Pencil Portrait Drawing Tips On The Nose

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					The nose is crucial in relation to the overall scale of all other facial features of your
pencil portrait subject. An incorrectly drawn nose will very much affect the likeness
of your subject. The nose is also a study in shading and blending.

Here are some issues you should keep in mind when drawing a nose:

* Shape - When drawing a nose, you should be thinking of spheres and cylinders. The
shading and blending is very much related to that of a sphere and a cylinder. Be sure
you first determine the location of the light source in your photograph. This is crucial
to make everything look real and natural.

* Planes - A nose has many planes and protrusions which all have a certain angle with
respect to each other. It is important to judge these angles correctly to obtain a good
likeness. Also, squint your eyes to determine the type of shadow you are dealing with
(hard edge, halftone, soft edge, highlight, or reflected light).

* Darkest Area - Invariably, the darkest area will be found inside each nostril. These
areas are always cast shadows and therefore very dark. Remember that cast shadows
become lighter as they approach the light source. Also, the edges of cast shadows are
the sharpest near the object that throws the cast shadow. The edges get softer as they
approach the light source.

* Reflected Light - Showing reflected light is very important to model
three-dimensionality. It is usually found around the edges of the nostrils. In general,
any surface that has a lip or a rim will show reflected light. Reflected light is also
found where you have a shadow edge. A shadow edge is an area that is receding from
the light source and usually turns into a cast shadow. In between this shadow edge and
the cast shadow you will find a thin layer of reflected light.

* Blending - As always, blending should proceed from the darker areas towards the
lighter areas and should be done parallel to the edges of the areas and always follow
the natural flow of the subject. This will promote the illusion of depth and form and
therefore realism.

* Size - Although everybodys nose is different, you should memorize the average size
and placement of the nose, so you can always refer to this while you are drawing an
actual nose.

The nose is measured from the bridge between the eyes to the bottom of the nostrils.
This distance, on average, is equal to the distance from the bottom of the chin up to
the bottom of the nostrils.

The bottom of the nostrils is, again on average, at the same height of the bottom of the
earlobes. The space between the eyes is one eye-width and also gives you the distance
between the outside edges of the nostrils. Of course, all these measurements are with
reference to a frontal view.

* Flow - Remember that the nose is part of the face. In other words, the edges should
be flowing into the face and not separate the nose from the rest of the face. So the
edges should blend into the surrounding cheek areas.

In conclusion, it should be said that the nose is very important to the likeness of your
subject. Pay close attention to the deviations from the standard measurements and
location because these are important elements in what makes a good likeness. The
above guidelines together with practice will make you an expert nose drawer.