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How to Draw Dolly Dingle

About the Author Greetings! This is me when I was 3. And, as you can see from the photo, I was very happy when playing with my dolls. Decades later, dolls still hold a fond place in my heart. I have created DollKind in order to publish my doll history research articles and to share my enjoyment of dolls with you.

 

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

I have worked for the past 15 years as a fine artist, and the simplicity of Grace Drayton's Dolly Dingle illustrations have appealed to me since I was a little girl. I thought it would be fun here to give you step-by-step instructions for drawing your own Dolly Dingle doll.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

First, draw a circle with a regular pencil. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just try to keep your lines light. I drew with more pressure than normal here in order to be able to scan my drawing.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Dolly Dingle's eyes are a mounded half-circle with a slightly down-drooping lower line. The top of her eye is a little less than halfway up her face from her chin. The eyebrows are set very high on the head. The mouth is just a small line with two curved cheek marks. The nose is as shown. Draw these.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Dolly Dingle's curls follow the line of the circle you have originally drawn, and swing out from the chin line of the head in semi-bell shapes. Draw these.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Now, with your eraser, significantly lighten all of your pencil marks until they are almost invisible and will only serve as faint guides. Again, mine are heavier marks that I would normally draw. With a peach colored pencil, color in Dolly Dingle's whole face except for the whites of her eyes. Then, with a carmine colored pencil, create the circular cheeks with a small spot left unreddened for shine. The nose is a carmine oval with a spot left for a shine. The chin is shaped like a carmine comma. Try to shade carefully and lightly with the carmine pencil.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Next, with a yellow pencil, color in Dolly Dingle's entire hair area. Follow this by taking a goldenrod pencil and coloring over the yellow in all but a few places. As you can see from my illustration, I've left some of the yellow shining through in patches. This gives dimension to the hair.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Next, take a black pencil and create Dolly Dingle's eyes. I am giving you a closeup here, so that you can see the smudgy arc at the top of the eye and the colored portion of the eye having a shape resembling a Pac-Man symbol, with that little "bite" taken out of it. This is what gives the eyes their shining look. There is a bit of black in the lower corner of each eye and a hint of eyelashes at the far corners.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

Continue to work with your black pencil, darkening all of the lines that you made with your regular pencil. Do the outline of the face, the hair and the other facial features as shown.

How to Draw Dolly Dingle

To finish your Dolly Dingle drawing, make sure your black pencil is well sharpened and sketch in all of the little details of the hair. Study how the lines at the top of the head give a slightly rippled and shining effect and the lines in the hanging curls give a sense of roundness. And that's it. You've drawn your first Dolly Dingle. You could now move on to draw the rest of the figure and design wonderful Dolly Dingle clothes for your creation.