This week, the remaining 5 artists headed back to the lab to find McKenzie with a selection of gruesome, otherworldly eyeballs in apothecary jars. They had to create their own Cyclops character in the tradition of other Greek mythological creatures like the Kraken and Medusa. They were all really excited for this Focus Challenge, and would be working with models 6’4 to 7 feet tall for that extra special cyclopean terror. Their guest judge on the reveal stage would be Douglas Smith who played Tyson the Cyclops in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Mel got a more human-looking eyeball and decided to create a human/husky hybrid crossbred for the military. She had trouble with the eye placement and tried to make it look natural. Mr. Westmore suggested she veer away from the dog idea, since it could look silly. He told her to work on the jowls more, and she came up with a more alien look. She also attempted to create a Mohawk with a bald cap ala Dick Smith and Taxi Driver. It didn’t quite work, and the eye looked googly. She tried putting a gloss on the paint job for more dimension, but in her words, it was a “disaster”. The judges laughed when they saw the character, but it wasn’t supposed to be funny. There were too many strange shapes for them, and they didn’t like the jowls. Glenn thought there were too many ideas going on, Neville thought it was silly, but Douglas thought it was an interesting idea. She was in bottom looks.
Rob picked a brilliant blue eye with a pupil that made him think of an aquatic creature. He created a cyclops that forged Poseidon’s trident. Rob used an eye form and screws to create a permanent socket for the eye in the mold. All the artists used this technique for their creations. He decided to move the eye to the mouth area, but realized that it didn’t work. He had to start over 3 hours into the challenge, and was panicked. Mr. Westmore suggested he make the mouth bigger and widen the eye. There was also trouble with Rob seeing the symmetry in the makeup, so Yvonne helped him. He felt pressured because he’s been in top looks so often he had to maintain his standing. He was the last to go into the mold room, and Melissa was good enough to help him get the clay out of his mold. His paint job involved a bright yellow and blue, which he liked, in fact, it was his favourite paint job so far. He added quills that struggled to stay put, but the final makeup was really great. Douglas thought the character looked regal and scary at the same time, and the judges loved the colour combo. Neville thought there was a strong silhouette, form and graphics in the makeup, and this put Rob in top looks.
Walter picked a pink and purple eye. His son of Hades would be a demigod. He created wrinkles around the eye so the model could see, but that would come back to haunt him later. Mr. Westmore suggested a lavender skin tone, and Walter added quills as well to his makeup. He was first in the mold room, and practiced his painting techniques to get ahead of the game, but the bald cap wouldn’t stay down. He also had an issue matching the body paint with the face, and took a risk because this was a Focus Challenge for the face, so he wasted time with the body painting. The judges thought the wrinkles didn’t make sense, and they saw the lifting bald cap. They thought it was a good attempt, but some anatomical issues made the eye look wrong. He would be in bottom looks.
Melissa picked a reptilian eye. She went with a reptilian monster warrior, using the eyelash viper as a reference. She had always wanted to do a cyclops and a reptile makeup, so she naturally combined the two. Mr. Westmore told her to keep the base coat of her paint job lighter so you could see all the detail of her sculpting. She used yellows and greens to lighten up the paint, and also pulled from the reticulated python for a pattern. She did an incredible job! The judges were wowed by all the work she did in such little time. Doug loved the hole detailing on the sides of the character’s face, and Glenn thought the melding of birds and reptile for the challenge was brilliant. Ve thought it was beyond complex, and with these rave reviews, Melissa was in top looks.
Yvonne’s eye was purple, white and red, so she decided to go a more traditional route for her cyclops. He was Satan’s blacksmith, and he would have classic devil horns. Rob had to help her out with the design of the browbone. She wasn’t pleased with the sculpt but had to move on to sculpting because she was running out of time. She used classic Devil red and black for her paint job. The eyelid drooped too much, but she had zero time to address it. On the reveal stage, the judges thought the colours were monotone, and the horns contrived. Douglas like that the makeup had full mobility of the mouth as an actor, and Ve thought it was a clean makeup with nice edges. She was safe.
The winner this week was Melissa for her incredibly detailed, set-ready work. The person going home was Mel. Her makeup didn’t come together BUT the judges decided to use the one-time immunity on her!! She was super grateful, and was warned to make it count. She could now join the ranks of the other stressed-out artists as they make their way to the finale.