As the bottom artists reeled from the decision to keep them on the show, they met McKenzie on the USCGC George Cobb, a US Coast Guard vessel that protects American maritime interest. To mark the USCG’s 225th anniversary, McKenzie took them out on a thrilling boat ride to reveal the next Spotlight Challenge. Once again in teams of two, they were to create a deadly and beautiful sea siren, in the tradition of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Their inspiration would come from a choice of beautiful and deadly sea creatures.
Sidney and Omar picked the Portuguese Man o’ War. They aimed to create a warrior princess. Omar worked on the cowl and realized that it started to look like a dinosaur head instead of a beautiful siren, so he had to redo it on day 2. He faded some fins onto the back of the head and got rid of some bulk as well. Sidney made tentacles from latex, and Omar made a staff from foam corroded with acetone. They ran into some trouble with the seams on their cowl, and in the end, Omar thought they didn’t have enough to show with only a cowl and a staff compared to the others. The judges thought the forms were random, and Ve thought the wardrobe was the best part. She pointed out how helmety the cowl was; and the paint wasn’t natural and didn’t represent the actual sea creature inspiration. The “Cabbage Patch fish” was not appealing and put them in the bottom.
Brittany and Nora chose the Flabellina Nudibranch, which is a sea slug. They planned on a face and chest piece, and Mr. Westmore told them to be careful that the chest piece wasn’t too subtle. The girls were happy that both their face and chest matched, and hoped the fine tips of the sculpt would come out in the mold. They didn’t, so Nora created them out of thinly cut makeup sponges, which showed their fast thinking and ingenuity. Brittany cleverly fixed some e-wire into a bright orange wig to make the siren glow. This was my favourite makeup. The colours were vibrant and I loved the forehead piece. The judges liked the forms, and Glenn thought they used wise restraint with their decisions. Ve thought the hair brought in the colour of the creature and Neville liked the tendrils. Their siren put them in the top looks.
Ricky and Ben got the Blue Sea Slug. They wanted to create a bustier type chest with ridges and some flamboyant feathers Ricky made. Their siren came out scary with great colour and they were safe. Scott and Stevie had a Blue Ringed Octopus. They made an octopus cowl with tentacles but wanted to keep it beautiful. Stevie made a mold for silicone suckers and their colourful makeup also kept them safe. Jordan and Jasmine used the Yellow Boxfish for inspiration and wanted their siren to have a bondage look with a poisonous touch. Mr. Westmore warned them about the head looking too cap-like, and they heeded the warning to create a bright and beautiful siren. Even thought the judges thought the shapes fought the anatomy, they too were safe.
Jason and Evan took on the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. They came up with an assassin geisha, and wanted to make a really beautiful cowl. They had some mold trouble and ended up having to break it open, but didn’t have too much patching to do. The end result looked a bit like drag makeup. The judges thought the application was sloppy and Glenn thought the siren was hit with paint ball pellets. Despite the criticism, they were safe.
Kevon and Meg chose the Textured Cone Snail. They came up with a siren that played an instrument and released pheromones from her fingertips. Mr. Westmore had to tell them straight up that the face looked like it had an accident. Meg used his critique to create a more beautiful shape, using a fluted shape on the forehead. Kevon used polyfoam on the large head-piece he was making and almost ruined a piece Ben was working on as the foam erupted everywhere. Meg did the beauty makeup and their siren was interesting. She had scary teeth and a large shell head. I wasn’t thrilled with the colours, but the judges loved the gorgeous blending and Glenn thought they focused on the right details. Ve thought it was creepy and beautiful, and Neville thought there was the right amount of beauty or else would be bland. They were in the top.
Missy and Libby got the Sturgeon Fish. Mr. Westmore told them to mimic the cowl on the chest. Libby used feather spines to create fish bones, but the trouble came when they girls started painting. They envisioned different things, and in last looks, Missy thought they had strayed from the inspiration. The siren was scary but too dark. The judges noted the confused forms and textures that disappeared with the paint. They liked the profile but the transition didn’t work. Ve thought it wasn’t alluring and although the sculpting was good, it didn’t speak to the challenge. They were in the bottom.
The top team was Kevon and Meg. The judges liked the character and adventurous chest piece. Meg won since her makeup was a balance of beautiful and deadly.
There were two artists going home this time. Sidney for his minimal contribution and Omar for the cabbage cowl. They weren’t discouraged and planned to carry on. They should be proud that they made on the show! Onward and upward, boys!