How can I de­pict the same char­ac­ter at dif­fer­ent ages?

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Jacinda Hind, US

Ilya replies

The most dif­fi­cult as­pect of this chal­lenge is achiev­ing a bal­ance be­tween char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion and vis­i­ble agere­lated changes. In other words, the char­ac­ter’s ap­pear­ance has to al­ter while re­main­ing recog­nis­ably them­selves. For art medi­ums whose main fo­cus is the story, such as comics or films, the recog­ni­tion el­e­ment is slightly more im­por­tant, so I usu­ally sac­ri­fice sig­nif­i­cant changes in the style and ap­pear­ance of a char­ac­ter’s age­ing process, in favour of added viewer recog­ni­tion.

The best way to deal with changes in ap­pear­ance of the char­ac­ter is to base them on their back story. But in ad­di­tion to

How peo­ple change over time de­pends on what hap­pens to them.

Plan­ning the back story of a char­ac­ter is the best way to con­vey a re­al­is­tic and in­ter­est­ing change of

their ap­pear­ance over the years.

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