There was an old woman who swallowed a Russian

The title of this post didn’t seem as rude in my head as it does in writing. I stumbled upon some work by Russian illustrator Irina Troitskaya, link at the bottom, who did some amazing work with Russian dolls. She based them on children’s story’s that she’d heard when she was a child. I took that concept and used it with a story that my Gran used to tell me when I was a kid, The old woman who swallowed a Fly.



This is what I came up with, the varnish seeped into some of the white parts on the animals which showed I didn’t have enough layers on. But still works well.

Irina’s website –

The story of the old woman –

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