|I did this drawing in class, while discussing the structure of the nose.|
|This was one of several reference photos that I presented to my class.|
~The width of the nose compared to the length.
~Look for the ball on the end of the nose.
~Notice the nostrils are not circle shaped but more tear drop.
~Look for the bump most people have on the bridge of the nose where the bone ends and cartilage begins.
~The cast shadow will help describe the shape of the nose and the shape of the cheek so pay careful attention to it.
A fun video to watch is Proko.com's, How to Draw a Nose Step-By-Step.
I worked from my premixed flesh color palette. To see the post about mixing these color strings see my post, How to Draw and Paint Facial Features Part 2.
I transferred the drawing onto the toned panel, then I went over the drawing using a permanent sepia pen.
I then worked from dark to light and background to foreground.
I decided that the shadows were warm and the highlights were cool.
~Soften edges by painting adjacent wet areas in one sitting.
~Think of the planes of the nose. Moving from left to right they are: the cheek, left side of nose, top, right side of the nose, and cheek.
~Allow most of your brush strokes to move across the form rather along the form to better describe the dimensionality of the form.
~Use a warm dark color mixture on the nostrils avoiding blue. I like a combination burnt umber, permanent matter deep and transparent oxide orange.
If I wanted to refine it more I could keep working as long as the paint was wet. Then let it dry for a couple days and do a second pass.
Thanks for playing, see you next time when we take a lick at lips.