How to paint a nose and here I am painting the nose in a three quarter view, that is half way between a profile and straight on view. The features are painted on an already pinkish coloured background which serves as a middle tone. We start off by painting in the slight diagonal line at the side of the nose and the rounded shape at the bottom of it with burnt umber and a slight touch of titanium white.
With a mixture of cadmium red, yellow ochre and a slight touch of ultramarine blue I start with the darker tones. Observing the forms of the nose especially down the right side where the bony protuberance are.
Here the darker tones and the pinkish middle tones are blended in with a
tone in between these colours and are blended with the paint rather than
blending with a brush. A blending brush is a fan shaped sable brush which
blends the paint together and which I don't use because I feel it blends too
much and your painting ends up looking really smooth like a photograph, so I
prefer to blend by just using paint.
More tones are added to the right side of the nose and a bluish highlight is added down the middle of the nose, an highlight of almost pure titanium white is painted in to the bulbous end of the nose.
The finished nose and the tinted pinkish background serves as the middle
tones here and which shows through here and there.