Noel Cruz is an incredible artist who creates lifelike dolls by repainting their original versions. He is most recognized for his celebrity-based models that sometimes are uncanny to look at due to their accurate resemblance to the characters or people they portray. 

Noel's one-of-a-kind dolls are done with intricate detail and therefore are highly appreciated among collectors. Surely, a common mass-produced doll cannot compete with Noel's remake. So, we invite you to take a look at these, undoubtedly, masterpieces! What are your thoughts about them? 

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#1

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

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Disgruntled Pelican
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4 days ago

I can't imagine being this talented! Wow!

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According to Noel, it all began by a sheer accident: "One summer day in 2001, I was perusing eBay and stumbled upon a 15-inch fashion doll that my wife had been collecting. However, I noticed that this fashion doll's face was significantly different from my wife's dolls' faces. I quickly realized from the description that the doll's face paint had been removed and had been repainted intricately and meticulously to look more lifelike and realistic. I was blown away, having never thought this was even remotely possible. The repaint was in no way a representation of any particular actual celebrity or person but this did not diminish my amazement. Having drawn human portraits all my adult life, this presented a huge inspiration for me to attempt to create one myself."

The fashion doll that was used for the repaint is a doll called Gene, produced by Ashton Drake Galleries. It quickly came to Noel that he could use this doll's face to create the essence of different celebrity dolls by projecting each celebrity's features onto the doll by way of repaint. The Gene doll's facial structure was not based on any particular celebrity, but that did not stop the artist from using the doll's face as a three-dimensional canvas wherein he could paint the features of different celebrities to channel the essence of each celebrity.

#2

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

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CLG
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4 days ago

For a second I forgot what I was looking at and thought the one on the right was a photo of Angelina. 😯

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#3

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

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lapis lazuli
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4 days ago

the original one will be in my nightmares

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"I have long been a fan of many celebrities and so the chance to be able to create their likeness in doll form was something that appealed to me as a unique way of expressing my creativity. It took me several trial and error attempts during that summer of 2001. After weeks of practice, feeling a bit more confident with what I had learnt and achieved at that point, I put the doll on eBay. That very first doll repaint sold for $162.00. At that moment, having most of my artwork just given as gifts to family and friends up until that point, this meant a lot to me. I felt a sense of validation, that a doll collector would appreciate my work enough to buy it as a piece of artwork. Today, twenty-one years later, I have absolutely no regrets about my choice to make this my full-time career."

#4

Diana, Princess Of Wales

Diana, Princess Of Wales

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Will Cross
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4 days ago

Oh my! This one was a drastic difference. So much better and realistic looking after the artist did their work. Very well done.

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#5

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
4 days ago

Captain Jack Sparrow forever!!!

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Noel's goal is to create a portrait with the utmost attention to capturing a celebrity's likeness. The artist shared that he never really had any formal art training. He learned his techniques from sheer doing, constant trial and error and from watching a few portrait artists in action during his college days.

"The style I developed with dolls is pretty much an extension of my aesthetic as a portrait artist. Therefore each doll I paint is meant to be faithful to the likeness, essence and look of each celebrity, which by that very essence makes creating a celebrity or any specific person more challenging to make because you are bound by the expectation that your work should end up looking like the celebrity you chose to portray."

#6

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

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Jo Cooper
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4 days ago

That is amazing!

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#7

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
4 days ago

This is crazy good!

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We got curious about how long it takes for Noel to repaint one doll. The artist shared that it can take from 3 days to a week (working day in and day out straight). Some dolls require more intricate face painting and hairstyle, so it really depends on each doll. The artist doesn't like to rush when working on a doll. "I like to strive for the best representation and work I can put on each doll, regardless of time."

#8

Vivien Leigh As Scarlett O'hara

Vivien Leigh As Scarlett O'hara

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Auntriarch
Community Member
4 days ago

That eyebrow... Genius

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#9

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Nunya Business
Community Member
4 days ago

This artist is unbelievably talented. Some of these dolls look like actual photographs of the person.

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The biggest challenge of the creative process for Noel is to try and capture that person's likeness he is trying to portray. "By the very nature of my specialty, which is replicating real people and characters, the challenge is always capturing a likeness. However, with dolls, in particular, I have challenged myself further to where the doll would not only look true to the person but also painted in a lifelike manner where people who look at photos of my dolls would do a double-take before realizing they're merely looking at a doll of that celebrity. As challenging as this may sound, ironically, this is the aspect of the creation process that gives me immense satisfaction."

#10

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

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BadCat
Community Member
3 days ago

Wow

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#11

Robert Pattinson As Edward Cullen And Kristen Stewart As Bella Swan

 Robert Pattinson As Edward Cullen And Kristen Stewart As Bella Swan

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BadCat
Community Member
3 days ago

I'm getting more Jillian Anderson vibes.

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The artist has been truly grateful to receive kind words and appreciation from collectors and fellow artists. According to Noel, he has received countless emails and comments on his social media pages.

Not only do people appreciate the paintwork, but also the meticulous hairstyling, which Noel feels is just as crucial to achieving the level of likeness in replicating actual persons or characters. 

#12

Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II

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Unique
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4 days ago

The left side looks like Helen Mirren as "The Queen" was used as a template.

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#13

James Dean

James Dean

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Ozymandias73
Community Member
4 days ago

The eyes make such a huge difference

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#14

Nicole Kidman

 Nicole Kidman

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Vepřík Boubelatý
Community Member
4 days ago (edited)

Original looks more plastic than this doll now.

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#15

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

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Queen fhk
Community Member
4 days ago

Beautiful!

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#16

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

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Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
4 days ago

If the picture at the top is a doll, that's just scary...

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#17

Angelina Jolie As Maleficent

Angelina Jolie As Maleficent

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Will Cross
Community Member
4 days ago

I love both of these movies very much.

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#18

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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Melissa Van Deutekom
Community Member
3 days ago

This one was pretty close already. But this artist is fantastic.

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#19

Rupaul And Farrah Fawcett

Rupaul And Farrah Fawcett

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Johanna
Community Member
3 days ago

Much better (than the originals)

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#20

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

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Ozymandias73
Community Member
4 days ago

I can hear this picture

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#21

Madonna

Madonna

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Disgruntled Pelican
Community Member
4 days ago

The original almost looks like Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones.

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#22

Elizabeth Taylor As Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor As Cleopatra

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dream of delusion
Community Member
3 days ago

wasn’t there something that said that cleopatra wasn’t very pretty? not criticizing the doll, it’s gorgeous, but just came to mind when i saw the photo :/

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#23

Kate Winslet As Rose Dewitt Bukater

 Kate Winslet As Rose Dewitt Bukater

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Marcela Mikulová
Community Member
3 days ago

Just....beautiful....

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#24

Michael Jackson

 Michael Jackson

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Kathryn Clark
Community Member
3 days ago

The eyes are what makes a big difference.

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#25

Elle Fanning As Aurora

Elle Fanning As Aurora

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dream of delusion
Community Member
3 days ago

the little button nose is so good!

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#26

Selena Quintanilla Pérez

Selena Quintanilla Pérez

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Disgruntled Pelican
Community Member
4 days ago

Dang. The original one did Selena dirty.

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#27

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid

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Kevin Doyle
Community Member
3 days ago

Its kinda sad to me that she would have a doll to begin with, I mean, who's your target consumer???

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#28

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

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Lucy
Community Member
3 days ago

All these dolls are so amazing such talent they look lifelike compared to the originals

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#29

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson

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Poeha
Community Member
3 days ago

Charlie's Angels

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#30

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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superlashes
Community Member
4 days ago

Looks like Marilyn in drag

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