Step-by-step: Show a recog­nis­able char­ac­ter age­ing

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I usu­ally start with the mid­dle stage, which is of­ten ado­les­cence. Con­sider thin, long limbs, dis­sat­is­fac­tion, a grumpy ex­pres­sion, as well as per­sonal pref­er­ences in cloth­ing as the char­ac­ter can af­ford to buy things for him­self. From the ado­les­cent stage, you can eas­ily turn your char­ac­ter to a child or adult. When the char­ac­ter’s a child, eye shape and eye­brow thick­ness are about the same, but ear and nose size are al­tered. I don’t change his hair­style, in favour of recog­ni­tion. The char­ac­ter smiles and en­joys a care-free child­hood. His par­ents buy him over­sized clothes and he’s less con­cerned about his ap­pear­ance. My teen be­comes an adult. Shoul­ders and chest broaden, he’s taller, has shorter hair and fa­cial pro­por­tions change sub­tly. My char­ac­ter wears a jacket and ex­udes con­fi­dence, but his pose ex­hibits fri­vol­ity from his teens. Glasses and beard might de­pict changes linked to age and sta­tus. But this char­ac­ter won’t like that!

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