How to Draw a Nose




The Nose, awkward, but essential. I have been looking all over the internet for a decent tutorial on how to draw a nose, and I could find a single one. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a Basic human nose.

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Step 1: Materials.

You will need:
1 sketchpad OR Drawing Paper
Pencils (I only like Faber Castell, They don't break)
Eraser, Trust me, bring a spare. (preferably a plastic AND a kneaded, they can get into small areas)

No picture for this, Sorry. Camera died and It takes a while to charge. But how hard are those things to come by?

Step 2: The (Most) Basic Form

Draw a trapezoid as seen in the picture, short Bases but long diagonals. make it tall, like the bridge of a nose.

Step 3: The Second (most Basic) Form

Alright, time to make it (somewhat) 3-d. Add the following lines so it looks like you're looking at it from the bottom.

Step 4: The Tip

Add the tip of the nose to your form. it should be a circle, but kind of squashed on the bottom. See picture two for more details

Step 5: The Septum

This is probably the second most complex part of the nose, but dont let what I'm typing fetter you.
Draw a shape similar to that in picture one at the base of your "nose" on the bottom of the smaller trapezoid. the top flat should run tangent to the circle.

Step 6: Wings? Noses Cant Fly!

Alright, now for the wings, you know, the part that covers the nostrils? You know what they are now. You learn something every day! Add another 3d trapezoid to the sides of your nose, next to the circle. I'm not great at explaining what they should look like, but the pictures sure are.

Step 7: Erase

All right, start erasing! first add the curvature of what you want your nose to look like. and then erase all the sharp edges and unnecessary lines in the middle. Also, make your septum lines (indicated below) curved inward. so it looks like it would on a human.

Step 8: Nostrils

Alright, add the nostrils. as glorious as you thought they once were, they're actually ugly little buggers. Annoying as they are to get to look right, there is no specific way to do them, everyone looks different, and has different nostrils. Kind of like a snowflake.

Step 9: Fat Nose?

You can thin out the wings, or widen the nostrils or do what ever you like. the nose is one of the most important part of the face, and can make or break the character you're drawing. all you need to do is add more or less curvature and erase what you don't want. Voila! Your nose know that this is a great one!

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18 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

I find blogs hard to follow, but I will try. I had learned some basic building blocks of the nose from a video tutorial - Hope it all turns out well when I actually try.


5 years ago on Step 9

I learned that a keystone placed at the top of the nose bridge is helpful for locating the eyes. The bottom sits on top the bridge. The corners of the top of the stone indicate the beginning of the brow. Each eye lies to either side of the keystone, with the skull cavity for the eye lying between the brow and bridge (the top and bottom lines of the keystone).

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Reply 5 years ago on Step 9

Also--did you know that the chin of a face corresponds to the nostrils of the nose? If you lay a straight edge along the face vertically, going thru the left nostril and the top left tip of the upper lip, the line will continue down at an angle to bisect the bottom of the face. Do the right side as well and the two lines will show the width of the chin. People with a long narrow nose generally have a thin chin and lip tips that are close together. A wide nose is just the opposite. Take some time looking at people to see these lines.


6 years ago

It's a nice instructable and all, though I must agree with the others that it's not very accurate. For a draft it would suffice, just to do it quickly, though.
I do have to say that I'm kind of puzzled by your attitude though. Is it necessary to become so defensive, or were you just having a bad day? Makes me kinda scared to comment.


8 years ago on Introduction

Hello! This instructable is great! But if i may add a little constructive critism i think that adding shading gives it a little more realism and more of a 3-d effect.


8 years ago on Introduction

it honestly doesnt take that much. and even when you do use that much, it doesnt turn out very elegantly if you know what i mean.

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I would personally Like to hear how you could best a tenth grade me, who hadn't taken any drawing classes. I now crank out portraits for $40 bucks.


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

oh your cool. :] jk

but seriously. you need to cool it a little. i havnt seen your other instructables so i wont say anything right now, but if thats your best then i think you should stop being so proud, and learn a little. look at a picture. thats not how a nose works. im sorry but it just isnt. im a freshman, no drawing classes, and i can draw a nose just as good, or most likely better. i havnt really tried drawing a nose alone before. i just dont really draw noses for fun. i mean maybe thats just me...

i tried being constructive, but thats apparently not how you roll.

i draw pretty close to as well as my sister, and she does portraits for 80+ bucks. im not being conceited. you asked.


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I could do portraits for 80+ but people don't buy them. But yes, I understand that's not really what a nose looks like, and yes it could be better, but I am lazy, and do not wish to make an update instructable.


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction


But I don't want to make you feel lame.
I don't care whether I'm worse
or better than you at drawing I just want
to help you out.

Keep drawing bro.

Great idea! It does not look as accurate but eh... yeah. This technique looks better. xD I'll make an instructable and show you I guess...?


9 years ago on Introduction

Very nice approach.  I never have doodled noses well.