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Christina Russell, Windsor
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Noses come in all shapes and sizes, and unless we are trying to sculpt a likeness of someone famous, we can get away with almost any shape we sculpt. However, it is important to know the basics of anatomy to sculpt a more believable nose. As long as our character is a human being, we should apply that knowledge to bring out the correct features. It is necessary to understand how a nose works, but there is no frantic need to learn the names of all the bones and muscles surrounding it. If we were to explain a nose to a child in the simplest forms, we would most likely divide it into three parts that we see at first glance: bridge, tip and nostrils (also known by some as wings). That is often enough information for a child to draw a clear nose resemblance.
As artists, we have to dig a little deeper. We need to think of what is hiding beneath the skin. Let’s just focus on the part of the nose that sticks out of the skull, and defines how skin wraps around it. Without going into surgical level of detail, we can break it down into a few more smaller parts (see Step 3): nasal bone, dorsal hump, cartilages (lateral, septal, lesser and greater alar) and dense soft tissue. They go by many names, so do not be alarmed if your resource shows an alternative.
Grab a mirror and take a look at your own nose. Gently poke and press it with your fingers to feel how the nasal bone and cartilages connect and all the pieces work together. There are many anatomical reference materials on the internet, so it is good to have a little look in preparation for sculpting. For practice, you may want to try sculpting exaggerated and rough forms, clearly highlighting the edges and particular parts of the nose. It will help you remember how it is built and what it is supposed to look like. Try not to dwell on getting the angles absolutely perfect. Humans are not perfect creatures. Get the general shape right and enjoy the process.
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