Noel Cruz is a doll repaint artist, and an awesome one at that. He’s loved drawing and painting characters from his favorite TV shows since childhood, in particular Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman. But it wasn’t until Cruz first encountered a repainted doll on eBay, thanks to his wife who’s a doll collector, that he thought, “Hey, I could do this too!” And now he’s one of the best in the doll painting community.
It took time and lots of practice for Cruz to adapt his skills from painting on wide, flat canvases to small, smooth plastic doll faces. Today his ability to transform factory-painted character and celebrity dolls into impeccably detailed, lifelike resemblances of the actual people on which they were based 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.
I finished a thing! This is the prettiest hammerhead shark, now in color! The design was originally drawn for my graphic design class but I liked it so much that I had to go and draw it a third time for all the internet to see! It may not be the best or most detailed thing I have ever drawn, but it is mine and I love it.
So I recently did a homework assignment in graphic design class where we had to design black and white animal stamps with endangered species and one of my designs was just the prettiest hammerhead. It is my magnum opus and I had to digitize it. If only to try and drag my ass out of my terrible slump.