Now that we have finished the male eye, here’s another portrait drawing tutorial: the male nose. As before, my drawing technique varies to give me a chance to experiment on different methods. Although I merely applied a 4H wooden pencil for the first initial layer, I decided to give it a try. More on this in Step 2.
The materials I used are:
- 0.5 mm B (Staedtler), 2B (Dong-A) and HB (Faber-Castell) mechanical pencils
- 4H and H wooden pencils
- A brush
- A shop towel
- A kneaded eraser (when necessary)
Step 1: The outline was drawn on a piece of bond paper then transferred to an 11.5 × 12 cm (4.5″ × 4.75″) Canson paper by means of the graphite transfer method.
Step 2: Applied 4H wooden pencil for the initial layer. It is blended with the shop towel. This is to prevent the paper from being too rough when further layers of graphite are applied. Then, with a soft brush dipped in a bit of graphite powder, I covered it with two to three layers of the medium.
Step 3: Just to establish where the darks would go, especially the sides of the nose, I used the HB mechanical pencil and then I blended again with the towel.
Step 4: Now I really established the dark tones and shadows on the wings, sides, ball, and tip of the nose using 2B, B and HB mechanical pencils and H wooden pencil. In this stage, I blend only occasionally.
Step 5: The nostrils were rendered using the 2B mechanical. The shading below the nose was done using B and 2B mechanical pencils.
Step 6: I did the skin beside the nose by means of HB, B and 2B mechanical pencils. Here I blended a little.
Step 7: With the B and 2B mechanical pencils, I started going all over it again for the last time. So here it is — the male nose. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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