Like all pictures, we're going to start off with a frame for the body. Notice how the line that represents the spine is bent. When people get old, they're bones often start to deteriorate causing them to look haunched over or like they have a hump back.Also we're going to bring his arms out in front of him like he's supporting his upper body on his cane.
Next we're going to flesh out his body. Older people had a harder time looking weight than younger people and they tend to hold their weight in their sides and stomach while their legs might stay thinner. Also, note the shape of the face. The cheeks hang down more. This is because the elastin (which keeps your skin firm and stretchy) isn't regenerating, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle.
Next we'll add his arms, cane and map out the features of his face, keeping in mind that his skin is sagging by adding the appropriate wrinkles such as laugh lines and crow's feet.
Next we'll define the shape of the body a bit more by adding the folds of the skin and more wrinkles. We'll add more details to his ears and face and we'll draw how his stomach sits while he's sitting. Notice how it folds over into his lap, this is caused both in part by the weakening elastin and by the fat his body stores around his mid section.
And now, since we can't have an old man going around in nothing but his birthday suit (trust me, I've seen it before, it's nothing you want to see), we're going to put some clothes on him. We're also going to leave him without hair since the hair follicles often close off when you're old. So to keep him from burning his head, we'll give him a hat. We'll put him in a turtleneck and a jacket as well as some slacks and a pair of sensible and comfortable sneakers.
Now all that's left is to reline your details and you'll be all set for colors. I hope you enjoyed and I can't wait to see your results!
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