Matryoshka Dolls

Contest Info

  • Started: 5/10/2008 06:00
  • Ended: 5/14/2008 06:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 17
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
Matryoshka Dolls
Contest Directions: Photoshop this matryoshka dolls image (click to download) any way you wish. Examples may include re-designing matryoshka dolls, giving them new paint-jobs, merging them with other objects, placing these matryoshka dolls into some environment, movies, paintings. These are just some ideas.
You have 3 days to submit your entry. Submitting it early will give you plenty of time to read the critique comments and edit your image accordingly.
Many thanks to Jean Scheijen of Stock Exchange for providing the source image.

Contest Info

    • Started: 5/10/2008 06:00
    • Ended: 5/14/2008 06:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 17
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
17 pictures
  • The Matryoshka Doll Family

    The Matryoshka Doll Family
  • Matryoshka Soldiers

    Matryoshka Soldiers
  • Reservoir Dolls

    Reservoir Dolls
  • Martyrshka Doll Grenades

    Martyrshka Doll Grenades
  • Matryoshka Dolls Playing Soccer

    Matryoshka Dolls Playing Soccer
  • The Matryoshka Brady Bunch

    The Matryoshka Brady Bunch
  • Devo Matryoshka Dolls

    Devo Matryoshka Dolls
  • Matryoshka Doll Mafia

    Matryoshka Doll Mafia
  • Valley Matryoshka Dolls

    Valley Matryoshka Dolls
  • Stacked Matryoshka Doll

    Stacked Matryoshka Doll
17 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Matryoshka (originally taken from the name "Matryona", in latin the word "Matrona" means the noble lady, mother of the family) is a Russian wooden toy in the form of a painted doll, holding inside it similar types of dolls of smaller size. The number of enclosed dolls is generally six or more. Matryoshka is one of the most popular souvenirs for foreign tourists coming to Russia. The origin of Matryoshka It is said that the Russian matryoshka was designed as per the model brought from Japan. According to some versions, the matryoshka dolls appeared in Russia only after the Russia-Japan war and the return of prisoners of war from Japan to Russia. The shape of the Russian matryoshka was given by the turner V.P. Zvezdochnik in the 1890s of 19th century, and the professional painter S.M.Malyutin was the first artist behind the painting. From the memoirs of Zvezdochnik, he never saw the Japanese turned toys. Besides that, before the appearance of the matryoshka, Russian craftsmen made wooden Easter eggs, which were detachable and hollow. Therefore, the question about the relation between Japanese and Russian matryoshka remains unanswered. These days matryoshkas are made in different workshops, like the one in the city of Shatur.