This paper tackles the stroke recovery problem, which is a typical ill-posed reverse problem, by an instancebased method. The basic idea of the instance-based stroke recovery is to refer to the drawing order of a similar instance. The instance-based method has a strong merit that it can deal with multi-stroke characters and other complex characters without any special consideration. However, it requires a sufficient numbers of instances to cover those various characters. As an initial trial of the instance-based stroke recovery method, this paper describes the principle of the method and then provides several experimental results. The experimental results indicate the potential of the proposed method on recovering the drawing order of complex characters, as expected.