Your ears, your nose, your gravity.
Aging is hard on a face. Noses and ears continue growing right until your final day while the rest of you doesn't. It's true - go on, look it up. But why does this cruel fact of aging occur? It's because noses and ears are made of cartilage mostly, and for science-y reasons cartilage grows faster in older bodies than in younger ones. Add gravity and eventually we're all Jimmy Durante.
One of the characters in this book will be older and have certain physical challenges. Depicting the effects of age in a way that's inviting, warm and respectful is a non-trivial task and has kept me busy and out of trouble, researching and sketching what will eventually happen to all of our bodies if we're fortunate. I've lost track of how many grandmotherly characters I've designed during the past month: round and short; tall and skinny; straight or bent; I'm going a little granny crazy and need a break, so I'll spend time on four legged friends in February, which will be the topic of the next monthly update. Until then here's one of the characters I made while practicing.