What would life be like if we didn’t have that great escape of something we all do! Today we will be talking about a site called the ModelTrainCommunity.com
The art of collecting trains:
When I first got into model train stuff I was about 12 years old. My grandfather bought me a Lionel Train full with all the bells and whistles so to speak. I know he meant for it to be just a fancy toy, one that would allow for both of us to spend great time working on. But to me it was something else. I was fascinated with the ability to build these little worlds. These worlds where you could craft detail, and control the outcome of how everything would look. My fascination grew as we added new aspects to the model. First it was landscaping, applying little trees and bushes to the entire layout. We even picked up some spray paint and went to town filling in spots to give things a more natural look. Next we upgrade our locomotive. He bought me one that allowed real steam to blow from the top!
Visiting Toy Train Shows:
What really propelled me into the model train world was the collector shows that came around every year. For a smal $5 fee, my grandfather and I would go and check out all the display booths. This was where all the veteran hobby members would craft unbelievable setups. Ones that would leave your jaw on the floor as you gazed upon the magnificent detail. This was where we would find the cool little scale toys – things like working carousels, and running water displays. Things that you wouldn’t dream up on your own!
Shopping for Toys:
One thing my grandfather got really good at was collecting and shopping for unique toys on a budget. Anytime he would come across a toy that would look good in our model train world, well he would scoop it up and wait for my consulation on where to place it in our model. Doing this we were able to build a whole entire world on a budget.
Antique Model Trains:
Sooner rather than later, our trains started getting a bit of age on them. Because we kept them in such good shape they were viewed as genuine antique collectors items. All of a sudden a hobby we had started ages ago was actually a worthwhile investment. That Lionel train set we had purchased was now worth a few pennies.
For anyone deciding on a good, potentially monetary yielding hobby, check out model trains. They are great for this sort of thing.
The Drawing Hobby
So you want to learn how to draw a nose? That’s awesome! Trouble is, where should you start? There are so many different methods to choose from, but which one is right for you? Is it the Andrew Loomis method, the Reilly Rhythms, the Vilppu Academy or Michael Hampton?
Let’s start by asking another question. Why do you want to learn how to draw a nose? Is it because you’re learning to draw human anatomy and want a detailed breakdown of every single part of the body? Or, do you simply want to be able to draw and paint portraits where everything is in proportion and looks like your subject?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees when learning about drawing noses or any other part of the human body. The main thing to remember here is not to dive in too deep to begin with. Don’t confuse yourself with super-technical books and tutorials if you’re new to drawing or painting. Keep it simple, practice your techniques every day and before you know it, you’ll be ready to move on to the more advanced stuff.
Let’s take a look at some different ways of learning how to draw a nose and see which method might work best for you.
1. How To Draw a Nose For Beginners
If you’re just starting out, one of the easiest ways to learn how to draw a nose is just to draw a series of three circles and an oval shape. Take a look at the pic below. You can see how the ball of the nose is the largest circle, while the flares either side are represented as two smaller circles. The bridge of the nose can be drawn as an oval shape.
This method is great for beginners because it helps you break the nose down into simple shapes. And, if you imagine these circles as 3D spheres, it’ll help when shading and rendering your drawing of a nose.
- Feeling More Advanced? How To Draw a Nose, Technical Style
If you’re feeling more confident, you can try a more technical approach to drawing the nose. Whether you look at Andrew Loomis, the Reilly Method, Michael Hampton or any of our tutorials on the subject, you’ll see how drawing a nose can be broken down into more or less the same simple formula. When drawing a front view, this formula involves seeing the nose as three separate planes – the bridge and the two areas of lateral cartilage either side.
No matter which angle you draw the nose from, it basically resembles a box. However, if drawing a nose from beneath, you’ll need to consider adding an additional plane where the flares and septum (the bottom of your nose) meet the philtrum (the small indentation just beneath your nose) and the dental curve of your top lip. Here’s how this looks when you apply it to a photo:
- Adding Realism When Drawing a Nose
Now, we know what you’re thinking. How can you take this box shape and make it more realistic so your nose drawings don’t end up looking like robots? The answer lies in using this formula as your framework and then building on it and adding form. Here’s how Sycra Yasin does it in one of his tutorials for Pencil Kings:
See how this follows the same basic formula but has a much more human feel? It’s all about taking those flat planes and fleshing them out with curves and extra details. See how the nostrils curve towards the septum but that there’s a small gap between?
A great way to learn how to draw a nose is to look in a mirror. Try drawing your nose from different angles and get to understand its form. Experiment by moving your light source around so you can see how to apply shadows and highlights. Everyone has different nose shapes, but you’ll find the box formula is a really good basis in each case.
Finally, think about how the soft cartilage in the nose changes shape when drawing different expressions. See how this pic of two girls pulling funny faces gives you a whole heap of other things to consider when learning how to draw a nose? Not only do their noses appear shorter, there are now wrinkles where they’ve crinkled their noses up.
Whichever method you choose, have fun learning how to draw a nose and don’t forget to keep looking around you and practicing. Keep your sketchbook to hand and keep experimenting. Why not upload your sketches to the Community Page at Pencil Kings? Not only is this members-only community a great place to meet fellow artists, you can also get support and advice from our team.
How did you learn how to draw a nose? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop us a line in the box below!