Day 2 // How to Draw Noses

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Today we learn all about noses! Noses can be a tricky thing to draw as most of the shape and definition comes from shadows. 

In this tutorial we’ll break the nose down into basic elements and then use those to draw noses in many ways and many angles.

Range of detail

Minimal Depiction

The least amount of information you need to communicate the subject matter. 

Photo Reference

To draw something include all possible elements and details - in a photo-realistic way.

Basic Elements









Noses come in many shapes and sizes!

What other details can you observe?


Draw at least 30 different noses. Try to fill up an entire page with eyes. Look at noses all around you! Observe them from many angles. Experiment with all the many shapes and sizes that a nose could be. 


Keep researching, observing and learning! I’ve made a Pinterest board full of additional resources to help you continue your nose-drawing journey.

This lesson is a part of a month-long series that will get you you familiar with the basics of drawing humans, and help you develop your own people-drawing style. To learn more, check out the People Skills Intro, or continue on to the next lesson below.