Next up: Age 10-12. She’s a little young for a hijab, but we figured in the interest of diversity to give her one anyway. Plus, it works well with her outfit.
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Not sure what she’s pointing at. Interesting pants.
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Now we start the 7-9 age range. From here on out you’ll note that we have put all the characters in modest dress, though in this age range, the girls still have their heads uncovered. Since people with Middle Eastern heritage are often (though not exclusively) Muslim, we wanted to honor that by at least not showing lots of skin in this batch. But since our market is primarily US-based, we wanted to reflect what Americans Muslims of Middle Eastern descent typically wear. Therefore, we chose not to put girls in the 7-9 age range in hijabs, but you will see hijabs in the older age ranges.
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New batch. This time we’re doing Middle Eastern people. I don’t really like how this girl turned out. I’ve got her head too far forward and it looks awkward, I think.
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Moving on to ages 10-12. This one was fun. Her shirt pattern was a scatter brush of simple flower stamps. I squished the ones on the elastic portion sideways to make them look like smocking. The original version showed her belly a little, but the client wanted that covered to make it a little more conservative. I think she’s our first one with braces, also.
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This one’s a girly-girl wearing a cute multi-colored heart print overalls with a pink t-shirt.
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I gave this girl a traditional floral print on her dress. I took way longer than I should have to get the print just right, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
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Woops, skipped a day. Should have posted this yesterday.
We’re moving on to the second batch of this large project. This batch contains 15 different Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. They’re all in warm-weather clothing.
This one is a girl, aged 4-6. She looks happy, doesn’t she?
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This is the first of three age 9-12 in this batch. I like the pleated skirt on her dress. I had a little trouble getting the angle right on her glasses.
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A pretty color plaid overshirt and bantu knots. I hadn’t drawn that hairstyle before. I think she’s cute.