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Face Off Season 10 Episode 9: Valkyrie Goddesses and Genies!

Published March 10, 2016 by rmpixie

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 5: Foreign Bodies

Published February 15, 2016 by rmpixie

What a treat this week!!  The lab was turned into, well, a lab, where beakers and petri dishes galore surrounded the artists.  Their special guest tonight was Lance Henriksen!  Of course, everyone thinks of  him as Bishop in Alien, but I will forever associate him with Pumpkinhead as well as his intense character Frank Black in the TV series Millennium.  Lance was there to help with the next Spotlight Challenge:  create an alien parasite bursting from its host.  The artists would work in teams of two, and Lance advised them to pull from their experiences in order to create scary parasites and use anticipation to build fear.  There was also a surprise Foundation Challenge in the mix.  The teams had to make custom slime for their parasite.  Lance would be judging this challenge and the winning team would gain immunity.  They had fun mixing ingredients to get the best texture of disgusting slime, and when judging came around, everyone had a blast splatting their models to test the consistency.  Lance loved Johnny and Walter’s slime because they “mastered the chunk”, and Mel and Melissa’s because the slime looked sinister or childlike depending on the light.  Ultimately, it was Mel and Melissa who won, walking away with immunity for the both of them!

Robert and Katie teamed up again, despite Katie’s misgivings about butting heads with him.  Their microorganism parasite would be born from food poisoning.  Along with their neon yellow slime, they wanted to make tumors as well as a worm bursting from the model’s head.  This would be the first time Katie would mold a cowl while Robert worked on his worm, who he named Hans.  When it came time to apply the cowl, they realized it was too heavy and created a ridge that looked like a bald cap line on the model’s forehead.  Robert hated the makeup because of the frustrating ridge issue.  This makeup was seen as a missed opportunity by the judges, and they also felt the colours of the cowl and the model’s face were mismatched.  Robert and Katie were in the bottom.

Anna and Yvonne worked on a parasite that burst out the side of the model’s face.  They wanted a scary looking makeup and changed the colour of their slime to a caramel hue.  Mr. Westmore told them to make the parasite look like it was bursting out more, but in the end the parasite looked more like a transformation.  The judges didn’t like that there was a clear line down the center of the face, and Neville felt it was contrived and boring.  They too were in the bottom.

Johnny and Walter’s parasite burst from the model’s chest.  Johnny was set on a moving chest gag, so he used a drill motor to make the parasite rotate.  Their first chest piece mold didn’t work, so they scrambled to make another one, using more polyfoam.  The judges thought it was a great concept, but the cowl looked like a floppy orange beret to Ve, and Neville felt the parasite emerging from the head and chest didn’t work.  They were in the bottom.

Kaleb and Rob’s parasite burst out of the back of the head.  They had an applesauce based slime, but Rob also got overwhelmed by the time it took to sculpt and mold.  He didn’t have too much to worry about though.  The guys applied all the prosthetics and painted the whole makeup at once.  The judges liked the unique way the parasite burst out of the model, and the back was alluring to Neville.  They were in top looks.

Mel and Melissa’s parasite would burst from the person’s mouth, splitting the skin in two.  Mel had trouble with the face sculpt and decided not to go too literal with the design.  They had to adjust the face appliance and painted together on separate parts of the makeup.  Their infected lab tech was a favourite with the judges.  They loved the colours and the human head flap.  There was lots of forms and details going on, and the paint job was great.  They were in top looks and enjoyed their immunity status.

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The winning team was Rob and Kaleb.  The judges loved the sense of movement  with the alien.  Rob won again for his amazing sculpting of the alien.

The bottom team was Robert and Katie.  Katie would be going home for the lumpy cowl and bad paint job.  They judges loved Katie for her great attitude and work.  She was proud to have made it to the show, and I’m sure she’ll power on to more makeup gigs.

Face Off Season 9 Episode 10: Sideshow Freaks!

