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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 10 Episode 9: Valkyrie Goddesses and Genies!

Published March 10, 2016 by vfdpixie

This was another cool episode.  The show started right into a Foundation Challenge where the winner would walk away with immunity.  The artists found models with gorgeous wings waiting for them.  McKenzie told them they had to create a Valkyrie warrior Goddess and draw on Norse mythology.  Their guest judge would be Emmy-award winning makeup artist Douglas Noe, who worked on Thor and Pulp Fiction.  He wanted to see shapes, angles and a colour palette that wasn’t garish. He also wanted to see a story without using words.

Robert had an interesting concept.  Instead of a beauty makeup, he emphasized the warrior aspect and used blood splatter as on top of the warrior paint.  Walter used reds and blacks for his goddess who collected dead warriors that died by fire.  Melissa created a fallen warrior who transformed into a Valkyrie with a white forehead and ring detail.  Yvonne went for a mother Nature vibe.  Douglas like her use of colour, Melissa’s concept and clear vision, and wanted Walter to go further with his colour choices.  The winner was Melissa, who would now have immunity.  She’s been lucky with bypassing the gauntlet and this immunity win.

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For the Spotlight Challenge, genies were the dish of the day.  The gang had to choose from different vessels to create a mischievous genie character.  Bill Corso would be their next guest judge for this challenge, who worked on Deadpool, Star Wars:  The Force Awakens and Foxcatcher.

Rob chose a heavily carved vessel with Mayan details.  His concept involved a primitive culture that finds the vessel and releases a genie who becomes a deity.  Mr. Westmore told him to make the nose more prominent to mimic the Incan or Maya detailing.  Rob liked his concept but realized creating symmetry was really difficult.  He wanted perfection but was running out of time.  He ended up with a ton of details to finish in last looks, and didn’t get all of the body painted, but it was a great look regardless.  The judges thought it was unique and successful up close.  He made solid and daring decisions, and Neville thought the Mayan details and cultural references were great.  Bill thought the colour and design was smart and beautiful.  He was in top looks.

Mel’s gazelle covered vessel inspired her to create a human/gazelle hybrid.  She was having a hard time sculpting something that didn’t look like a cat.  Mr. Westmore suggested she use the patterns in the vessel which were a bit more obvious than the  animal concept.  This would eat some of her time up, but she used cups and plastic tubing to mimic the designs in the vessel.  She wasn’t thrilled, but it was something.   She used teal, bronze, gold and silver with black to give the paint finish an aged look.  Gluing on the lips was a bit of an issue, but she finally got the makeup finished.  The judges could see the rough application, and the arbitrary design.  Neville thought it wasn’t an attractive makeup, and Bill thought it wasn’t anatomically feasible.  She was in bottom looks.

Walter picked a vessel accented with dragons.  He wanted to do a reptilian-witch character.  He was in his element since he really loved the fantasy genre, and really wanted a win this challenge.  Mr. Westmore liked the witch nose he sculpted, and Walter was happy with his work.  He ran into some trouble when he was molding his cowl.  He had to rush it and with the help of the other artists, cracked it open but thankfully it came out nicely.  His paint job consisted of black and gold, and the makeup turned out amazing!  The judges loved the sculpting, consistent scaling and metallic paint.  Glenn thought it fulfilled the challenge with the mischievous genie and told a story.  He was in top looks.

Yvonne created an elephant genie to match the vibe of her vessel.  She didn’t really have any problems except for some patching on the cowl.  She did another amazing paint job with lots of highlight and contour to give the character a lot of dimension, but the judges didn’t think it read genie and it wasn’t appropriate for the challenge.  Melissa’s genie was just weird.  She had a metallic finish with what the judges thought looked like a disease detailing.  She was lucky she had immunity.  Yvonne was also in the safe zone this week.

