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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Nose tricks

If you identify the shape of the nose highlight, find where the nose picks up the most light and “read” the nose as a series of lights and darks, you will have correctly shaded the nose... up to a point. There are a few tricks to make your nose look more realistic. Many of these tricks involve not drawing the photograph exactly as you see it but adding or subtracting details. The tricks are:

• Seek reflected light.

• Watch the level of nostril darkness.

• Avoid lines.

• Ask yourself questions.

• Link to other features.

Now, look at the man’s face again and see if you can you use these tricks to help you make the nose look more realistic.

Seek reflected light

In chapter five, I reviewed the technique for making something round—I ...

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