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Face Off Season 10 Episode 10: Cyclops!

Published March 18, 2016 by vfdpixie

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.


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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.


Face Off Season 7 Episode 10: Creature High

Published October 1, 2014 by vfdpixie

For the Spotlight Challenge this week, the artists headed back to high school!  Yuck!  My high school years were pretty crappy, but I did make some friends that I still keep in touch with to this day.  The artists shuddered at the though as well, but this challenge was also pretty unique.  Movies like Teen Wolf, Twilight and Harry Potter involved supernatural characters who still found it hard to be a high school student.  The challenge called for the artists to create a fantasy creature high school student that came from a certain high school clique.

Dina picked a Goblin Nerd.  She based her character off of her sister’s bad perm.  Mr. Westmore cautioned her to watch her details because they could end up looking witchy.  She sculpted large nerd glasses with clay and vaccuformed them to make a great prop.  Her makeup was so cute!  The character’s name was Meg Oblin, and she was a band nerd.  She had a band uniform, braces, and the bad perm as promised.  The judges loved the oversized sculpt and great details.  She was safe this week.

Drew created an Emo Faun.  His inspiration was the students he taught at the Tom Savini Makeup School.  He wanted to design a sad goth kid that hung out with emo kids with a touch of Glenn too!  He felt he needed to “bring it” because he was in the bottom last time, so he really focused on being precise.  I really like the hooves he made for the model’s hands out of L200.  His character’s name was Laurence “Devin” Faunda, and he looked great!  The judges loved the clean application and the faun nose.  Glenn loved that the character’s expression reminded him of a painting of Pan.  They all thought it was well done and loved the colour palette and forms.  This makeup put him in the top looks!

Rachael picked a Faun who was in the cheerleader clique.  Her intention was to go the mean but popular girl route.  Mr. Westmore didn’t like the mean look she was sculpting even thought that was what she was going for.  She sculpted horns and did a life cast of her model’s ears to sculpt faun ears, and also created a mold for the faun’s double joint in the calf.  During her application, she had to take a lot of time gluing her pieces down and thought the were too subtle.  She wondered if it was going to be enough.  In last looks, the horns proved to be too heavy so she had to scrap them.  This was hugely disappointing for her.  Courtney Faunda the mean cheerleader didn’t work.  I thought the details were way too subtle.  The judges didn’t like the rough texture and thought it was rough in general.  They thought the frown sculpt was demonic looking, and the faun ears that Glenn actually liked were hidden by hair.  The overly simplistic concept put her in the bottom looks.

Stella created an Emo Minotaur.  She chose to go with a female character and make an overweight goth cow.  Mr. Westmore told her to balance the weight in the overall look of the sculpt if she was going for the fat look.  I don’t know if I am too sensitive, but I felt the overweight cow character was a tad mean with shades of bully, but if she was embracing the horrors of high school, I guess it could fly?  Anyway, she worked on a fuller sculpt and had to scramble to get her mold done.  She let it cure outside in the sun, and hoped for the best.  It came out great, but she had to patch up a lot of air bubbles caused by steam from the heat as it cured.  This character was called Elizabeth Mino, and the judges liked the nose and elegant profile and shapes.  Stella was safe with this makeup.

Cig went for a Minotaur Nerd.  He wanted to go for a red-headed, “gingertaur” with acne.  Mr. Westmore told him to use a mix of colours to create freckled skin, and he used brown, yellow and red to get a natural look.  He also sculpted smaller adolescent horns out of foam and wire.  This was my favourite makeup.  Manny Minotaur was the ultimate nerd.  He had an “atomic wedgie” with his tightie whities hooked onto his horns, a runny nose and a milquetoast look on his face.  They judges thought this was the funniest makeup they had seen!  They loved the character, solid detailing and the consistent colour on the face and arms.  Glenn loved the character’s expression, and they also loved the forms of the nose, mouth and neck.  He was in the top.

Sasha got a Cyclops Cheerleader.  She wanted this girl to be mean, with lots of eyes (?!) and blue skin.  Sasha, Sasha, Sasha!  The Cyclops has one eye.  Mr. Westmore warned her about the multiple eyes because people wouldn’t understand the character.  She panicked a bit and did some sort of re-sculpt, but the character called Olivia Lids still had a row of eyes on the reveal stage.  I really hated this character.  Sasha was afraid the design wouldn’t reflect the challenge and she was right.  It looked more like an alien and that’s what the judges thought.  They said without the pom-poms, they wouldn’t know what it was.  Strange enough, she was safe.  I was not impressed.  I have seen other artists go home for a good design but not getting the challenge, so I am surprised that she is staying.  Sasha really does have four-leaf clovers up the wazoo.

George tackled a Goblin Jock.  He wanted his character to have a thick neck and a flat top hair cut.  Mr. Westmore told him to sculpt out the hair and not create a pointed head.  After he revamped the sculpt, he got more of a vision for the goblin.  He also created a mullet from an existing wig, and despite fixing the jaw, felt the final look was too blocky.  He also had to fix a blotch of red paint he smeared on the goblin’s face.  George was not happy with the makeup, and rightfully so.  It was too plain.  Even though Doug Oblin was Meg Oblin’s sibling, he was the polar opposite.  He lacked any pizzazz, and the judges didn’t understand the shapes.  They thought it needed secondary forms and it was too blocky.  It didn’t read as a goblin but more muppet as Lois observed, and she thought he needed more practice on eyebrows because these were terrible (as well as the ears).  He was in the bottom looks.

This week’s winner was Drew!!  They loved how the colour was blended on the face to guide the eye.  They also felt it was a professional makeup with a near perfect sculpt and told him it was a great time to step up his game.  I am torn with the person going home.  Rachael came to the end of the line because of her missing horns, bad paint and edges, and generally sub par makeup.  They emphasized how important a flawless application was for a subtle makeup which did not happen here.  I’m not sure this was wise, because I think she is a stronger artist than George, but if they are going solely on this particular challenge, it was the right choice.  George does have unique concepts, so hopefully he brushes up his skill to convey his ideas.



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