Published September 30, 2015 by rmpixie

It was time for the artists to work for immunity again.  For this Foundation Challenge, they would have to create their own intimidating tribal warrior by mimicking scarification, tattoos, piercings and body paint.  The makeup would have to be applied to the model’s entire upper body instead of just the face, and they would use the unique and treacherous weapons each model carried as inspiration.  Their guest judge was makeup artist Robin Mathews, who won an Oscar for The Dallas Buyers Club.  She told them for that film they had a low budget, so she had to use “paint and powder” to highlight and contour the actors instead of facial prosthetics.  She would be looking for resourcefulness with their use of products. They all did some great warrior makeups, but the ones that stood out for Robin were Meg for her simple but detailed and realistic magenta warrior, and Scott for his organic, earthy cracked clay warrior.  The winner was Scott for his ingenious use of the clay.  He now had immunity for the Spotlight Challenge and was definitely relieved.

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The Big Top was the inspiration for the next challenge.  Like over the top carnival sideshows, the artists would have to create their own sideshow freaks, but with a more fantastical approach.  Their choices were put on a carnival wheel, and they spun it to get their characters.

Stevie got Icicle Irma.  She went with a woman who had a blue skin condition with a melting icicle face.  She realized the icicles would be tough to sculpt, and Mr. Westmore pointed out that her icicles looked more like boils.  He suggested that she do only half the face as well.  She revised the icicles by using dried hot glue drippings and added them to her face sculpt.  She had to apply them to the model’s face as well as paint and do a beauty makeup in last looks.  The judges liked the concept and she was safe.  Jordan did an Elephant Lady makeup.  To create this look, he used sheet foam, foam balls and spandex to create a lumpy elephant arm.  The judges thought he did a nice paint job, although Neville thought the finish looked more like stone than elephant hide.  He too was safe this week.

Scott created a look for Twisted Tom.  After Mr. Westmore tweaked his eye sculpt to look more twisted, he took his time with the makeup because he had immunity.  He sculpted an arm and chest piece, and used a freckling technique as he painted the makeup.  He went for details and even though the judges felt there could have been more skin disease used to cover his edges, they liked his vision.

Nora had Lobster Larry.  Once again, she needed a bit of time to figure out her concept.  She came up with a mobster lobster who was raised by the mob and had to hide out in the circus freak show.  Mr. Westmore told her to sell more lobster with her sculpt, and she created some cool lobster claws.  I loved this look!  The judges felt it was a clean application, excellent sculpt and good story.  Glenn thought it worked for the challenge, and even though Neville thought the face didn’t quite read lobster, he liked the gold grill on Larry’s teeth, calling him a “grilled lobster” which got some groans from the panel.

Meg got Inside-Out Oscar.  She wanted to create an exposed brain for her character who had a disease that made him shed his skin.  Mr. Westmore told her she needed a good muscle sculpt and muscle striation for the paint to stand out. After getting her stuck mold open with Scott’s help, Meg painted away, but felt it wasn’t the best representation of her work.  Her gooey character got no love from the judges.  Ve thought it was too simian looking, and there was no focus due to too many details.  They thought looked more like a ripped off skin instead of an inside-out character, and the skull sculpt didn’t quite make the cut.  She was in the bottom.

Evan worked on Moon Girl.  He went for a swollen acne/crater face with a piece of meteor in the head sculpt for some humour.  Mr. Westmore told him that the acne was too subtle and he needed a more aggressive sculpt.  Evan had to start over and unfortunately his face piece ripped.  He had to fix it as much as he could, and work out the rest with paint.  He was worried because it looked terrible to him up close.  His hillbilly Moon Girl missed the mark with the judges.  They thought it was rough, and although they liked the trailer trash beauty makeup, they thought his funny idea was a mess.  Evan agreed with them and he ended up in the bottom.

Ben’s concept for the Human Peacock was an M.C. for the freak show.  He sculpted a beak-like nose and created a collar with L2oo, warbla and layers of peacock feathers.  He also had to fix his face piece, and patched it in enough time to do a layered paint job.  The judges loved this makeup.  They thought it was the best thing he has done on the show.  Neville loved the texture, balance of the nose, lips and profile, and Ve loved the paint.  Glenn thought he captured the heart of the challenge which was to incorporate fantasy and human elements.

