As Corinne and George discuss her win, George expressed how he wanted to do and individual challenge to show his skill. Ask and you shall receive, sir!
This time around, the artists head to Point Dume State Beach in Malibu which has been featured in films like Iron Man and the original Planet of the Apes. McKenzie told them the beach could also be the perfect home for dragons. She presented them with shields damaged by the following: freezing, corrosion, charring, quills, sandblasting, slime, or tarring. For the first individual Spotlight Challenge, they were to pick a shield and create a dragon that could have caused the damage.
Daniel created a dragon that had slimed a shield. His character had been outcast from the other dragons, and waited to reunite with its mate. The judges did not like this makeup. They thought the chest looked like armour, and the palette was “uncomfortable”. Neville thought the kimono costuming ruined the concept. Glenn also added that there were no dragon elements like horns, teeth or wings. In fact, one of the judges thought it looked like a sea creature. He ended up in the bottom looks.
Rashaad picked tarred and created a thick and heavy-looking dragon. That dude has talent! I really liked this character. It looked like it was straight from a video game. The judges were floored by all the work he did in such a short amount of time. They felt it looked like a team effort. They thought he had a great sense of form, splendid paint technique, and they liked the wings as well. The sculpt, paint and volume of work really blew them away. He was in the top looks.
Chloe chose the sandblasted theme. She created a seahorse type dragon. Her concept was plagued with problems. From locking molds to a cowl she had to cut in half, this makeup was barely completed in time. She was “heartbroken” and felt it was one of the worst makeups she had ever done. Sadly, she was right. It was a bit of a mess, but the judges acknowledged the detail in her sculpt. She was terrified that she was going home, but miraculously, she was safe.
Tyler went with the frozen shield, and created a vulture-like scavenger dragon. He was really good with his time, and finished his sculpting in such an efficient way that he was able to make wings for his concept. He also used the vacuform to create icicles for the creature’s head. His love for dragons showed because it was a great concept. I really loved the paint job and the teeth. The judges loved this concept and thought it had “creepy elegance”. They thought he made intelligent choices and that he had created the best set of wings on the show. Because of this brilliant concept and smart decisions, he was in the top looks.
Graham picked the slimed shield. His concept was a gross, slobbering, and dog-like dragon. He also used vacuform to create bubbles and multiple eyes for his dragon. I liked how he incorporated slime and stuck debris on the creature. It was a pretty solid look and kept him safe for this week.
Niko worked on a quilled dragon who was a slave and wanted revenge. His chest piece cracked, and after helping Chloe with her locked mold, realized he was a bit behind with his time. I didn’t like the paint job. The judges liked the profile of the quills at the side and back of the head, but thought the sculpting and application was rough and the design not proportionate. Glenn also pointed out that the eye couldn’t find a place to go. He was in the bottom looks.
Matt (tarred), Tanner (charred), and Daran (corrosion), all ended up safe. I liked Daran’s creature. It looked rusted and I loved how the jaw was corroded down to bone. The other two makeups were kind of a mess (sorry, not gonna lie!). I am surprised that Matt was safe as I thought his middle eastern concept had nothing to do with his tarred choice, and the dragon wasn’t dragon-like.
Corrine worked with corrosion and created a treasure hoarding dragon that spit acid to protect its treasure. Her dragon had a nice profile, but she was not happy with it. Lucky for her, she was safe. Cat picked the frozen shield, and created an almost pretty dragon. I liked her colour choices and the face sculpt. This design kept her safe as well.
Tess also chose quilled. She was having trouble sculpting and ended up behind. Her concept was a dragon that used its quills and feathers as arrows. Her leg pieces were not coming off the forms, and she had to cut them off. The judges liked the concept but felt that the gluing and paint was rough. The head-piece was also crooked and they would have liked to have seen the model’s chin integrated into the makeup. She was in the bottom looks.
George picked the charred shield, and went with a volcanic look. His dragon was a knight who had fallen in love with a wizard’s wife and was thrown into the pits of Hell. The judges really liked the forms, design and horn placement. Ve thought it looked like a Chinese dragon, with the fire bronzed metal look. Neville thought the idea wasn’t new but it was a beautiful makeup. He was in the top looks.
The winner out of the top looks was Tyler. They thought he had a brilliant concept and made smart decisions. The person to go home was Daniel. They thought that the makeup was confused with the sculpt and colour and the didn’t see a dragon in the makeup.
I really enjoyed this challenge. I love dragons, and the contestants really showed their skills this time around. I can see that despite the nerves, this is a really strong bunch. Really enjoying the fact that there isn’t any drama too (hope I’m not speaking too soon!).