This was really helpful. So, just randomly drawing a character isn't really a problem for me, but as for their perceived age the outcome has been a bit random for me up to now. So knowing what to look out for and what little tricks make a character look slightly older or younger was really really helpful!
To keep it simple I created a baby boy. (In hind sight, a girl would have been ever better to show age progression.) I made him light skinned, blond and brown eyed, because that way I could show a colour shift as he ages. Babies of course all have blue eyes, whereas blond hair and light skin will darken as s.b. ages.
I also tried to pay attention to clothes, activites and character development. Toddlers e.g. are often whiny and younger kids wear more bright clothes.
Abilities would differ, too. At one point we learn to walk, at about 6 reading comes into the picture, team sports might play a role for slightly older kids...
Overall I'm really happy with what I learned during this class! Thank you!