How to Draw a Nose |01|Nose Structure


First, take a look at how to draw a nose from the front, side and three quarter views. In this lesson you’ll be going into these as well as how to draw the nose from the bottom view. This will help you to understand the nose as a three dimensional object so that you can better draw it from any angle.


Drawing the Basic Angle of the Nose

To keep things simple, just think of the nose as a series of flat planes as viewed from the different angles. When you are first learning to draw anything it’s a good idea to try and break the object down to its most simple forms and then start to add detail into these simplified shapes.

In this image you can see the bridge of the nose, as well as the septum. The bridge is the part that sticks out from your face, and the septum is the piece of skin attaching the furthest part of your nose back onto your face just above your mouth.

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Drawing the Ball of the Nose

The next detail to add is the ball of the nose. This is simply drawn with a circle, but it’s important to remember that even though you are drawing a circle shape, what it is actually representing is a sphere with depth and dimension.


Drawing the Nostrils and Flares

Understanding and drawing the nostrils is where learning how to draw a nose can become a bit tricky. It’s important to remember to leave a space between the nostril and the flare like is shown clearly in the front view image above. In addition to this your nostrils should extend towards the ball of the nose in the middle, and should have a little space between them and the septum.

As you continue to understand the structure of the nose and how it fits on the face, keep in mind the roundness of the mouth, as this needs to be taken into account when you are beginning to understand how to draw a nose.


Attaching the Nose to the Face

At the top of the nose the underlying structure changes from cartilage to bone. If you feel your nose and lightly move it around with your finger you can feel the difference between the bendable cartilage along the bridge of the nose and the hard bone at the top.

This hard part of bone from the skull at the top of the nose extends vertically before again extending outward for the brow bone above the nose.

Understanding the Surface Direction of the Nose

This image shows how the surface lines of the nose travel. As the surface lines move from the side of the nose into the cheek they smooth out and because of this it’s not necessary to draw any hard line separating the nose from the cheek.

Understanding the surface direction of the sides of the nose will also greatly help you when you want to begin adding more detail to your drawing with lighting and shadow.



Defining the Eye Socket and the Bridge of the Nose

Some lines that you can add in to your nose are the lines along the inner edge of the eye socket, and some light lines to indicate the line along the bridge of the nose as it transitions to the side of the nose.

Use light, diagonal strokes to indicate the line along the bridge of the nose to give it a soft effect.

How to Draw a Nose – Remember the Key Elements

The last step in this lesson on learning how to draw a nose is to go back and take a second to remember the basic parts of every nose that you will ever see or want to draw. Understanding these key elements is the secret to understanding the nose and being able to spot the differences between noses.

  • The Bridge
  • The Septum
  • The Ball
  • The Nostrils

In the next lesson in this series about how to draw a nose you’re going to explore drawing different styles of nose. With the basic building blocks of the nose that you learned how to draw in this lesson you’ll be able to draw endless variations of noses.

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  • McKenzie says:

    Thanks for making this but please make it less complicated!

  • This was helpful I’m a student at The University of pan-american at Texas, and I am getting a bachelors in communications with a minor in art. I always had a hard time drawing the nose and this kind of sum it up.

    • Chris at PencilKings says:

      Hi Pedro and thanks so much for your feedback. I’m really glad to hear this video course helped you out and wish you all the best with your studies. Have you checked out our community site or our #Team PK Facebook group yet? They’re great places to share your work, ask questions, or just meet fellow artists :-)

  • Vicki tefteller says:

    Hey thank you awesome tutorial. I shared it with some friends!

    • Chris at PencilKings says:

      Hey Vicki and thanks for getting in touch! So glad to hear you and your friends enjoyed this tutorial – stay tuned for plenty more :-)

  • Emily says:

    Loved it so awsome extremely helpful

    • Chris at PencilKings says:

      Hey Emily, thanks so much for your feedback – we really appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed this course – stay tuned for plenty more art goodness :-)

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  • Arlene McGinness says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m working on getting better at drawing noses and this is a helpful tutorial. Can you please tell me when the next part (drawing different styles of nose) will be posted? Thanks :)

  • Jon Woodhead says:

    I am not an artist, but have to draw some cartoonish noses as placeholders for an app I am developing. My efforts so far have been pathetic. This tutorial has given a good idea on how to make it all more convincing (at least until a proper artist replaces my efforts)

    • Chris at PencilKings says:

      Hey Jon, thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m really glad this tutorial has helped you draw better noses, but stop putting yourself down so much! Every artist’s first efforts could be described as ‘pathetic’ – it’s only through observation & practice that people get better! Therefore, just keep drawing in your spare time and have fun. Don’t worry about making mistakes or what the end result will look like. Before you know it, you’ll start to see real improvements as everything falls into place. Good luck :-)

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