Noel Cruz is, in my opinion, an ace-artist when it comes to portraits. I came across his repaints when google-ing up doll repaints and found his beautiful, beautiful portraits on Ashton Drake's Gene. Of course, it was his interpretation of Scarlett that captured my attention.
It was fortunate that he was Filipino like me because it easily gave us a connection. Emailing him, I was also fortunate to receive his kind and generous reply. A busy person as he is, I could never imagine my idol in doll repainting replying to my emails. It was also timely as he had done something which captured my interest even more and increased my adulation for
his talent - Tonner's Scarlett in the Twelve Oaks day dress. I was amazed at how he was able to patiently lay on detail after detail on the doll, how his repaint captured light and shadow creating the most realistic and life-like feature possible. Unparalleled and unsurpassed, his repaints remain to be my standard when it comes to doll repainting. See more of his repaints in www.ncruz.com.
After doing his second Tonner Scarlett (Kissing Ashley Goodbye), he was very kind to have sent me an email with a picture of this doll dressed in Franklin Mint's "curtain dress"; a photograph he never posted in ebay nor in his site. I share this now with you all, my little Noel Cruz token of his talent and friendship.