When trolling for new and incredible art for our “Weird Art” section I continue to learn what happens when talent meets time. More often than not these artists have a lot more talent than time but it’s obvious that the majority of these works are extremely time consuming.
Noel Cruz is no different. He is what is called a “repainter”. If I had to describe his work in one word, I would say it’s “sick”! I mean that in a good way. Noel has made quite a name for himself in the doll collecting industry and some of his works bring in big money. How much you ask?
How about a $44 Hunger Games doll repainted by Noel going for $2500 on Ebay. BOOM!
Noel stumbled on his talent after looking for a doll for his wife who happened to be a doll collector. He noticed how bland the mass produced faces were (something I didn’t really notice until now) and decided that he could take his background as a portrait artist and do some repainting. Cruz does this full time now, working eight hours a day or more. During an interview with Yahoo, Cruz said he pushes himself hard for perfection,fr
Sometimes I punish myself because I can’t settle for anything less than perfection, But in a way, it’s good, because I set such a high standard that I don’t have to worry about customers complaining.
Here is a snapshot of his process:
Although he repaints many dolls, his celebrity repaints has brought him the most notoriety. A quick look through his facebook page and you will get the feeling that not only Is Noel extremely talented, he seems like a pretty cool guy. Make sure you check him out
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