A Focus Challenge would be up this week. To tease us nerds excited about the new show The Expanse, a mystery/conspiracy that takes place 200 years in the future where humans adapt to changing environments, the top six artists would have to re-imagine how humans evolve. To give them some advice this challenge, Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, the creators of The Expanse, told them to think about the ways the environment would affect the way humans evolved, for instance, how different degrees of gravity would affect human physiology. McKenzie had a set of disaster/hazard signs for them to choose from in order to create their evolved humans, and reminded them this challenge was all about the quality of the work and how well their edges were blended.
Nora picked toxic pollution. She wanted to create a natural respirator for her character, but had trouble once again as inspiration escaped her. She became overwhelmed with the sculpt, and even though Evan came to comfort her, she was extremely upset and frustrated. After some refocusing from Mr. Westmore, she started over again. She created what the judges recognized as her signature style, and liked the sculpt. They didn’t like the paint job and the artificial veining, but she was safe this week.
Scott created character that survived a nuclear fallout. He went with a cockroach inspired makeup because they would most definitely survive that! His ideas for a segmented exoskeleton started out as a great sculpt, but it made Mr. Westmore come back after his walk-through to express concern with Scott’s concept. He was afraid that this would get him eliminated and didn’t want that to happen. Scott got the message, and although he was a bit panicked, revamped his design to look more human and less alien or too far evolved. The judges loved the tiny ears, forms and great textures. Thankfully he was safe this week too.
Jordan got the ice age. He came up with a character that retained heat from the folds of skin on his face and would have a large beard. Mr. Westmore told him to fix the cartoony aspect of the nose and lower lip, and Jordan carried on from there. He made a beard with beads and some jute, and layered it all after he painted his sculpt. I really liked the sculpt of what the judges called a cross between Big Foot and Santa. They meant this in a good way, because they loved everything about the makeup. The paint, details and sensible concept got him into the top looks.
Ben had volcanic disaster. He wanted to create a character that evolved with the ash to create a crust on the skin to protect from the elements. He sculpted cracks on the skin to look like volcanic rock but stuck to human anatomy. He was told to watch the metallic paint finish he had planned so the makeup didn’t look like a robot. In the end, he couldn’t get the hair to look good with the rest of the makeup. The judges weren’t happy with it either. Ve thought it looked like a toasted marshmallow, and Glenn thought the details were dodgy. It wasn’t an evolution, more like a skin condition, and that put him in the bottom.
Evan’s lizard/human hybrid would survive a severe drought. He was all about gills and a water retaining vaccuform piece on the forehead. He had to go deeper with the texture so he wouldn’t lose detail when painting. He spent a lot of time in the mold room flashing to get his edges perfect. Glenn thought it was the best work he had done, and Neville liked his concept and design choices. His clean edges and colour choices put him in the top looks.
Stevie worked on a character that evolved to live in a time of polar melting. This half-fish half-human would adapt with a gilled nose and streamlined features like a fish or dolphin. Mr. Westmore told her not to scale the entire face, and she created a tool from a popsicle stick to get her scales on. She used a human flesh tone and drybrushed iridescent paint and clear coat for sheen. She hated the paint, and the judges thought the symmetry was crooked. The gills weren’t right for Neville, and Ve didn’t like the colours. She was in the bottom looks.
The winner was Evan once again. The judges loved the risks he took, the story and all the details. Stevie would be going home. They felt she let too many details slide, but loved her ideas and attitude and were sad to see her go. Stevie felt she had grown and is definitely more confident as a result of being part of the show. Good to see another talent ready to take on the world!