Monday, December 17, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Angels Auction is over

Did you miss the eBay auction for Noel Cruz's angels? Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett. Kate went and set a new record for Noel at $5,100.00. The other angels sold, also at new highs over over two thousand dollars each. At this time Noel does not plan to repaint the Angels again. So much like when Farrah was on Charlie's Angels for that one season, then six episode return; it's over!  There was also a record number of registrants for the auction of over two thousand people.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Photo of Kate on eBay!

Kate Jackson on eBay.
You can still bid!

Noel’s eBay listing link is: 

For more of Noel’s work visit his web site at

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kate Jackson debuts tonight on ebay at 6PM

There's only 1 ANGEL left.
1 chance to bid and win
Kate Jackson
Bring an ANGEL home this Christmas!
Only on eBAY

Saturday, December 8, 2012

And then there was 1

There's only 1 ANGEL left.
1 chance to bid and win
Kate Jackson
Bring an ANGEL home this Christmas!
Only on eBAY

Thursday, November 29, 2012

More Shots of Farrah on eBAY auction

They are finally here, each Angel repainted meticulously by Noel Cruz (
The auction will start this evening at 6PM (Pacific Standard Time). 
Each auction will run for three days at the close of the previous auction.
The debut auction begins with Farrah Fawcett who played Jill Munroe 
on the hit ABC series Charlie's Angels in 1976.
You can find Noel Cruz's auction

Charlie's Angels Auction starts tonight


The consecutive three day auctions begin on November 29th
at 6PM [Pacific Standard Time]only on eBay.

Farrah Fawcett
debuts tonight on eBay.

For more of Noel’s work visit his web site at

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Noel Cruz Angel Auction Date Set


The eBay auction will start for the four angels by Noel Cruz.
You can still register for e-mail notification up until November 28, 2012.

You can also go directly to his web site 
or directly to his ebay page here.

Angel Auction begins November 29th 2012 on eBay.
Each Angel will be auctioned separately.
Each auction will last for only three days.

Each auction will begin and end consecutively.
You can still register up until the 28th. 

An e-mail will be sent to all those registered as each Angel goes up for auction.
Your e-mail address will not be shared or sold.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Charlie's Angels by Noel Cruz

All repainted by artist Noel Cruz

Noel Cruz will be painting Charlie's Angels for eBay auction November 2012.
If you want to be reminded of the auction, click the link and register your e-mail address at

Saturday, February 4, 2012

You'll Never Make A Living With Art. The Art of Noel Cruz, Part 1.

You'll Never Make A Living With Art.
The ART and Passion of Noel Cruz, Part 1.
by Steve McKinnis

You might think “Those are photoshopped!” or someone cleverly adjusted photos of dolls to look exactly like the person Noel Cruz painted over on a factory painted doll but, in fact, they aren’t. Noel Cruz has perfected his artistic ability of drawing and painting to a three dimensional canvas of dolls. Tonner, Mattel, Gene, and other doll manufactures’ have seen Cruz repaint their factory produced dolls. Cruz most recently repainted a doll for a very prominent doll manufacturer and technically outlined what he did and how and where on the points of the dolls face.

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. 

Noel Cruz did not start off as an affluent artist born in the lap of luxury. In fact Noel grew up poor and one of six brothers. In 1974 Noel was twelve years old and drawing everything he saw and imagined. Noel did not see a television or television program until he was sent off to live with his Aunt and watched, in amazement, his first program “The Miss Universe Pageant” peeking through the window of his neighbor’s house.  Noel was already an artist at heart. Constantly sketching and drawing and making portraits. But it wasn’t until he saw the parade of different ethnicities walking across the stage in quest of a crown that he became transfixed on the female face and form.  It was shortly thereafter that Noel saw the muse of his future fixation, “Lindsay Wagner” in The Bionic Woman.  Noel was hooked on Jaime Sommers, played by the beautiful and talented Lindsay Wagner and began sketching her. Smiling, running, whatever Lindsay did, he would sit and watch and draw and sketch. Trying to capture and recapture whatever it was that Lindsay did as Jaime.

“In the Philippines, what your Parents tell you is Wisdom. They told me to be an accountant. That I would never make a living at art. So, that is what I did.”

(Left to Right) Noel's son James Cruz, Noel, Lindsay Wagner and Noel's wife Emma.
 Noel shared with me that he and his brother would race home and, from memory, try to re-draw everything they had seen while watching The Bionic Woman.  Noel’s infatuation and admiration for Lindsay aka Jaime grew and did not dissipate over time.  His passion for drawing her and other personalities never diminished even in the wake of an unsupportive family who quickly and consistently denounced art and his talents.  Born in the Philippines and growing up poor, Noel said, “In the Philippines, what your Parents tell you is Wisdom. They told me to be an accountant. That I would never make a living at art. So, that is what I did.”

Cruz was not happy studying accounting. Noel had no passion for numbers or the classes he was fortunate enough to be able to attend.  His truth and his heart were for art.  His sketches now resembled photographs. Meticulous pencil work that you could swear was traced or a scan of a photograph.

His family and his friends would often shower him with accolades about his prowess as an artist but still their support was not in his abilities as an artist but solely on the pursuit of life as an accountant.  It was while Noel was living with his Aunt and attending school for accounting that he became deeply hurt and struggled with the negativity that his Aunt showered upon him daily about him “never amounting to anything.” Cruz was verbally abused by his Aunt and began to doubt and believe that he could achieve anything, let alone his pursuits as an accountant.

Fast Forward.

It’s 2012 and Noel Cruz has just posted his latest repaint, a replica of Angelina Jolie.  Cruz is now a much sought after re-paint artist with a stellar reputation for his strikingly accurate and beautiful repaints of the famous that garner thousands of dollars on a weekly basis.  Cruz has repainted over five hundred dolls in just ten years.

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.

Exacting and then Perfection. The Process of Making Angelina Jolie

Cruz has an exacting method to his “madness” and he does not settle or compromise his pursuit as an artist in any way, shape or form and that “perfectionism” that he strives for is why his repaints can demand the amounts that they are reaching on Ebay as well as his commissioned work.  Currently Noel does not take commissions as his schedule and production list is long and lengthy.  Cruz’s passion for repaints have drawn the attention of top doll making companies like Mattel and others to seek him out and meet with him for his thoughts and expertise on the art of painting a dolls face.

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.

Cruz has painted Farrah Fawcett, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the cast of the Twilight Series and hundreds of others.  You can see more of his work through his web site
Noel Cruz and his wife have one son and reside in Anaheim California.

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)