? Well, grab your sketchbook and let’s give it a shot together!
The key element of sketching is the speed that you work with, allowing the artist to quickly capture items or ideas on paper. By mastering sketching, you can quickly lay your thoughts, emotions, and memories on paper, saving them for later work.

But let’s get back to sketching faces and noses. We’ve put some tips and tricks together to help beginners get comfortable drawing noses with nothing but a simple pencil. The key is sticking to the proportions and paying attention to detail. Let’s get started!
Step 1: The very basic placement
Draw two perpendicular, intersecting lines to mark the nose placement, keeping in mind that no two people have the exact same nose – there is always some difference.
Step 2: Draw nose contours and nose wings
Nose wings and the nasal bridge are key elements of any nose, so you should start with them. Here’s one thing to keep in mind: the distance between the nose wings is about half the length of the vertical line from step one. Don’t forget about that to make sure your proportions aren’t off.
Step 3: Draw the nose shape
Now it’s time to move to the nose shape. This should be easy if you did the first step correctly. Go ahead and draw the nose’s rounded shapes and the tip.
Step 4: Details
Use an eraser to remove any extra lines to keep the drawing nice and clean and shift your attention to small details. Is the width of the nose a bit off? Fix it to your liking. Continue by adding nostrils and perfecting your picture until you are happy with the shape and what you see, keeping in mind that even the smallest imperfection can ruin the entire picture.
Step 5: Volume
Volume is necessary to make the nose look realistic, so in comes the shading! Use your pencil to add shadows to create a nice, three-dimensional nose drawing like a real pro. Always keep proportions and anatomy in mind and pay attention to every line and every shade, using a soft pencil.
Final tip: Professionals sketchers suggest laying down facial features like eyes, nose, and mouth first when you decide to sketch faces because these are the elements that need the most attention. Everything else can be fixed easily, but if you fail at capturing the nose or the eyes correctly, your entire drawing will look different, with the resulting portrait not really matching your model.
So, how did it go? These steps should help you draw different noses with ease, even if you are a complete beginner. And for those who feel motivated to move forward, polish their skill, and get more experience sketching faces, we invite you to join our figure drawing course – check it out here: and come learn with us!

Sometimes you really want to draw something, but just can’t decide what and end up not drawing anything at all because of how unmotivated you become by the undecidedness. Sound familiar? We know that feeling too, and that’s why we have put together a list of 25 topics and ideas for when you get that sketching itch. 

  • City sketching – capture some of your favourite places 
  • Quick sketches of people on public transport
  • Put your dreams and ambitions on paper
  • You can never go wrong with a self-portrait
  • Create your own world in your own comic strip – and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look like a Marvel or DC production 
  • Make fun of your friends and draw their caricatures
  • Make a study of the human body – try skull or muscle anatomy, or a hand – few things are more difficult to do well than hands
  • Recreate your favourite moments from movies or series
  • Try bringing some flora and landscape into your sketchbook, and if you love being outside, take your sketchbook with you
  • Imagine you are a graphic designer and create a new logo for your favourite band
  • Draw a place that you’d like to visit someday
  • A still life is always a great option – find inspiration in the items around you, inside the fridge, or try copying a picture from the internet
  • Try making some cool tattoo designs
  • Whip up some fun clothing prints – what would your own t-shirt look like?
  • Try capturing your future the way you want it to be
  • Create illustrations for your favourite book
  • Empty your purse or pockets and draw what you see – this is also an exercise you get to try at our sketching course 😊
  • Design whatever you feel like – from a piece of furniture to an entire room
  • Try your hand at architecture, starting with simple scenes and working your way to full streets and blocks
  • Draw some food (not recommended when you’re hungry, though 😊)
  • Draw scenes from a normal day in your life
  • Capture your workplace or workspace
  • Spend some time just doodling (draw pictures or patterns without focusing on them but instead thinking of other things) – you may be surprised with the results
  • What was the best day of your life? Try putting that amazing memory on paper
  • And most importantly – draw things that make you happy 😊

Do you want to learn to capture the world around you? Come learn all the sketching tricks with us! It’s not nearly as hard as it might seem and soon enough you’ll be able to capture items, food, streets, nature, and people with quick sketches!



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