By repainting and perfecting old dolls, Noel Cruz a Filipino-American artist based in Anaheim might be the best celebrity-doll maker you never heard of.
How Does He Do It?
He repaints a new doll face by washing the original layer of paint and applying his own with more intricate detail work and shading. This example is Vivien Leigh and her eyebrows from Gone with the Wind.
Cruz began what has turned into a career when his wife started collecting celebrity dolls, which sparked the idea in him to use them as canvas for his art.
He takes mass-produced dolls from manufacturers like Mattel and turns them into something a little bit more, well, special. He even cuts the doll hair in layers and applies mousse to perfect the new do’s.
Johnny Depp – Captain Jack Sparrow
Voldemort – Harry Potter Public Enemy Number One
Aragorn – The King That Has Returned
“Bad” Michael Jackson
To go to his website, and maybe pick up one of the dolls for yourself (although they can cost a few thousand dollars), check out Noel’s website.
For more on the wonderful world of dolls, try out this awesome geeky nesting dolls collection.