7 steps to draw noses from the 3/4 view

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:


Step 1: Draw a 3D shape with trapezoid base

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: Add circles to the base

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: Draw the upper nose bridge

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: Draw the nose’s tip and bridge

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: Outline the nostril wing

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


Step 6: Draw the nostril

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: Prepare for shading

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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More nose drawing tutorials:

Drawing noses from the side

Drawing noses from the front

12 thoughts on “7 steps to draw noses from the 3/4 view”

  1. can help you create paper

    Your Lessons are amazing , it’s good that it is freely available. Step-by-step instructions and sketches will help everyone who wants it to learn. You are smart and master of your craft.

  2. Wow these lessons are excellent! I used to draw up until my 20’s but then I stopped..now I’m 50 and suddenly I have a strong urge to start all over again “as a grown up” :) I enrolled in the New Master’s Academy and found I wanted some more ear practice and that’s how I found your site. There is a certain perspective that I would love to see your approach with…it is a view of the head where you are looking upward from way below so you see a large part of the bottom plane of the nose and everything is compressed because of the angle..maybe I can send you a picture to show you what I mean? Thank you for having such great art lessons here!!!

    1. Darlene Nguyen

      That’s awesome! I’m happy to have you on board :)
      Can send me some example pictures at rapidfireart (at) outlook.com ?

  3. Dear Ms. Nguyen,
    If you have put a book together of all your tutorials, please let me know and I would immediately purchase one! Thanks for all this.
    Dardis McNamee

    1. Hi Dardis, I’m working on one this year and will keep you up to date via email about the release. Thank you for your support!

  4. Amazing step-by-step guidelines! They make even first attempts feel achievable. Any hints on basic shading for the 3/4 view?

    1. Thanks Lola :)
      One tip for shading in the 3/4 view is to really pay attention to your outlines. If outlines are the only way you can define one part of the face from another, you’ll need to add more shading until there’s no longer any need for the strong outline. I hope that wasnt too confusing :P

      Is there anything you struggle with in particular?

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