This Artist Takes Terrible Dolls and Turns Them Into Masterpieces

Have you ever noticed how toymakers never quite got the hang of celebrity likenesses? There’s a few artisanal companies that will sell you a lifelike Tony Stark for 400 dollars, but even then the results are unnervingly off-model and lumpy (except for the Mickey Rourke dolls, which are accurately lumpy). That’s where Noel Cruz comes in. He’s an artist that takes existing dolls and carefully repaints them to look more like their intended celebrity effigy. 

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'The Girl on Fire' 
Portrait of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, from the movie The Hunger Games.
Portrait created using coloured pencil. Background created using a bookpage from the first Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins.