All posts for the day October 12th, 2013

Face Off: Season 5 Episode 9: So Sinful!

Published October 12, 2013 by vfdpixie

The artist count is down to 5 veterans and 2 newbies on the show.  Laney was really “bummed out” about how everything went down last episode.  She acknowledged the fact that she and Alana couldn’t pull their concepts together, and was heartbroken about Alana’s elimination.  Roy wanted to stake his claim and make the next win instead of being safe.

I, for one, cannot stand being in churches due to my strict Catholic upbringing, so I found this episode really interesting.  Their introduction for the next challenge took place in St Brendan’s Catholic Church.  It was built in 1927, and has been the filming location for films like Fight Club and Spider Man 3.  With its creepy, gothic, and architectural features, it was also the inspiration for their Spotlight Challenge:  The Seven Deadly Sins.  The gang had to created a forbidding character that embodied not only one of the sins, but the colour associated with that sin.  Resident judge Glenn Hetrick was there to advise the artists this time around.  He wanted them to understand the essence of the word (sin) without being too obvious.  Their guest judge for Elimination Day was Bryan Fuller, writer and producer of shows such as Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal.  He was really excited to see what they had created since he has been a fan of the show since the beginning.

Frank took on Gluttony and the colour orange.  He decided to go big with a full body fat suit.  He felt that this makeup would push him, but Roy thought it was going the obvious route, which is what Glenn asked them not to do.  The finished product to me looked like a melting man, and Ve really disliked the neck area, which to her looked like a goiter instead of fat.  Glenn liked the paint job, but thought he was too far off with the out of the box approach.  He also cheaped out and just added the coloured apple they got at the beginning of the challenge to represent orange.

Miranda got Lust and the colour blue.  Her concept was a demon who had the lust for eternal youth and seduced and drank the blood of men to stay young.  She really had some moments of panic, and frustrated the others in the process.  Tate ended up helping her out during her crisis, but Roy gave him a talking to, advising him to be able to say no, and to er, grow some balls.  This is a competition, and it is also the first time I’ve heard someone having to try not to help other contestants!  Her design came out beautifully, with the judges loving the intricate sculpt, symmetry and paint job.  Bryan Fuller pointed out that she could have shown more “T and A” to  look more lustful.  I think she needs to be more confident in her work, because she is just killing the competition with her designs.

Tate got Sloth and light blue.  He was a fan of Dante’s Inferno, so he was really up for the challenge.  He created a person tortured in a pit of snakes, with a spiral staircase to a crown that the tortured soul would never reach.  The judges really liked the story the concept told, and acknowledged that he did a huge amount of work with limited time.

Laura chose the colour red and Wrath.  Her design was of a woman so angry that she tore her own face off.  I loved this look.  It was gruesome and looked so terrifying.  the judges weren’t too critical, and she ended up being safe.

Laney got Greed and yellow.  She interpreted greed as ugly, and created an aging woman with boils and a dress made of money.  This one worked for me as well.  The judges liked how the neck looked, and she too was safe.

Eddie worked on Envy and green.  He created a design that I wasn’t too clear on, but it involved some stained glass eyes and a great architectural sculpt.  He was a little worried that the design wouldn’t translate the sin of Envy, especially when Mr. Westmore warned him, but he made it to next week.

Finally, Roy worked on the colour violet and Pride.  He created a woman who was so vain and took so much pride in her appearance that she kept getting plastic surgery to the point where her skin was bruised purple.  I liked it, but I agreed with the judges because he could have taken it a bit further.  They all agreed that it looked rough, and that he made some bad decisions, like painting on stitches due to lack of time.  Glenn thought it looked like a zombie makeup, and Bryan thought it was a bit abstracted from the sin.  This ended Roy up in the bottom along with Frank which sucked, since Roy was going for a win this time.

Miranda and Tate made it to the top looks.  Tate won because he listened to what Glenn asked for with the challenge.  Roy and Frank ended up at the bottom.  Frank’s “go big” concept got him going home.  The judges thought the look lacked in concept and he was tempted with the “low hanging fruit”.  Ve did think he would go on to do great things though.  Unfortunately, his elimination coincided with the anniversary of his father’s death.  Very sad, but I think Frank will do well in the crazy world of makeup and special fx!

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