Filipino artist Noel Cruz makes amazing celebrity copies from usual Barbie dolls.
Noel Cruz takes simple Barbie dolls, washes off the primer paint layer and modifies the doll’s image. His wife helps him to complete the image – she sews doll clothes and makes accessories.
The acknowledged doll master creates celebrity dolls of the previous years, as well as contemporary celebrity dolls. His collection includes Cher, Angelina Jolie, Harry Potter, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor , Meryl Streep, Kirsten Dunst , Whitney Houston , and almost all the Twilight characters.
Celebrity dolls from around the world are sold at online auctions for thousands of dollars. The most expensive doll is the Angelina Jolie Barbie doll worth $4,300.
Noel Cruz was born in a poor family with many children and was forced to work from childhood. At 12 he saw Miss World on TV and a muse visited him. He began to paint portraits. Noel’s passion was so strong that already at the age of 16, the young artist painted portraits to order, not having a single art lesson behind.
Many years later, Noel Cruz and his wife moved to the United States, and his wife became seriously engaged in doll collecting. Replenishing his wife’s collection, Noel came across hand-painted dolls. Soon flat canvases were abandoned; the artist began to paint portraits on small plastic faces. After 8 years of training and hundreds of faces painted, Noel Cruz became a real master in doll painting.