Theres a French proverb that says, A big nose never spoils a pretty face. To me, a badly drawn nose always spoils a pretty face. To make sure that doesnt happen to one of your portraits, heres one tip: Learn to draw the nose, as well as the other features of the face, separatelybefore you try to draw entire faces. A full face is too much to learn in one fell swoop. If you cant draw a part of the face well, you wont be able to draw the full face well either. So start small, and narrow your focus. And with a little practice, youll be able to draw noses with both likeness and lifelikeness.
Sandra Carpenter is a contributing editor to The Artist’s Magazine. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.