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The ART and Passion of Noel Cruz, Part 1.
by Steve McKinnis
The reality is this; many doll companies do not and can not replicate what
Noel Cruz does because it takes a human eye and hand to meticulously put the strokes of paint on to the dolls face to shade, curve and contrast what then becomes the image of those being replicated.
Cruz has mastered what most artists struggle with; teeth, the balance between shadow and light and most importantly, the ability to capture the essence of someone extremely well known and photographed.
“The problem with mass produced dolls is the face paint. It is virtually impossible to recreate small scale features and shades by a mechanical production line,”
- Noel Cruz.
Clearly, it is a problem as famous nods to those passed and living do not resemble those depicted. “Doll collectors are becoming very savvy and demanding that the dolls look like the celebrity.” Cruz does believe the talent is there but the cost is why the mass produced dolls are not technically accurate. “I can see that the sculpt is there but the facial paint it not.”