I once told a friend, "if you catch me staring at your husband, I'm not checking him out. I'm checking his nose out." I'm quite a fan of noses because of all the features of a person's face, it's the most distinguishable! My fixation with noses probably started when I was a kid and I heard this Filipino folk song about Filipino noses (yes this song is real). The obsession didn't start out positive like it now is. Apparently filipinos have this preoccupation with the idea that western noses were more flattering than our flat noses (I'll save my rant on beauty standards for another day). For real though, my mom would constantly pinch my nose to make it pointy. It hurt so bad! She says that that's what she did to make her nose come to a point, but I later figured that she probably got her nose from her Spanish ancestors.
In my head drawing class at uni, noses were always the first thing I would draw. This resulted in all the other features to not be proportioned to the nose. All the angles and the slopes; it was so fun to draw! My professor said I have a ski slope nose and that those were his favorite noses. My nose had never been complimented until that moment (no thanks to my mom). My favorite noses are the ones with a bump on the bridge. My sister-in-law has a little bump in her nose. She's not a fan of her it, but I think her nose is lovely! Anyway...
Creating this illustration reminded me how much I loved drawing profiles and how they were my most successful head studies in class (it's probably because I didn't have to worry about symmetry). I definitely need to paint more profiles! Also, I can't help but think that if my head drawing professor saw my work now, he'd be super proud of my progress. Maybe, but not likely. He alway did make corrections on my work. Anyway, here's to noses of all shapes and sizes!