This week, the artists realized how much they needed to keep their game going. Roy decided to be true to himself and do him. In other words, go big!
The six remaining artists got to the lab where they were met by McKenzie and Patrick Tatopolous, former Face Off judge (2011-2012). How I missed his chocolate, caramel fondue accent! Sigh! He was there to judge a pretty cool Foundation Challenge. They had to create their own version of the Grim Reaper. His advice to them was to stay universal with the looks and make sure their designs were relatable. The winner would be granted immunity. This was one of my favourite challenges and the artists really went for it with their designs. I really loved Eddie’s tree inspired face, Laura’s mouth-less, creepy Grim Reaper, and Tate’s Hades inspired bearded character. Laura won because she used prosthetics pieces in a unique way that made them look like a full sculpt.
For the Spotlight Challenge, they headed to the legendary Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip. Founded in 1979, it was home to comedic greats like Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. It is also one of the most haunted locations in Los Angeles, and some have reported seeing Groucho Marx’s ghost in the offices. Ve was there to advise them on how to create an original ghost character that was funny and scary at the same time. She was the mastermind behind Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice makeup, and was the perfect go to for input. Her suggestion? To create makeups that looked creepy and scary, but “bitchin'” and fun.
Laura created a nerdy scientist that got blown up in his lab, but wasn’t aware of it yet. She did a great job with his green sickly colour and goofy face. The judges though it was “superb”, and acknowledged all the work she put into the design. They thought the edges were beautiful, and that it could be part of the Beetlejuice world. Neville thought, however, that it could have been funnier. Due to her immunity win, she was safe.
Roy really went for it and created a little person Vaudevillian brother team where one brother carried the other. They were alcoholics and got run over by a streetcar. His design was clever, using the model’s legs for the bottom brother, and her hidden arms to operate both sets of the characters’ arms. The judges laughed out loud, and Glenn though it was genius. He really loved the arm gag, and the face on the lower half looked realistic and funny.
Tate created a ghost called Bone Cap Bill, a wild west character that got scalped and hosted a children’s show in the underworld. He did a huge amount of work, and I loved the design. He ended up being safe. The detail on his sculpting was amazing and I thought he should have won.
Laney came up with a guitarist called Electro-cute. She was electrocuted during a rain storm at an outdoor festival. I liked it but it didn’t seem funny to me. The face sculpt confused Glenn, in fact he “loathed” it, and Ve though she looked like a punk rock alien. Neville though Laney needed to stop putting herself into all her designs. He did point out that she is ambitious even though they all thought she didn’t satisfy the challenge.
Miranda’s ghost was an 18th century duchess who cut off her husband’s head and still scolded it. It was well done, but I didn’t think it was funny or scary. The judges didn’t like that the paint job was monotone. At least she made it to the next round.
Finally, Eddie came up with an angry baseball player who threw his bat and it lodged itself in his head. Eddie struggled with his concept, and changed it midway. He was intimidated with Roy’s over the top makeup, and I think he kind of lost steam. The judges referred to his sculpt as an “artichoke head” and thought the concept was just weird. To them, it didn’t tell a story and didn’t feel like a ghost. He and Laney ended up with the bottom looks. Roy and Laura took the top looks, with Roy winning this time around. I was so happy for him! He said he was going to do Roy, and he did. The judges loved that the look showed his unique style and that it worked so well.
Eddie was the one to go home. Neville pointed out that he was young and had a long way ahead of him. They thought he had a bold aesthetic. I loved that he showed his skill as a true artist, and he should be proud that he lasted this long against some awesome competitors.