Artist turns off-the-shelf dolls into hyper realistic celebrity models
An artist transforms off-the-shelf dolls into hyper realistic models of celebrities.
Noel Cruz’s works sell for up to $5100 (£3300) and include the likes of Kate Middleton, Princess Diana and Angelina Jolie.
He spends up to three DAYS painting the intricate faces of each model – sometimes working for eight hours straight.
Once he has completed the painting he sells the dolls on eBay.
Noel, who lives in Tustin in California, USA, said: “I became interested in this by accident as my wife has been a collector of dolls for years.
“It’s painstaking work on such a small canvas so delicately done – it can be longer than an eight-hour shift.”
While looking around the internet for dolls for his wife Emma, he noticed some of the dolls available had extremely lifelike faces.
In 2001 he decided to paint his first doll – a made-up female – before becoming confident enough to take on some of the planet’s biggest celebs.
The artist, 53, usually paints popular celebs such as characters from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and, more recently, Hunger Games.
In the future, Noel, whose background is as a portrait artist, hopes to work on characters from hits like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
But his favourite characters to create are classic Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis.
He added: “I gravitate towards celebrities because there are so many pictures of them available it’s more of a challenge.”