I legit cry whenever I see your artwork because it is j us t s o goo d?!??!! Especially your faces and their variety. And ohgod the NOSES. YES. Why does no one embrace robust noses? I get so sad, though, because however I try(and I do try), I can never get them to look right, and not completely abominable. So I ask you this: How do you nose, Zeekappa? How do you nose?
Ahhh thank you so much anon! what a sweet message ahaha flattery will get you everywhere.
So, drawing noses, right. I dunno about how it is meant to be done, but you start off drawing a triangle, then you draw in the crease of the bridge, the placement of the tip and the holes and nostrils, like so:
Of course that is like, the most basic nose there is up there. Its a very straight, long nose with very little defined features to it.
The most basic way of remedying that is by changing the size and shape of the triangle. A less tall triangle will make for a shorter nose, a wider one for a wider nose, putting the tip closer or further away from the basic lines can create a flatter or pointier nose.
But beyond that, there are five points of the nose you oughtta keep in mind if you want to personalise and swap around your noses.
The red part, the crease, can vary in depth and width depending on the person.
The bridge can be thinner, wider, rounder, deeper; it can look like a hill between the tip and the crease, or like a slope, or run straight as an arrow. Because the bone in the nose is what shapes the bridge, breakage and so forth can malform the area, usually creating a more shapely knob there. The bridge tends to be smoother for children than for adults.
The tip of the nose can be a big round thing or a tiny, almost square point in the middle of your face. While you can usually draw it out by drawing a circle where you want it to be in your sketch, the tip of the nose is the most varying in height, size, shape and depth of all parts of the nose. Just look up some reference photos and try figuring out what kind of tip the people in them’s noses have!
The nostrils are not my strong suit, I confess. They can be high up, low down, wide, defined, smooth, look like they’re almost not there or take over the whole nose. Mostly, they influence how much you see of the holes of the nose, and their general shape.
The septum is the bottom end of the cartilage in your nose, and usually sticks out a little between the nose holes. It doesn’t bring a whole lot of changes with it, but not drawing it in would be very awkward.
So here’s some pictures of me messing around with different shapes and combinations, for the sake of variation. Can you see the differences brought in by mixing and mashing around with the sizes of various parts?
I am not really sure what else to say so lastly I am just gonna drop in a caution to not like, make ‘varied noses’ into a racial thing. Like, a black woman can have a totally straight nose, and an asian girl can have a big piggy nose. It’s ok to draw on some stereotypes but like, don’t count solely on stereotypes to convey race or gender because any person from any size, gender or nationality can have any kind of nose.
I hope that helps?