Here is a general guide to drawing elderly people’s faces and figures. A general age progression chart is provided below, and example illustrations for you to reference. Wrinkles are obviously added to the face, but other things change as well.
How to Draw Elderly People : Tips to Drawing Older People’s Faces and Figures
Showing changes in the relative proportions of features and skull at different ages. The nose gradually straightens. The nose then later lengthens. The ears lengthen and the eyes are placed higher.
Points to remember in drawing older people:
I liked this excerpt from Jack Hamm’s book, drawing the human figure.
-The person’s hair thins or turns noticeably white or silver.
-Definite lines remain in the forehead.
– The person’s eyebrows may become sparse or scraggly and in some cases might look wild and be mistaken for a caterpillar
-Eyelids have the tendency to droop downwards
– The Socket bone protrudes as eyes sink back into the head
– Wrinkles form around the lower lid pocket
– A Slight depression may occur at the person’s temples
– Cheek bones become prominent with a hollow below
– The ears lengthen; lobe hangs pendant-like, especially on women who wore heavy earrings their entire lives
– The Ball of the nose may appear to swell and get larger
– The mouth sinks back and wrinkles run off of the lips
– The skin drops at the jowls
– The chin bone may protrude, but only in thinner people
– Neck becomes gaunt; skin hangs in drapes