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STEP 1. It is great to start out with this ladder-like guidelines. Try drawing these nose shapes within the ladder to practice creating or blocking in the nose before shading and softening your picture for completion. Notice the different types of noses displayed. You can try drawing some of your own too.   STEP 2. There are many different ways to start your sketching. Three different types of guidelines to start your drawing is offered in this tut. Try finding which one is the most comfortable to draw. (1) Start with the circles representing the tip of the nose and nostril areas. Sketch these in lightly. (2) Now draw in the profile of the nose.   STEP 3. PROFILE NOSES (3) As you can see the three different noses developing. The type of shading I am using is called crosshatching. In this step, start with sharp diagonal lines going in one direction with your pencil. I used a 0.7mm Fine leaded mechanical pencil. For the darker lines, I used my 9B graphite pencil. Notice how there is only subtle shading changes as it gets darker. Do not use hard outlines or else your drawing will look like a cartoon. (4) In this step, I crossed over with diagonal lines in the same direction with my fine lead. I used my 9B graphite pencil for the darker shaded areas (nostrils).   STEP 4. Lightly draw these guidelines with circle and curves. Follow them closely because they represent different viewpoints and noses.   STEP 5. Now add the lined drawing which includes the bridge of the nose, the tip, and the nostrils.   STEP 6. We are starting with the crosshatching. Make sure only the areas around the nostrils are outline. Notice how the bridge, tip, and nostril are shaping with the subtle shading only. If your white area is not shaping like the picture, take an eraser (kneaded) and make a circle of the shaped white space.   STEP 7. Now draw the diagonal lines in the opposite direction. Take your time to develop the darker areas.   STEP 8. Here I have the bone and cartilage areas that make the shape of your nose. Click on the picture for the names.   STEP 9. What makes your nose move and even wrinkle when you are angry, sad, or smell something unpleasant? Click on this picture to see the muscles in the face that involves the nose.   STEP 10. It's true when you're angry you use more muscles than smiling. For instance,your eyebrows are pushed down in the middle, and pulled up at the sides. Your nose is pushed up (wrinkles) as your brows furrow. Your nostrils get wider and are pulled up (nostrils flare). Your eye muscles are pulled together, making your eyes feel tense. Your upper lip is pulled up, showing your teeth (snarl). Your lip corners are pulled down, to illustrate your dislike. Your jaw muscles tense up, making your teeth clinch and grind. That gives the angry face a total of 7 major muscle groups used. Click on the picture for some angry expressions you can draw. Notice how the nose interacts.   STEP 11. For a happy face, your forehead relaxes, bringing your eyebrows up a little. Your eyes smile - the outer corners of your eyes begin to wrinkle as muscles push them together. Only when you really smile! Even your lips smile - your lip corners are pulled up, showing off your lovely smile! That gives the happy face a total of 3 major muscle groups used. Click on this picture for examples that you can draw. Take a look at how the nose appears in this action.   STEP 12. Here we are starting with the introduction picture. Draw the cross lines of the six noses. Take careful consideration of their placement.   STEP 13. With a No. 2 pencil, lightly draw in the nostrils and portions of the bridge of the noses. The six different nose types represent the viewing from above, below, and at the front.   STEP 14. Draw in lightly the nostril and other nose details. Watch closely where they appear at the guidelines.   STEP 15. I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.   STEP 16. This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!   STEP 17. The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.   STEP 18. PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.   STEP 19. The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop. After printing out a number of the template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.   STEP 20. This is where I start with the pastel application. If I were to do the whole picture in a pencil sketch,(sketching in small circles, lines or crosshatching to shade the areas, it would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied light to medium gray to the noses. The shaded areas I applied dark gray. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.   STEP 21. Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading the noses. Added more dark gray and blended pencil strokes to define the shaded areas better. I needed to whiten areas like the highlights on the noses and reflective lights near at the bottom of the nose and at the nostrils. I did this with a kneaded eraser.   STEP 22. Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the highlights and darkened shadowed areas.   STEP 23. Now, To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.   STEP 24. Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects realistic noses. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21. Step 22. Step 23. Step 24.