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Younger vs. Older Features by thundercake Younger vs. Older Features by thundercake
disclaimer-ish...I like writing down things I have sorta "figured out" over the years, and some people seem to find it helpful, but this isn't the word of god and I'm sure a lot of much smarter people have given better over the years, so please understand that this is just my personal experience/opinion speaking and nothing else.

second disclaimer: as I said in the tutorial, this is aimed at strictly cartoony styles, NOT REALISM. I realize there is sometimes a boob-space in real life. My argument is that a cartoony style with lines requires some realism sacrifices in order to draw your attention to more important things, like gesture and shape.

Also I drew the examples in like 10 seconds so.. sorry, they're not the best, haha. PIIIINK

anyway, these are all things I would have liked to know about 5 years ago, so that's why I wrote this. (I'm looking through my old art. YEEP! it's scarier than that ghost I saw the other day.)
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SxxN Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Your tutorials are concise yet very informative.
zombieslayerjjj Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Another thing that makes characters look older is the height of their mouth. The lower the mouth is on the face, the older the character looks. I've done that one before.
Angolwen Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good advice here, thank you! :)
barret926 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
It's really helpful to me, thanks a lot!
keyno91087 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
you have alot of good points thks
Midsney Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yay useful-ness! I actually read a book about realism drawing, and it said to leave the teeth as one big hunk, so it's not just stylistic.
Imaginatik Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome , thanks for sharing!
Annanonyma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
That is really interesting. Somehow, I just haven't thought about these things. Thank you. :)
LollyPopsicles Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
This is extremely helpful! Thanks :)
SpenArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great! Thank you so much!
ktoxic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Raidell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful, but actually, it mostly helps me with how to make characters look OLDER! Most of my characters look like teenagers when I draw them, and I can't make them look their proper age without making them look ancient! Thanks for this!
laika-sky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Wow, this is actually really helpful. Especially the part on drawing breasts. I've only done it twice (once example is in my gallery), but I wish I saw this before I started! Then again, I didn't use any references. My roommate would've probably thought me weird. :+fav: This is a good reference!
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely helpful! There's a lot of tutorials on basic face shape/features, but this is the first one I've found to show the difference between what features make people look younger/older. Kudos for making it.
Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
No wide spaces unless you paid for them?



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thundercake Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, you're right, that was a pretty silly statement, it's definitely not true across the board.
Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Haha, that's alright. It just made me freak out for a moment. :D
WaffleDemon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
This is very interesting, and wonderful food for thought...
This is one of those things that will save my skin when I'm frustrated by whatever I happen to be drawing at the time.
:heart: Thanks!
car-melly Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Super helpful!
Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
This is a wonderful tutorial! Do you think it could be used in reverse to draw middle-aged people?
Kish-Kashi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
i've always had trouble making my characters look older rather than making them look younger, my 'older' characters always look about 20... odd.

XD thankyou for this tutorial-thing! <3
Kopanitsak Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much! :thanks:
This.. ranticle (:XD:) is very helpful! :meow:
Batuxa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   Filmographer
Yes it is. :lol:
Tobbeno1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm 17 years old and my breasts are saggy, does that mean I'm old?
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gutter-child Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
I like your theories, you've obviously put a lot of effort into coming about them and they make good sense in practice, it would seem.

Thanks for making this. I do so love information. :la:
N3RT Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Totally pointed out some bad habits I have.. this is quite helpful...
zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's quite helpful, thanks a lot! : D
Shadowstar Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Very informative and helpful. Thanks. :)
agaillard Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oroginal tutorial =) thx
justjingles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This helped me to draw Nanette! XD
laurbits Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is quite helpful! Thanks for sharing your insights!
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slownsilent Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student General Artist
Quite helpful. Thank you. :]
Cadverous Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
Every thing about this is so true, Lulz scary old people teeth! This is definitely, very helpful.
Conylandia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
This was incredibly helpful. I will have it in great consideration during drawing practices.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this <3
Daioh--Sakura Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
I like this, it is a great ref. for making old and young characters! Much love~
Kari-Hino Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is a really great analysis of common mistakes! I've been doing all of this stuff at one point or another! Great tutorial!
airyairy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Thanks! This is useful!
stahryeyed Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
this was very helpful, thank you! :)
626elemental Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Hehe, I am a huge offender on the neck tendons XD. 'Course it's more expected in american comic book style...
BronzeBow3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   Writer
YHB means 'Young Heroic Boy' right?
thundercake Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
aha I mentioned it in the intro.. "young hot badass" =p
Dadrick Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a very helpful tutorial, thank you. =)
theelfhybrid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing I've foundo ut for myself was the lines in the face thing,so thank you! :D
SanaGale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
this is very useful, thanks alot.
Tiuni Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I always love your tutorials because they always provide such keen insight into art. Thank you!
mirta08 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks :D
OneStripe Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Actually yes, this is very helpful and good to know! (:
SiriusBlack4Ever Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
This is a great reference. I've found myself breaking some of these guidelines before (specifically the first one with putting too many lines on a face), and wondering why my characters look old. Now I've got a checklist to go over whenever I find that happening. Thanks! :D
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