New York artist brings celebrity dolls to life

Noel Cruz spends most of his life with dolls. He is a doll repaint artist, and an extraordinary one at that.

In fact Cruz, who is based in the U.S., is one of the most versatile and distinguished repaint artists in the doll community, and is most recognized for his character and celebrity based dolls. He has loved drawing and painting characters from his favorite TV shows since childhood, especially Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers aka The Bionic Woman.

It wasn't until Cruz first encountered a repainted doll on, thanks to his doll collecting wife, that he thought, "Hey, I could do this too!" And now he's one of the best in the doll painting community.

Today, his ability to transform factory-painted character and celebrity dolls into impeccably detailed, lifelike resemblances of the people they were based on puts the original dolls to shame.

Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill - something that Cruz has.