Noel Cruz of NCRUZ.com
Noel Cruz is one of the most versatile & distinguished repaint artists in the doll community. He is most recognized for his character & celebrity based dolls due to their uncanny resemblance to the people they portray. His dolls are derived from several models like Gene, Tyler, Sydney, etc, by various doll-makers such as Robert Tonner & Franklin Mint. His repaints as well as his portraits are done with intricate detail to the point of being naturally lifelike in essence. Highly regarded among collectors and artists alike, Noel attempts to raise the bar and bring a fresh take to the common mass produced doll with every face he paints. Noel's specialty is with one of a kind repaints. The beauty of repaints is that almost no two are exactly alike just as no two artists are alike.
Some Noel Cruz Press: featured in 1sixth.co Winter Magazine 2019 and Farrah Fawcett commemorative Issue - available on iTunes and Apple Books, TFC The Filipino Channel 2019, My San Antonio (2017 Article), POP Sugar (2017 Article), Movie Plot (2017 Article), Daily Mail (2017 Article), GMA (2017 Article), Jewish Business News (2016 Article), SEVENTEEN (2016 Article), UK Daily Mail, Haute Doll, UK Daily Mail, KTLA News Feature, & CELEBUZZ!
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What defines Noel's style of repaint is his focus in achieving a sense of both aesthetics and likeness. He has developed this style across hundreds of dolls all ranging from unique & exotic originals to some of the most recognized celebrity faces in history. All his dolls now belong to the personal collections of their proud owners. Click images below for larger images. You can follow Noel on Facebook.To submit a commission or read about rates simply click here for commission details. If, however, you have questions about Noel's repaints or an idea for a future repaint get in touch by sending an e-mail. For Frequently Asked Questions & Answers click here.
Alejandro Mogollo on drawing Farrah
Like many before me, I’ve been a fan of Farrah Fawcett since I watched her in Charlie's Angels when it first ran in Spain back in 1978. From that minute on I became obsessed with her. I was a kid who liked to draw and I luckily could express my fascination in sketch form. So, every Saturday afternoon I sat in from of the tv set with my notepad and a pencil and started to draw her. It became such an obsession that my parents started to worry. I may have done thousands of sketches that ended up in the trash, because they only served to express my fandom. I wish we had internet back then, because I couldn’t get enough of her in print. I bought every magazine that featured her that I could afford (remember I was a kid and didn’t have much money). When she left Angels, I followed her movie career like a madman. I dragged my older brother along since my parents wouldn’t let me go alone to the movies. God bless my brother, he had to endure such stinkers… but I found all of her movies to be great and she was great in them. Time has passed and I turned my interests to other icons and movie stars but even today, when I come across a picture of Farrah, something physical happens to me, like a chill, butterflies in my stomach. You can’t forget your first love.
A little bit more about Mogollo
I was born in Seville, Spain. Since I was a child I was obsessed with drawing and painting. So much so that, although it was something my parents didn’t think was easy to make a living off, they encouraged it because I had such a passion for it. I studied Fine Arts specializing in Graphic Design here in Seville. When I finished college I got a scholarship at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and studied there for a year. When I came back from the States I began working as a graphic designer and art director in a publicity studio, and I’ve been working there ever since. My illustration work is something I’ve been developing these last years. But only on personal projects and on subjects of high interest to me, like my recent contribution with a series of illustrations to the Encyclopedia Madonnica published by Matthew Rettenmund. (*Matthew Rettenmund is a writer, editor and blogger who lives in NYC with his Shih Tzus, his Madonna collection and his emotional baggage. His book, “Encyclopedia Madonnica”, is considered the bible on all things Madonna)
Mogollo at work
Although my day job is fulfilling and requires creativity on my part, I sometimes miss the sheer pleasure of drawing. The illustration software is so sophisticated now (Adobe Illustrator) that it allows me to create images very close to the organic ones, giving it a distinctive touch, close to airbrush. The process, though digital, remains the same, beginning with the blank canvas, but replacing the pencil or brush with the mouse. In those personal projects I wanted to blend my two passions, graphic art and movie stars. So I started doing these movie portraits that I shared only with friends, just for fun. Then I started sharing them online. Now I have a facebook and Instagram art pages with many followers. It’s been a great journey, being able to share my work with fellow fans all over the world and has brought me the opportunity to get in touch with them and received their wonderful response. As an artist that is so gratifying. I couldn’t ask for more.