How can I depict the same character at different ages?
Jacinda Hind, US
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.