Nose

A friend of mine asked me to post a tutorial about drawing nose and here it is - a little something on the matter. Well, it's not like there is a special philosophy to it, but I made some screenshots while I was waiting and wrote down what I was doing so it might be of use to some of you :) When I look at this tutorial now I am not convinced that it will be enough, because I chose one (and rather simple) nose position but I guess technique applies to any nose position (and not only to nose).

As for now here's the post about painting nose from front view. If something is not clear please let me know!

First of all - a simple sketch. It's good to draw a symmetry line, it helps a lot. Next, on the new layer (under the sketch, so it's still visible), I paint everything with single color and then with soft brush I put some basic lights. Whole process of painting nose will basically be repeated lights and shadows painting. I start with very light and soft ones and slowly make them stronger and sharper. Right now I use big, round and soft-edged brush to put on some delicate shadows and lights.

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Next I try to make the tip of the nose stick out. I lower opacity of sketch a little bit and with soft brush and dark color I paint a circle around the nose tip. You can see it on the first picture of those three below. After that, with a lighter color, I add some lights on the nose bridge and a bit on wings too. Next is deepening the shadows behind nose wings, in nostrils and on the left part of the face.

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I get rid of sketch layer completely as I don't need it anymore. I increase opacity of my brush to something like 80% and paint the nostrils, defining edges and such. I do the same with wings and later on I add some sharer lights with lighter color. I add light line on the lower part of nose and on the left wing. Then on the separate layer I add some spots and dots to imitate skin texture. It helps a lot when you draw something this detailed, normally I don't pay this much attention to the nose ;)

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Just after those freckles and spots I draw some more dots with very light color to add more detail to the skin. I also make the right part of the face lighter, for the shadows and lights to be more interesting. What comes after that is yet again deepening shadows. I constantly check whether edges are sharp enough, specially those near nostrils and nose wings.

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At this moment the only thing that yet needs to be done is refining edges. The last thing I do is sharpening - when I paint with soft brush everything seems to be a bit too blurry so at the end I sometimes use a simple sharpening filter.

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And here you have a little gif showing how was it all changing along the way :)