How to Draw a Nose From the 3/4 View


This tutorial is a little different than the usual. Each step has 3 options for you to draw from: They are all noses in the 3/4 view, but the first one is level to the eye, the second one is a view from above looking down and the last is from below looking up.

To help you learn faster, please draw only one each time you follow the tutorial, not all three at the same time.

Materials I used for this tutorial:

how to draw a nose from the 3/4 view

Step 1

3/4 noseDecide on the angle you want to draw the nose. The slope of your 3D shape determines the height of the nose (how far it comes out of the face) and the width will determine the width of the nose.

Draw your outlines as light as possible using an HB pencil. I’m drawing them quite dark so you can see everything clearly.

Step 2

step-2-drawing-a-3_4-noseDraw two circles that are touching the far corners of this 3D shape (draw an extra circle for the third example. The circles should stick out of the bottom halfway.


Step 3

step-3-3_4-noseUsing a softer pencil such as a 2B, draw a curve at the top of the 3D shape to define the nose bridge and beginning of the brow bone. For a strong brow, exaggerate this curve more.

Step 4

drawing a 3/4 nose

Draw the nose’s tip by following the shape of the main circle.

drawing a three quarter nose

Wrap your line up towards the bridge of the nose and give the tip a unique shape.


Connect that line to the top. It’s boring to follow the 3D shape exactly, so add some bumps and such to make the nose look more interesting.

Step 5

Draw a curve along the remaining circle(s) to make the nostril wing(s).


Step 6

drawing a nose from the 3/4 viewNot sure how big to draw the nostril? Use the circles and the base of the 3D shape as a general boundary.

I didn’t draw a nostril for the second nose because the nostril isn’t visible from this particular angle for this particular nose.


Step 7

3/4 nose drawing tutorial

In preparation for shading, draw a curvy line along the other side of the bridge that mirrors the bridge shape you’ve already defined from step 4.


three quarter nose

Lighten or completely erase any unneeded guidelines.

If your shading is very light or you’re afraid of any outlines showing through, use my shadow lining method.


After you’re comfortable with drawing a few noses, try skewing the 3D shape or experimenting with different circle sizes like the examples below:


how to draw uniquely shaped noses in 3/4 view


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Darlene created RFA In 2013 with the goal of sharing simple yet detailed drawing tutorials with other artists on the world wide web. She is a self taught pencil portrait artist and Youtuber.