Robert went weird again, and decided on a cat genie demon that partied a lot.  Mr. Westmore told him to go more fantasy instead of a literal cat, and Robert suggested to add horns to the face.  He didn’t do a cowl; focusing on the genie’s face.  He had some issues with the chin staying down, but was able to sort it out.  His genie was….interesting.  The judges thought it was inappropriate for the challenge, and too goofy.  Bill felt the ears were coming out of the eye sockets and wanted brighter colours.  Glenn thought it was a successful makeup but didn’t fulfill the challenge at all.  This put him in the bottom looks.

 

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The winner was Walter!  He finally got his win by proving he had talent with “successfully integrated references” and a fantastic paint job.  The person going home would be Robert.  They thought his humour sent him down the wrong path this time, but loved his uniqueness.  His final thought was that his final look was a symbol of creative freedom and a gift to us all.  Oh, and he says, “You’re so welcome” in advance.  Um, thanks Robert…I’ll miss that kooky dude!

Face Off Season 10 Episode 8: Evil Sorceresses!

Published March 7, 2016 by vfdpixie

Episode 8 found the artists at the Lobo Castle where their models were dressed as beautiful, evil sorceresses.  The Spotlight Challenge this week was to create a monstrous look for each one, showing their true, evil nature.

Rob picked the Dragon Queen.  His sorceress lured girls to steal their youth.  He wanted to make a back piece as well as hands and sculpt a dragon-like face.  Mr. Westmore advised him to put more of a fantasy look in the old age makeup and flare out the dragon nostrils.  Rob thought the face was too masculine, and with some feedback from Anna, rounded out the jaw.  For the back piece, instead of dragon wings he exaggerated the spine.  With stock horns and an acrylic wash of paint, his Dragon Queen was pretty awesome.  The judges loved the colours, scaling and the blending of the human anatomy in the sculpt.  The details were just right, and he also had great forms in the makeup.  He was in top looks.

Walter got the Emerald Empress, which was not his first choice.  He struggled for a concept, and came up with emeralds growing out of the model’s face and body.  He was told to watch the accents on the cheeks as they could look like a porcupine.  He had a lot of detail work to do, and the emeralds took a long time to paint.  The judges liked the mouth details, but thought there were too many tones.  Melissa’s Wiccan of the Woods had elements of decay and snarled vines on her body.  She had to keep the wood knots in her sculpt painted properly or else Mr. Westmore warned they would look like brown boils.  She created vines from heated plastic tubing and even thought they didn’t stick at first, her makeup was decent, although I did think the eye holes were too obvious, and the judges thought the colour choices were too avant-garde.  Mel picked the Temptress of the Flame.  This sorceress worked with Satan to tempt people.  She would have ram horns accented with flames. Mel had to make sure the flames weren’t too cartoony, and Mr. Westmore told her to go more symbolic with them.  She used latex and coffee grounds to create charred skin, and the judges liked the beauty makeup.  They thought the flames weren’t quite right, but she, along with Walter and Melissa, was safe.

Robert picked the Sea Witch.  This character lured sailors to their death, and Robert wanted to sculpt her face mid transformation into a sea creature. He had to fix her nose to make it less perfect, and created a gelatin eel that was a little weird-looking, and, um, limp.  He also added some spiky quills to the brow.  The judges thought the character was a little kooky and needed more symmetry.  Neville didn’t like the fin on the side of her face, and Glenn liked the forms but thought they could have been realized differently.

Anna created a monstrous look for the Shadow Enchantress.  This character’s seductive but demonic nature would be represented with horns.  Anna had issues with time, so she did a fast face sculpt which she wasn’t happy with. She also had to patch some of her foam and ran out of time.  Unfortunately, you could see edges in the final makeup and I thought the paint job looked flat.  The judges didn’t like the proportions, teeth and the clichéd Maleficent look.  Neville thought the stalagmite forms on the head-piece were confusing, and Ve didn’t like that she covered the model’s ears.  Anna was in bottom looks.

Yvonne got the Corpse Conjurer who became a corpse when she conjured the dead.  She exaggerated the neck bone and was worried about keeping the anatomy realistic, which can always mess you up on this show.  She painted the character with an airbrush, and made sure to use a lot of highlight and shadow to make the colouring pop.  Her makeup was very cool.  I loved the cowl, and the judges thought it looked even better up close. The subtle sculpt and creepy paint got the judges attention, especially since the skull still retained some beauty.  She was in top looks for this beautiful, symmetrical makeup.

