Using your chamy towel you will blend graphite over most of the nose. This will smoothly blend the pencil. If you don’t know what a chamy towel is, they are the ones that you use to dry your car. They are incredible at blending smoothly over large areas. Now using the stylus we will indent the hair under and around the nose. If you don’t know what i’m talking about here you can read the tutorial that explains this technique here. The image on the left it shows the flow that hair has under a dog’s nose. This is the flow that we will be adding to our drawing with the stylus. If the indentations are random it will make the hair much natural looking. Overlap them and switch between long and short hair. I used the image above as reference for the hair. Just try to follow that flow for this drawing. Once you have indented the hair, run your progresso pencil over the lines that are to the right of the nose. The left side is will be hit by the light source. Light will be reflecting off this side so the hair so it will be mostly white. Running the pencil over the right side will reveal the indented lines. The image on the left shows a close up of the hair that is under the nose and you can see on the left side the hair that is being hit by the light. On this step you will also add the break that runs between the right and left nostril. These are like wrinkles that you have on your skin. These will serve as a guide for highlights that we will be adding later to give the drawing a bit more realism.
We will now start to add texture to the nose. This type of texture is what gives it realism and its not that difficult to add it. Its all about using the pencil correctly. Let me show you something. Take your progresso pencil and barely run it over a separate sheet of paper. You will notice that it does not cover the paper completely because the paper is not completely smooth. This is a great way to start building texture. The image on the left shows what im talking about. Running the pencil lightly over the paper will give this rough effect. Now if you were to darken the dark areas and connect some areas with others. The image on the right shows what you can work up to just by lightly tapping your mechanical pencil over some areas. The image on the right is the same image on the left, except that i darkened some some ares that were left by the paper texture. You can see how you can build texture this way. The bottom area of the nose was created using this method. If you want the whole area to be darker, just blend the pencil with the color blender. By doing this you will darken the white areas. If after doing this you notice that the dark areas are not visible no more or are blended, just tap around those areas that you want dark with your mechanical pencil. Make sure that when you are tapping you are also blending into the surround area. How do you blend with tapping? well you just tap less on the areas that you want to blend. The closer together you tap the darker the area will look. This same texture was added on the left nostril.
Now the top of area of the nose was made by tapping with the kneaded eraser. Just make a pointy stub on the kneaded eraser and tap around, this will remove pencil off paper and it will leave those round highlights. Look at the reference image to see what we are trying to accomplish.
On this step we will outline the spots that we made on the previous step. Remember that the right side will be darker because the light source is coming from the left side. To darken the spots just run over the area with your 2h pencil, this will evenly darken the lights and the darks. You can make as many of these spots as you like, and outline them. Don’t make the outline too dark or they will be too obvious. So basically keep tapping with kneaded eraser and outline. Once you get the hang of this technique you will see the potential that it has and that it can be used for other textures.
From here on we will keep darkening the areas that have shadow, mostly the right side. Run 2h pencil over the areas that you want to darken, this will evenly cover those areas. If you want to add more texture you can use your progresso and lightly run over these areas. This will not only darken them but will also add texture. We will also begin to blend the hair below using the color blender. The technique here is to blend and run progresso pencil over. Keep repeating this until the hair is dark enough and you can still see the hair shadows. You can use the kneaded eraser to add highlights, a better explanation can be found on this tutorial “Drawing Realistic Hair“
We will keep layering the pencil until we reach the darkness that we want. If it gets too dark just use your kneaded eraser to remove some pencil from paper and add the texture again. The groove that is running between the two nostrils can be given a three dimensional look just by highlighting down one side of it. If you make it too light, don’t worry about it, lightly run some pencil over it to darken it a bit. With your 2h pencil run over the hair on the left side to give the effect of hair being hit by light which causes light shadows. This whole technique is about layering, slowly building the texture not only gives you better results but it gives you more control of the whole drawing. Play around with this pencil technique by removing and adding. You will notice that getting great results is all about being creative. Like i’ve mentioned before, my goal is to give the illusion of what im drawing, but you can’t do that without first understanding what you want to draw. Look at the reference photo and understand how each part of the picture is put together and with the techniques that you have just learned try to replicate them. With time you will be able to put down these effects without the need of reference. Your first drawings will not be your best but slowly you will notice the improvement. If you have any questions or if there is something you don’t understand, please contact me or leave a comment.
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