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Through the Ages - Round 2 by zapatones Through the Ages - Round 2 by zapatones
For round 2 we had to dress our character in formal attire. Can you think of a more formal occasion than your coronation? I can't.

Isabella became queen of Castile in december 1474 (aged 23). Her brother, Henry IV, the Impotent, had just died and Isabella was the only legitimate heiress, since "his" daughter (just run a search for Juana, la Beltraneja) was declared an illegitimate child and denied any rights to the throne.

People should research the Trastamaras, the Tudors did nothing compared to the kind of rumors and conspiracies that took place in Spain under their rule.

Anyway, she's dressed in white, the traditional colour for mourning and she's also posing with the Castilian banner, though she's blocking the castle.

The ceremony took place in Segovia. This kind of acts usually took place inside official buildings, mainly cathedrals or any other religious place. Isabella walked all the way to the cathedral and recited her vows in the public square in front of the building. She then took the Castilian banner and, embracing it, made her way in. Needless to say she became a superstar right after that.

Hope I manage to do that well in the competition.
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Ara-Grey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I can't get over the beautiful use of value and those shadows. So well done, and I love the history!
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zapatones Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Thank you so much! I've always felt like I got too carried away with the shadows for such a bright dress, but at the same time, I don't think this doll would have got as much attention as it did if it weren't for that fact. I'm not too happy with it anymore, but it feels great seeing it getting some love from time to time. From such a talented artist too :D
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Ara-Grey Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
OH STOP YOU~ :iconlainloveplz:

Gosh this makes me want to get back into dolling sooooo much you have no idea!
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zapatones Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
You should! Dolling is still fun to do as a side thing. And seeing how you also draw and paint, it would be fun seeing how you apply all that knowledge to dolling. I think some dollers are now going for more experimentation, otherwise it gets old very quickly. It's not the norm, but that also means that your dolls can stand out :P
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ArtofLMSmith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was roaming through your gallery and found this, had to comment that it's always been one of my most favorite dolls of yours and still is. It's just every bit delicious now as it was when you first made it. Your shading is impeccable. :heart: 
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zapatones Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you. This doll keeps gathering attention from time to time and I could never tell why. It's always nice to get such beautiful comments as yours, thank you so much for taking the time to do so! :hug:
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ArtofLMSmith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, do we artists never love our own works lol :D I know whatcha mean though (re: my own dolls). I adore this.
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zapatones Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014

I admit that this is my least favourite out of all my entries to TTA. My favourite was round 3. I got that image of Isabel praying in a dark room only lit by a couple of candles and no matter what that image stuck, so I had to doll it. It came out just as I wanted it, dolling that round was a bliss. Same for round 1 and my silly mistake involving the site's background colour :P

This, I liked the idea at first but then found it too simple and tried sketching a new doll, but was too lazy to do that in a new canvas, so I sketched on a layer over this. When the canvas proved to be too small, I doubled the size and kept working, saving on top of what I already had. When that other idea didn't work and I was running out of time, I went back to this doll and everything had been ruined by the resizing, so I had to redo the whole thing on top of what I had. Fun times :D I like it, but at the same time I wish I had done it differently. That should be easy to fix, though :)

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ArtofLMSmith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok now I truly understand why lol That was a lot to go through.
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Pixelooby Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is something that deserves a DD. Truly fabulous! :iconbigheartplz:
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