 

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The winner was Rob once again as he accomplished a lot in very little time.  The person going home was Anna.  They felt a lot went wrong from the concept to the technical execution.  They were impressed with her talent and glad she made it on the show.  She left feeling inspired and ready to make her mark on the makeup world.

 

Face Off Season 10 Episode 7: “The Gauntlet II”

Published February 28, 2016 by vfdpixie

It was that time again.  The artists were in for a grueling set of foundation challenges in the second Gauntlet Challenge ever on the show.  This happened last year where the artists had 3 challenges to complete in order to test their skills.  An artist would be eliminated from the competition as usual, but this time, winners of Stage 1 and 2 would enjoy immediate safety, as well as a night out on the town.

The first challenge would have the artists create captain characters inspired by mythical ships:  The Egyptian Manjet Barge, The Viking ship Naglfar made from the bones of the dead, the ghostly Flying Dutchman, and the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  They would also be judged on a certain aspect of the makeup:  a “magnificent”, hand-laid pirate’s beard.

The top two captains were created by Melissa and Walter.  Melissa was ahead of the game, since she’s been making beards for a long time.  She went with the barge and a sun-god, golden character.  The judges liked the great decisions and thought the character was brilliant and told a story.  Walters’s Viking captain worked because he blended the colours of hair and face well, and the beard was clean.  They were both safe.

Pandora’s Box would be the challenge for Stage 2.  In each box, there were three prosthetics.  The artists had to create a cohesive character using these pieces, but not in the way they were intended.  Neville told them to understand the utility of the piece.  They were all pretty creative with their designs, but the standouts were Rob and Robert.  Rob created a ghostly undertaker and used the nose piece as a chin.  The judges liked his smart placement and good colour choices.  Robert’s demon was an interesting combination using the noise piece on the cheeks, the “Spock” ears on her forehead,  The judges liked the great colours and the Kabuki-like look.  Along with Melissa and Walter, they enjoyed a great night out, complete with a limo ride.  They did feel for the remaining four artists though, who would have to endure Stage 3.

The third and final stage would involve the old phrase, ” See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  The artists would have to create three makeups on three models to embody the phrase in a horrific way.

Kaleb didn’t have a concept right away, but eventually came up with demons that would tempt their victims to see, hear or speak evil.  The judges weren’t thrilled with his trio because they didn’t really tell what the challenge was.  It seemed as if the characters actually had their senses.  Ve called them 2 hookers with their pimp, and Glenn thought the high fashion look didn’t work. he was in bottom looks.

Yvonne came up with torturers for a king who were attacked and burned with acid by their victims.  She used a bald cap on one model’s mouth to fuse it shut.  She ended up behind, and airbrushed the paint to speed up her time.  She had so much to do she called last looks “fast looks” since she would be doing most makeups in the last hour.  Even though the paint was a touch flat, it worked for her concept.  The judges loved the true harmony with the characters and the costuming that created a perfect ensemble.  She was in top looks.

Anna made a trio of zombies.  They would have mangled features made from tissue and latex for a bumpy, ripped skin look.  In last looks, one of the faces came loose, but she repaired it in time.  The judges felt the paint was too shiny, and she missed an opportunity to powder down the makeup or add dirt.  the prosthetics also didn’t sit flush with the skin.  She was in bottom looks.

Mel’s idea of post-apocalyptic priests who gave up their senses for God had great impact.  She really worked on the exposed skin and muscle striation as the judges were sticklers for anatomy.  Glenn thought they looked very Hellraiser.  The concept was strong with interesting details that were really creepy.  She was also in top looks.

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The winner was Mel.  The judges just loved that concept fulfilled the challenge and that the characters looked like a whole team had worked on them.  The person going home was Kaleb.  His bold concept was better suited for another challenge.  Glenn pointed out he would have a lot to offer in the future, and Kaleb was proud to have made it this far.

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