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Through the Ages 2013 - Judge doll by zapatones Through the Ages 2013 - Judge doll by zapatones
Base is Alice [link] by ~dances-with-weasels

My judge doll based on 17th century Spanish fashion. Reference: [link]

I was keeping this a secret till the pageant opened but ~Jinx-YouOweMe-A-Coke posted hers and I couldn't resist.
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SailorMariah Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Ah, la Infanta... I love the colors and details on this so much, you have no idea. :love: It even looks like real velvet! Props for picking this period, too, you just don't see enough of this era of fashion on DA. And I love how you made her dark-complexioned, instead of ridonkulously pale like in all of those Velasquez portraits.
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zapatones Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013

If someone could get their skintones right, that would be Velázquez :P The assumption that Spanish people are dark-skinned is an exaggeration which has other origins-- political rivalry-- and has no real genetic base. If you came over here, you'd be surprised at how pale-- pasty, even-- we can be.

This was a judge doll for a dolling contest called Through the Ages, where you have to make up a character and dress them according to the fashion of their times for three rounds. I participated last year and won, so I became a judge for this year's. The idea behind these dolls, which you can check on the site by clicking the Judges link, was to draw ourselves following our favourite historical fashion style. Hence the dark hair and eyes; those are mine. There's not enough Spanish fashion or culture around and I just had to go for these humongous dresses I adore. The skin was a happy accident when I played with the colour settings, it looked better with orange hues in there rather than the paler ones it originally had. I may have lost some accuracy but it looks much better this way. Thanks a lot for the comment :D

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SailorMariah Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Oh, I know about the whole Spanish people=dark skin/hair fallacy. ;) Lots of non-Spanish people make that mistake, especially in the Western Hemisphere. Just look at The Tudors -- they chose a dark-haired Irish actress to play Catherine of Aragon, despite the real Catherine being auburn (but then again, all of the actors in that show look nothing like their real counterparts whatsoever, to say nothing of the costumes CURSE YOU! ). I just applauded your decision to make your doll dark-skinned due to the fact that I'm dark-skinned myself (I'm biracial). Plus, she looks great in red velvet -- good call on the color selection! And btw, I did check out some of your "Through The Ages" dolls, and they look amazing. Learned a lot of cool Spanish history too, while I was at it. :D (Big Grin) 
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zapatones Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013

I'm sorry if I sounded too blunt with the skin colour thing, people just assume things and I tend to get too defensive about my country. After all, it's my reality. I admit that I've never attempted shading non-white skin, probably because I'm white and most people around me are too.

It's even sadder when you get to know when those stereotypes were created and why. And to think there's still people who believe them and go around claiming that there's no way Spanish people can have fair skin and hair or a particular eye colour. Ugh, The Tudors, I'm not that knowledgeable about TV shows based on them, but most historical series I've watched or heard of make me want to scream. It's okay to make up facts and create a fictional account of whatever you wish. But that doesn't mean that you can change history to meet the audience's expectations. Most people do not realise that these shows are actually the best way to approach people to history and that, as such, they are really powerful weapons. However, since all they care about is getting more audience, they basically turn history into a mockery of itself and sell cheap sex scenes and random facts without even consulting any respectable expert on those topics. Btw is there a single series on the Tudors that has a blonde woman playing Catherine? 

I'm glad you liked my other entries and learnt something from them. It's shocking how much people misinterpret Spain and have such a limited-- and manipulated-- vision on its history and culture. Thanks for your reply. It's refreshing to deal with these topics in such a calm manner :D

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SailorMariah Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
No problem! :) (And btw, I totally agree with all your points).
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Purple146 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cute :) 
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zapatones Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you :D
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Purple146 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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zapatones Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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