How to Draw A Nose

How to Draw A Nose

3 Key Tips on How to Draw a Nose Made Easy

Learning how to draw a nose can seem a little daunting at first. The key tip when drawing ANY of the features of the face is Keep it Simple!


Less is always more when drawing the nose as well as when drawing mouths, but that’s another lesson. What you want to do is draw the nose with lines that suggest the shape but don’t create hard outlines. There are many different ways to draw a nose, sure, but if you’re looking to draw a realistic one, keep your lines light and deliberate. If you want to draw cartoon noses, hard outlines work very well, but you should still keep them simple.

There are three sections you can divide the nose into


The Top

The Middle

The Tip



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nosetearexamplesimpleThe part just by the eye sockets is where the brow begins to slope down into the nose. This area looks like two parentheses or commas facing away from each other. Of any of the lines of the nose, these will mostly likely be the darkest as they will suggest the depth of the eye sockets.

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This part of the nose is made up mostly of cartilage and doesn't really have any sharp slopes toward the face. This is why the lines aren't very dark.

Tip: Just remember that the sharper the slope or angle, the darker and more defined the line should be.

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You'll quickly notice that the nostrils aren't just two circles; instead, they are more shaped like a sunflower seed or almond. The nostrils really are dependent on the shape of the end of the nose. A fat nose may have wider nostrils, while a thin nose may have long skinny nostrils. It may take some practice and observation before you become proficient at this part of the nose. [/text] [/tab_data]


Really, once you start looking at and studying all the features of the face, they all start to look a little weird. It’s very easy to start drawing every line you see; that’s why it’s important to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Tip: A very simple technique to use when trying to simplify what you see is to squint as you look at your subject. This takes out or blurs the detail and subtleties so you can see more general shapes and colors.
Learning how to draw a nose does take some time to get just right. There are plenty of books and magazines with plenty of faces to practice with. Once you get the proportions of the face down and learn how the different features fit together, then you can really start to have fun and experiment. Your confidence level will grow exponentially, allowing you to experiment more and push your skills even further.

Since it does help to have a quality visual reference to look at when learning to draw, especially when learning how to draw a nose, I have created a downloadable reference file for you to use. It has all the different angles of the nose as well as some examples drawn using a few of the reference photos. Get it here and start digging in!