We draw a nose in Photoshop

Many people think that drawing a nose is rather difficult, but in reality it’s very simple: it’s just a conical shape with two holes!

Well, it is possible to draw a nose, it is not so easy, however, today I will show you how to do it. So let’s get started!

Final result

1. Create the base for the nose.

Let’s start with a standard nose, next, I will give tips on how to properly draw a nose.

Step 1

The nose has a trapezoidal shape with three protuberances at the tip: the large one is located in the center and two smaller ones on the sides. Everything is very simple!

Step 2

Create a new document, set the background color to white #ffffff.

Next, set the foreground color to black # 000000. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), set a small hard round brush.

Using the image from the previous step as the source, draw a basic outline of the nose. Remember to add two nostril openings:

2. Shapes and types of nose

Noses come in various shapes and sizes. There are many combinations and variations for each structure of the nose, therefore, it can be said with confidence that every nose on Earth is unique.

However, you can reduce their number to several standard shapes and sizes, based on genetic heritage.

As artists, we must remember that noses also reflect our personality. For example, noses with a big full tip, as a rule, express friendliness and cheerfulness, while crooked and thin noses are associated with witches!

3. Noses at different angles

Of course, when the head is tilted, the viewing angle of the nose changes. Below are some examples:

4. Draw the Basis

Let’s go back to our outline that we created earlier.

Name the sketch layer …. “Sketch”. Very original title, isn’t it?

Create a new layer. Place this layer below the “Sketch” layer. Name this layer “Basic Coloring”.

Set the foreground color to # d59077 and using a hard round brush, paint over the base of the nose with the selected shade:

5. Add shading to the base.

Step one

Set the foreground color to # f5bd98. Choose a hard round brush, turn on the option Opacity swings (Opacity Jitter), select the option Pen pressure (Pen Pressure). Start to paint from the upper point of the nose, then go down, add light highlights to the tip of the nose in a more circular shape. Repeat the same for the “wings” of the nose (where the nostrils are located).

Step 2

Next, set the foreground color to # fee0d6 and with a brush, draw a smaller version of the previous step:

Step 3

Next, set the foreground color to # 76352b and with a brush, paint over the lower part of the nose, as well as along the edges:

Step four

Next, use the Smudge brush, this brush can be downloaded from the link in this lesson (or use the chalk brush) to slightly match the colors, as shown in the screenshot below:

6. We draw nostrils

Step 1

Next, set the foreground color to # 2f1512, and also reduce the brush size to 5–6 px, draw a base for the nostrils:

Step 2

Choose a brown color with a lighter tone, for example. # 8a4538 as foreground color. Carefully paint the lower crocodile nostrils. This will emphasize the dark shade in the nostrils:

Step 3

Next, select an even lighter tone # f0b48a, reduce the brush size to 2 or 3 px. Paint over the upper edges of the nostrils. Next, increase the size of the brush to 5 or 6 px and with a brush, paint over the lower part of the “wings” as well as the lower part of the nose tip:

7. Finishing the nose coloring

Step 1

Next, set the foreground color to # ce8469. Select round brush again with Toughness (hardness) 50%. Start coloring the upper half of the nose, combining the colors between the edges and the middle and creating a uniform color tone. Do not be afraid to use the tool Pipette (Eyedropper Tool (I) for sampling color if necessary!

Step 2

Repeat the process for the bottom of the nose. Choose a dark brown tint # 6a2b22. Paint over the bottom of the nose as well as the tip of the nose to add a 3D view:

8. Add skin texture

Step one

Next, select the “Skin Texture” brush (Translator Note: brush The texture of the skin is attached in the annex to the lesson). Set the foreground color to # b45d48. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Brush your nose to add a light, dark texture that resembles freckles. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) layer at its discretion.

Step 2

Next, create a new layer, change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen). Add lighter pores to the skin using the same brush.

To do this, set the foreground color to # fdd5b9 and also paint the nose with a brush. Again, decrease the value Fillings (Fill) layer as needed to create a realistic effect:

9. Add features: a mole

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Name this layer “Mole”.

Next, set the foreground color to # 390c0c. Choose a hard round brush. Draw a small round spot on the nose wherever you like. It is not necessary to make the edges of the mole too hard – wash them a little with existing skin.

Step 2

Next, select a tone brighter. # 7e3e2e. Draw a small highlight on the mole.

Next, set the brush color to a dark reddish brown shade, for example, # 1a0505. Paint the area opposite the light source to create a shadow from the mole on the skin. The shadow should not be too big and too dark – this is just a mole, not a wart.

10. Retouch the skin around the nose.

Step one

Create a new layer below the nose layer. Name this layer “Skin”.

Let’s quickly draw the skin to show the entire nose area. So, set the foreground color to # d79280 and with a brush, paint over the area behind the nose:

Step 2

Next, set the foreground color to # 72271b. Paint the sides as well as the bottom. At the bottom, draw the shape of an inverted “U” shadow for the folds between the nose and lips:

Step 3

Set a brighter tone to # f7be98. Strengthen the folds between the nose and lips on the left and right side of the cheeks. Using tool Pipette (Eyedropper Tool (I), select hue samples to create a soft texture:

Step four

Select the “Skin Texture” brushSkin texture), next, set the foreground color to # 94361e, and the background color to # f6c09b. Create a new layer. Using the selected brush, start creating a skin texture. Constantly press the “X” key to switch the foreground and background color and create a more realistic effect:

11. Add ambient light and light source.

Step one

Of course, the light can come in different directions. Here are some examples:

Step 2

Let’s recreate one of them.

At first, duplicate all the layers with the nose. Next, create a merged layer from duplicate layers. Name the new layer “Combined Nose”.

So, create a new layer, place it on top of the layer with the combined nose. Right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask). Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) layer up to about 40%.

Next, set the foreground color to # bb8a41. Choose a soft round brush. Brush up to about the middle of the nose:

Step 3

Create a new layer. Once again, right click on the layer to Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask) to the combined layer with the nose. Next, set the foreground color to # 42120c. Now paint over the other side of the nose with a brush. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply), and decrease the value Fillings (Fill) and Opacity (Opacity) layer up to about 70%.

Step four

Finally, set the foreground color to a beautiful hue # ffa800. Create a new layer, also convert this layer to a clipping mask in the same way as the previous two layers. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) to about 50%.

Next, using a soft round brush of small diameter, paint over the area of ​​the piercing, adding a light reflection that reflects the light:

Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Final result

Download the archive with materials for the lesson

Author: Alice Catrinel Ciobotaru

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