How to Draw a Nose on a Portrait

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The human nose can be one of the more complicated parts of the human body to draw. Learn how to draw a nose on a portrait with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm an artist, and today we're going to draw a nose on a portrait. So noses are historically a very hard thing to draw, however, I'm going to teach you a trick that my art teaching taught me when I was in art school and basically the head, believe it or not, they say the eyes are halfway down the head, halfway. It doesn't seem right but if you think about it it actually kind of works, right so we're going to draw our eyes here, halfway down. And then in between the bottom and the eyes your mouth is going to go about two thirds of the way down from there and then in between that halfway is where the nose goes. So when you're looking right straight on at somebody there are so many different kinds of noses, so many different kinds and it's hard to say how to draw a nose unless you know the person and you know the nose you're drawing but basically what you want to do is you want to put the sides of the nose that come down to show these little side parts here and they come around and connect in the front. That's pretty much all there is to it and then where you go from there is up to you. You can make it narrow and come out and then a wider front or you can make it wider with kind of a defined area like that or you know, put a little bit of a roundness on it. My nose, my nose is interesting. I spent a lot of time drawing my nose. My nose comes down, it's round and it has this kind of round part like that and you can usually see the nostrils pretty clear like so and if you ever want to practice drawing a nose a really great trick is to look in the mirror and draw your own nose. It's a very good trick and it will help you learn how to draw a nose on a portrait and as a matter of fact that is what we've been drawing here today, a nose on a portrait. Thanks for watching.

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