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A Sculptor Makes Dolls That Are So Realistic We Can Almost Hear Their Hearts Beating

Michael Zajkov is an incredible artist from Russia — one look at the magical dolls he creates will have you feeling both impressed and slightly startled — because of how realistic every one of his pieces looks. He has managed to gather over 1 million followers, who all closely admire his fascinating work process and art.

Bright Side has come across these captivating dolls that look like they will start breathing and talking at any moment, and we thought we just had to share his impressive pieces with you!


The creation of each doll begins with the search for an image, followed by a sketch.


The artist then starts working on the head — it all begins with a ball of tin foil, on top of which he adds multiple layers of clay, creating hyper-realistic, anatomically correct structures. The eyes of the dolls are handmade in Germany by Lauschaer Glasaugen.



Michael Zajkov paints the face of the dolls, adding all the details in the right places — eyebrows, lips, freckles — each of these things are patiently added until the final result is one that perfectly resembles a human face.


6. Yulia

The hair of the dolls is made from high-quality French Mohair or llama wool, perfectly imitating human hair. Michael Zajkov adds every single strand of hair by hand — you can check this process in-depth here.


8. Alexey

9. JunHo

The dolls measure approximately 70 centimeters / 27.5 inches in height.

10. Margarita, Jack, & Nina

11. Anna

12. Olga

13. Valeria

14. Jack


16. Anton

Each of the artists’ creations has 13 movable joints which allow for posture changes — the dolls can sit in different positions.

17. Ulyana & Sofia

18. Varvara

19. Ivan

20. Claudia

The impressive garments the dolls are wearing are made by the fashion designer Irina Kuzyomina. She reproduces real vintage clothes by using antique fabrics and French lace.

21. Pavel

22. Sergey

23. Theona

24. Alexander

25. Ksenia

26. Michael Zajkov, the artist himself

If you want to check out more of his art and his fascinating process videos, you can do so right here.

If you could use just one word to describe the dolls, what would it be?

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