Draw an adult fe­male nose

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Af­ter rough­ing out the struc­ture of the face in which the nose be­longs, I start from the hair­line and divide the face hor­i­zon­tally into three parts. I set the eye­brows one-third of the way down the face, and the base of the nose at the bot­tom of the sec­ond third. With th­ese ref­er­ence points I can build a geo­met­ric shape in which the nose will fit: a sort of trun­cated pyra­mid. By pinch­ing, ex­pand­ing and mod­i­fy­ing this shape, I can get dif­fer­ent noses. Now I can move on to the colour­ing, bear­ing in mind the planes of this solid shape. The tip of the nose and nos­trils are rounded, so I smooth the edges and an­gles. The nose is well-sup­plied with blood, so it’s more red­dish than the rest of the com­plex­ion. I al­ways re­mind my­self not to paint the nos­trils with a flat black – a dark brown gives a more re­al­is­tic look.

July 2015

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