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5.2 Ink the Nose

With the mouth done, it’s time to move on to the nose. I’ll show you how to avoid the dreaded ‘pig nostrils’ and discuss the areas you want to keep light and others you want to keep dark to give the appearance of the cartilage in the nose. Remember that the nostrils are generally smaller than you think, and it’s really important to look at the reference photo carefully for the values.

5.2 Ink the Nose

In this lesson, we're gonna move on and work on the nose. So like before, I'm just gonna show you a few tips of things to keep in mind as you ink in your nose on your final piece. And I'm sure what you're all fearful of is the dreaded pig nostrils, so I promise if you follow these tips you won't have any trouble with that. So a few key points to remember when you're inking in the nose, is to have a slightly darker area right here above the outside little ridge there. You're also gonna wanna make sure you keep a highlight above the nostril. A shadow in this case to the left where my nose starts to go under. And then when it comes to the nostril, it's actually much smaller than you might originally think because of the way that the nose actually curves around and in. So, your shadow's starting small, and then you can grow to meet the but, it's actually lighter under here. It's not the whole thing. If you were to draw the whole thing then you'll get much too large of a nostril, and it'll look like the dreaded pig nose. So let's just keep those things in mind, and I'll talk you through it as well as we move on now and start to actually ink the piece. We'll do it the same as the lips, where it's a bit more intuitive, really watching the values on the portrait. So looking at the portrait we're gonna start light and work our way dark. So even though it looks pretty light on the nose I'm gonna fill in a little bit of a value one, our value two as I go down here. You can see that there's some shadow right on the top of my nose, goes down. And then also right above that ridge like I mentioned in the intro here, go in like that, and your nose has a ridge here that connects so we'll put that in having a little bit more shadow. So as you can see here it's actually lighter on my cheek than it is on the edge of my nose. So we're gonna draw in one of those spaced, dotted lines there, and then go in and start to add the shadow on that left side of the nose that we need to really push its shape. Wanna make sure that we don't get too close to the nostril, needs to stay light there. We wanna keep this highlight right here. We're gonna go in and start to fill in the nostril and then I'm gonna go around that shape with very close dotted line. And then we're gonna out. Do the shadow on the right side of the nose. You can see it gets quite dark down here where the shadows are. Right where it meets my cheek again. And I'm just gonna carefully start to put in dots under the nostril. And don't worry if you go too dark at this point, because we're really gonna start to push the value as we start to blend. So even if it looks dark now, it's gonna look much lighter later. So once you have it all inked in and you feel comfortable with where it is, we're gonna move on and work on the eyes next.

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