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Face Off Season 11 Episode 3: Monster High Comes to Life!

Published February 9, 2017 by vfdpixie

 

Even though I’m literally 900 years old and had only a vague idea of the subject matter for this week, the artists seemed really jazzed and it was a fun challenge.

The gang headed to Mattel Headquarters where they met McKenzie and V.P. of Design, Natasha Berling to find out their next Immunity Challenge. The popular characters of Monster High were up for interpretation this week. The artists had to create realistic versions of these kids of iconic monsters and they would have to be ready for the big screen. Natalie told them the characters were all about individuality, kindness and acceptance. Her advice to them was to focus on the doll’s uniqueness and push their styles. The teams also got help with their concepts with two of the lead designers at Mattel, Natalie Villegas and Rebecca Shipman. Oh and another catch: Instead of the regular judges, a focus group of Monster High “superfans” would help pick the winner along with Natasha.

Tyler and Emily got Draculaura. Natalie told them to go with a frilly look. Tyler made some bat wings that were morphing out of her collarbone and Emily created a wig for her pink and black hair. Things went smoothly for them, and the focus group loved her. One fan thought she was a cross between a Disney princess and Dracula, and the others like that they hit all the marks with the character with the organic bat collar and skin tone. Only one person thought she wasn’t casual enough, but the play on Draculaura celebrating her sweet 1600 got them into top looks.

Rachel and Gage brought Venus McFlytrap to life. They wanted to integrate vines with her look as well as a pet flytrap plant. Mr. Westmore helped them with an idea to tack hair and the appliance to the model but the face piece ripped in a few places so they had to repair it and scramble to put on a beauty makeup. I wasn’t a fan of this look. I thought the mouth was a bit harsh. The group liked it better up close, but some felt the paint was too flat (I agree). She did look like the doll to them so they were pleased with that.

Niko and Cat had Clawdeen Wolf. The wanted to create a fashionista with a wolf nose and beauty makeup. Mr. Westmore told them not to bury the wolf ears under hair and to go subtle with the face. Niko tried to lay fur pieces on the model but it looked weird, so they opted out for hair that he curled on the model’s limbs. I didn’t like the paint on the face as it looked muddy, and the group didn’t like the fur, but the nose worked for them.

Logan and Adam were lucky this was an Immunity Challenge week. They got Abbey Bominable. They didn’t have a full concept except that she was a snowboarder. Natalie loved that idea and told them to go towards a Yeti look. Mr. Westmore told them they had to work on the nose since she was a teen and it had to be pretty. They had to scrap the whole face piece in the end and start over again. They also worked on a pet mammoth in a carry case. I didn’t like the nose on the character. The group felt it looked too much like Harry Potter’s Voldemort.

Keaghlan and Melissa had Cleo De Nile. She was part mummy. They didn’t want to emphasize bandages, and wanted to create a full face piece. Mr. Westmore told them they had to have great edges for the face piece to work. When they put it on the model, it ended looking like a “bad drag queen makeup”, so during last looks, they took it off and did a beauty makeup. I didn’t like the paint as it also looked muddy. The group liked the subtle bandage details and the hieroglyphics.

Ben and Evan worked on Skelita Calaveras. They sculpted flat bone details to glue to the models’ arms and legs. She turned out beautifully with Natasha loving all the details. The group thought she stayed true to the character and they would definitely see a live action movie with her in it. They also loved how glam she looked and the shading done on the bones.

Cig and George got Lagoona Blue. The wanted to go all out and create gills, scales and fins on her. The guys hadn’t done a beauty make up in years if at all, but they had nothing to fear. After practicing on each other, they knocked it out of the park with metallic accents and a beautiful face sculpt. Natasha felt they captured the essence of the character and pushed her to another level. The fans loved the metallic touches and the overall fresh version of the doll.

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The team that won immunity was Cig and George!! Everyone loved that they had fun with the character and pushed her to a new level. The was a bonus prize as well: they would get a prize pack from Mattel, Monster High products and highlighted on Mattel’s social media network. I’m glad they won!

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Face Off Season 11 Episode 2: The Good and Bad of It

Published February 9, 2017 by vfdpixie

The second episode of season 11 took us to church where the gang had to work on their good and bad sides. McKenzie wanted them to create an angel and devil but it had to be on the same model. The artists had to use their own good and bad traits to inspire the makeups., and the judges had to see an angel and devil clearly in the makeup.

Gage and Rachel used selfishness and emotionally giving as their inspiration. They created an angel with a parasitic demon emerging from her back. During the walkthrough, they were advised to create separate devil and angel wings since the makeup was too devilish looking. They decided on a laced finger look on the angel’s back. They had to revise the finger effect when they realized they lacked definition. Overall the look was good, but I thought the paint on the face was too flat and missing definition. The judges liked the back but though the paint was muddy. They were safe.

Ben and Evan were determined to do better this time. Their concept was similar, with a selfless angel and a consuming devil. During his sculpt, Ben started to become doubtful and decided to start over. That was the right choice. Their makeup was more literal, and the guys were pleased with the outcome. The judges loved the makeup. Glenn thought the devil was classic looking in an old school way, and the angel was exquisite to them. This well thought out makeup put them in the top looks.

Keaghlan and Melissa created an angel consumed by a self-critical devil. Keaghlan sculpted the face and Melissa did the torso, each working in statue details. Melissa had to redo their halo, but their concept was great. I thought it was beautiful makeup and they were safe this week.

Jasmine and Stella had trouble getting their concept together. Mr. Westmore told them they needed to work on the look since it was 90% devil. They were worried but then focused on their own shared trait: stubbornness. Their concept would be a bullish devil with an open heart. The broken wings Stella wanted didn’t set properly in the mold, so she had to start over again. The makeup didn’t really come together. The judges felt it didn’t make sense and it was an incomplete concept. Their forms and concept put them in the bottom looks.

Logan and Adam focused on lust and protection. Their archangel would struggle with a lustful demon coming out of him. Mr. Westmore told them to put more expression on the face emerging from the angel’s chest. Adam was worried about their paint job since there was a lot of detail. It did end up taking them a long time to finish, and the judges also though this concept didn’t make sense. It lacked proper proportions and the colours were muddy. They too were in the bottom looks.

Cig and George created an angel who was weighed down with self-doubt in the way of a heavy stone she carved out. She had a stained glass halo that Cig made from L200 and vaccumform. Their abstract look struck Glenn as slightly Native American with the halo. They were safe.

Niko and Cat worked on jealousy and loyalty. They went with a bride who was rotting from the inside. Mr. Westmore told Niko to be careful with the dark makeup they wanted to put on half the model’s face. He would lose definition if it was too dark. Niko also created wings with armature wire which took a lot of time. The final look really worked and impressed the judges, especially with the wings which were anatomically correct. The beauty makeup also made them happy, and the veining on the other half of the face was done well as well. They were in the top.

Tyler and Emily created an angel who was corroding from guilt. They wanted to create a bronze statue and layered their paint job for the effect. Glenn loved the head-piece and the work on the look of corrosion. The head really was beautiful. This put them in top looks, and it was a great birthday present for Tyler, who was celebrating it with his Face Off family. The judges thought it was gorgeous even though it didn’t convey the challenge.

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The winner was Cat and Niko!! They made smart choices and captured the spirit of the challenge.

The team going home was Jasmine and Stella. They were in the bottom two times already, and this week’s character was confused. They were proud to make it this far, and the judges loved their work.

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