How to Draw a Nose

How to Draw the Nose

The Nose

One of the most important features of the face. The nose seems like a simple lump on the face it is often overlooked. The nose is made of many subtle plane changes and structures. Let’s explore the drawing of this wonderful feature of the face.

Step 1 -Breaking Down the Nose into Simple Shapes

We will use simple shapes to represent the anatomy of the nose. The nose in the simplest terms is made up of the Glabella, Bridge, Ball of the Nose, and Wing of the Nose. Below shows the basic anatomy of the nose.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects of Shapes
We will use the trapezoid, rectangle, circle, a “c” shape and a comma shape. We will use these to construct the nose.

Step 2 – Establishing the Major Parts of the Nose

We will start with a center line. Then we will stack the trapezoid, rectangle, circle and another trapezoid. These represent the Glabella, Bridge of the Nose, Ball of the Nose, and Septum.

Step 3 – The Ball of the Nose is a Rounded Cone

As you observe the nose from the front, you will perceive the ball of the nose as a circle. If you look more closely you will  see another circle as well. That is because the ball of the nose is a rounded cone. That is why from the front it looks like a circle within a circle.

Step 4 – Putting in the Nostrils and Wings of the Nose

The nostrils are sometimes drawn as a circles, but this will give your nose a porky pig look. The nostrils are actually closer to “comma” shapes than circles. We will add two commas to either side of the septum and add our “c” shapes to finish drawing the nose.

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This entry was posted in Drawing Tips, Portrait Drawing.


  1. Yasir aamir May 20, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks admin for such a great information and such a great tutorial.

  2. Carla McLean August 13, 2021 at 10:03 am #

    Hello just wondering how long the nose should be compared to the width.
    Regards Carla McLean

    • Kevin McCain August 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm #

      Hello Carla,
      I appreciate your comment. The nose fits into a 2 1/2 to 1 rectangle. Everyone is slightly different though so keep that in mind.

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