How to Draw a Matryoshka Doll

In this drawing tutorial we will show you how to draw a Matryoshka doll. For those who do not know, Matryoshka – is a Russian wooden toy in the form of a painted doll, inside of which are similar to her another smaller dolls. The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The the very first matryoshkas were very expensive – they was manually painted by talented painters, who used techniques for working with icons. That’s why, the first Matryoshka dolls had carefully painted faces and characteristic colors. So, let’s start this tutorial and learn how to draw Matryoshka doll!

Step 1

First sketch out the outlines of the nesting doll . Usually, when we draw the human figure, the first step we draw the man made of sticks and circles. But this drawing lesson is a little different. Now we have to draw a shape similar to bowling pin. Try to draw the figure was as symmetrical as possible. In order to ensure symmetry, look at the drawing through the mirror. In a mirror image, you will immediately see all the mistakes. If you could not draw it correctly, just erase and try to draw the figure again.

Step 2

In this step, start adding items. First, draw a line at the upper part of the figure, in the area of the  neck. Slightly above this line, draw a circle, in which we will draw a face. At the end of this step draw the stand in the bottom of the Matryoshka. If you doubt the symmetry of drawing, just look at the figure through  the mirror. If everything is correct then move to the next step.

Step 3

At this step sketch out the lines of the facial symmetry. First draw a vertical line which will help us to find the centre of the face. Then draw a horizontal line which will help us to draw eyes. Slightly above the eye line draw the line of eyebrows. And slightly below the eye line draw the lines of nose and  mouth. Notice, that the distance between the horizontal lines are approximately equal.

Step 4

Now, using the lines from the previous step, draw facial features. At first draw eyes and paint them black, leaving one white glare in each eye. Note – glares must be in the right parts of eyes. Using curved lines draw the eyebrows eyelashes. Draw a nose that looks like a pair of dots. Then draw a plump lips and circles of rouge on cheeks.

Step 5

This step is very short, here we draw the knot of scarf, which will be located just below the face of matryoshka. This knot will consist of the center – the usual circle, and side parts – two figures, similar to the leaves. Also draw the hair protruding from under the top of the scarf.

Step 6

We are in the home stretch! At the edges of the body draw sleeves and palms. We remind you that in order to ensure the symmetry of the figure you can look at it through the mirror.

Step 7

Now we need to draw a pattern in the center of the body of our nesting doll. Basically, you can choose the pattern that you want to. Importantly, to retain the overall style of the drawing, that is looks like a Russian folk painting. We decided to stay at this ornament:

It looks pretty complicated, but actually it is not. At first draw the figure with three petals and then surround it by the bigger leaves. Then draw three leaves around, and Matryoshka is ready!

This article originally appeared at Drawing for All