The Nose

The nose is rather difficult to represent as it sticks out of the face and therefore its appearance varies depending on the viewpoint. Its pyramid-like shape is partly due to two small, close together bones and partly to cartilages, and this can be seen clearly on its dorsum. Observe the sketches shown on these two pages and practise drawing the nose in various positions, referring to photographs if it makes it easier to understand its structure. Notice that the dorsum moves away from the bridge to reach maximum projection at the tip and its sides slope towards the cheeks. The triangular base hosts the nostrils, oval-shaped and slightly converging towards the tip, and delimited by the alae of the nose. Try to work out the most important areas of light and shadow (the maximum amount of light is usually on the dorsum and the tip, while the most intense shadow is at the base, near the nostrils) and indicate just those, to avoid making the drawing too 'heavy'.

ALAR (jROOVE

NASOLABIAL FURROW

Figure Nose DrawingDrawing Face Tilts

BRIDQE

DORSUM APEX or TIP

NOSTRIL SEPTUM

ALAR (jROOVE

NASOLABIAL FURROW

BRIDQE

DORSUM APEX or TIP

NOSTRIL SEPTUM

CARTILAGES

Cartilages Human Nose

CARTILAGES

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