How to Draw an Elderly Anime Character

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How to Draw an Elderly Anime Character
Drawing an older person can be difficult, but there are many options for an artist to create an interesting-looking character. ( Images)

Anime-style drawing is typically very clean and streamlined with faces that have large eyes and small noses. While this is good for drawing children, teenagers and young adults, drawing an older or elderly person in the anime style can be a challenge. The key to believably drawing an older person in the anime style is to know exactly where to put extra lines and where to alter lines. You can draw an elderly character in the same manner that you would draw a young character, but with several key alterations, particularly to the face.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Add lines around the eyes. A curve around the underside of each eye suggests bags and a few V-shaped marks at the outer corners suggest crow's feet. The more lines you add, the older a person will look. In addition, draw an older person's eyes slightly smaller or narrower than you would for a young person. People in anime style drawing often have large, exaggerated eyes but this will not look right for an older character.

  2. 2

    Add lines around the mouth. C-shaped curves at the outside of the corners of the mouth are common wrinkles that develop as a person ages. Use a mirror and smile broadly to see where this line is if you are not certain of how to draw it. For a very old person, deepen the curve and add vertical wrinkles to the lips. Remember, as a person ages, their lips thin, so do not add full lips to an older person.

  3. 3

    Soften the jawline and eliminate sharp angles. For most people, skin begins to sag about the throat and chin as a person ages. Add soft curves to the jawline to suggest sagging skin or fat and add wrinkles to the neck. Horizontal or vertical wrinkles both work. You can leave the chin very sharp if you like but this will suggest a very lean character.

  4. 4

    Add horizontal wrinkles to the forehead. This can be somewhat tricky in the anime style and a few lines is typically suitable.

  5. 5

    Enlarge the ears and nose slightly. As a person ages, his ears continue to grow and the face recedes. This creates the appearance of having a larger nose than a young person.

  6. 6

    Thin the hair or make the character bald. People tend to lose their hair as they age, so very thick, full hair will look out of place on a very old character.

  7. 7

    Draw the hands more thinly than you ordinarily would, with large knuckles.

Tips and warnings

  • Drawing the body on an elderly character varies. Like anyone else, an elderly person can be fat, thin or in-between. Pot bellies, stooped shoulders, low muscle mass and skin that sags at the elbows are all very common features.

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