Sunday, January 15, 2012

An interview with Noel Cruz

The video above is part of an interview I had with Noel Cruz who repainted a Farrah Fawcett doll for  I met with him yesterday, January 14th in Anaheim. We discussed everything from his technique, school, experiences growing up, to meeting Lindsay Wagner and coming full circle as an artist.

At first glance you might think you are looking at an actual photo of Farrah Fawcett. That is just how good Noel Cruz is as a painter. His three dimensional canvas, in this case, is the original Mattel version of Fawcett. The sculpt was “right on” for the shape and face of Fawcett however the machine paint was not. Cruz is currently at work on Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd for a bid (on those four Charlie’s Angels) to benefit Cancer. Cruz hasn’t just created a few images but over five hundred specialized repaints. He is not only a talented painter but is also an avid Sketch Artist and also specializes in pencil sketching you would swear were photographs. Sitting and talking with Noel, you will find that he is extremely skilled at capturing the essence of an individual down to the slightest hair and style on the dolls head. He manipulates those tresses with water and toothpicks. His capability to capture an individual is as exacting in skill as is the depth of his talent.

Note: The photographs above were taken by Noel Cruz of the commissioned work he did for None are retouched or photoshopped at all.

Me (Steve McKinnis) with Noel Cruz
(photos above are of the commissioned work by Cruz)

1 comment:

  1. Way to go Mr. Cruz you are amazing you should insure your hands hahaha. Wow we share favorite actors my no. one is Farrah and then Lindsey Wagner too, I never liked Wonder Woman. Wishing you more success and Mabuhay ka!!!
    Thank you Mr. Mckinnis for this feature and good health to both of you always...elmer(Pinoy too)


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