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These are two acrylic portraits done on wooden nesting dolls. They are real nesting dolls which fit together. After this photo I put on a final coat of Mod Podge to protect them.
This was one of many projects that I get through the custom listings on Etsy.com.
The buyer sent me about 2 dozen photos, and from those I made sketches so he could visualize the project and ask for changes where he thought they were needed.
These dolls were a real challenge for me. When I do another set, I will not do more than one quick sketch on paper because the image was distorted when I transferred it to the blank dolls. Instead I will do a sketch just for compositional purposes (to pick clothing and size relationships), but all the fine tuning of the faces will need to be done right on the wood. The smooth finish of the wood is very easy to draw on (and erase and redraw). Here is the sketch that I did in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet which I later transferred to the dolls and painted:
If you are interested in having your portrait painted on wooden Russian dolls, contact me for pricing.
Happy Birthday, Henry!