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The winner was Ben.  His was the only top look due to his clean makeup and blending of the traditional and fantastic.  He felt redeemed after a few bad spells.

Meg’s bad choices and improper anatomical sculpt sent her home.  She made it far into the challenge and she was proud of herself.  She did well and the judges could see only improvement from this point on.  Best of luck to her!

Face Off Season 9 Episode 5: Gateways and Gatekeepers

Published August 27, 2015 by rmpixie

This episode we finally got a Foundation Challenge and immunity prize.  Using Rorschach tests as a springboard, the artists had to create their own characters from what they saw in each ink blot.  Their guest judge was Eryn Kreuger Mekash, the multiple nominated, Emmy award-winning makeup artist.  Her advice was to use their creativity and originality, and to look at the shapes and shadows of each ink blot test in order to do a creative makeup.

They all did some great makeups, and most of them saw demons in the ink blots.  The winner was Meg who created a “dirty river mermaid”.  Eryn loved the use of a sea sponge on the model and the paint job.  Meg would be safe this week.

Meg's immunity-winning makeup

Meg’s immunity-winning makeup

 

The Spotlight Challenge was pretty cool.  They were presented with six gateways to alternate realities.  In teams of two once again, they would have to create two characters:  The gatekeeper and whatever they had to keep behind the gates.  They picked their teammates by randomly selecting keys to the gateways and matching them up with each other.

Ben and Jordan went for fawn-like characters.  The gatekeeper held the soul of a soldier of the underworld in her staff.  They worked together on the very first challenge of the season and really meshed, so it was pretty much smooth sailing.  Jordan worked on the male soldier creature and fabricated the helmet and chest piece out of L200, while Ben worked on the female gatekeeper’s headdress.  Ben added antlers on it to make it look more regal.  They really outdid themselves.  I loved the female gatekeeper and the soldier’s paint job was amazing.  The judges liked the female’s nose sculpt, the balanced helmets on both characters, perfect palette and detailed sculpt.  Their duo told a story and put them in top looks.

Jordan and Ben's regal duo

Jordan and Ben’s regal duo

 

Meg and Libby had a medieval looking gate.  They came up with a gatekeeper that kept a boar/hyena creature out of the kingdom.  Libby was concerned from the beginning about her knowledge of animal anatomy.  She also dropped her cowl, and had to repair a dent in the head.  Mr. Westmore told her what to correct in the sculpt, and that left her uncertain and eventually scrapped the boar nose to make it more human.  Meg felt it would make the characters more cohesive.  In last looks, Libby had to scrap the tusks because they  weren’t going on properly, and the design suffered from that.  Their characters were not well received.  The judges saw the errors in anatomy with Libby’s creature, and Meg’s gatekeeper had some arbitrary forms that Neville didn’t get.  They were in the bottom looks.

Meg and Libby's duo

Meg and Libby’s duo

 

Kevon and Scott went for a demon and heroine duo, and Mr. Westmore told them to avoid cartoony details.  They also did a nice job on their creatures, and I loved the work Kevon did on the horns.  Stevie and Evan created a mind controlling alien and her prisoner.  Mr. Westmore told her to adjust the pixie nose, and Stevie blended white and red for the gatekeeper’s skin tone and added a vibrant purple as well.  They had blue lights in their foreheads and were a cohesive set.  Both teams were safe this week.

Scott and Kevon's creations

Scott and Kevon’s creations

 

Evan and Stevie's gatekeeper and her prisioner

Evan and Stevie’s gatekeeper and her prisoner

 

Jason and Ricky decided on a Mayan inspired duo, with a serpent shaman bringing a goat statue to life.  Ricky had sculpting issues and scrapped the large head to be more cohesive with Jason’s work.  His sculpt was taking a long time to finish and he was getting frustrated.  He used UltraCal which Nora pointed out is a natural plaster product, and it took a long time to set, putting them back again with time.  The guys had to run the molds in polyfoam which would limit mobility.  In last looks, Jason had to complete a full makeup in one hour due to many mishaps.  He scrambled with the polyfoam, tearing out the bulk, and uses the headdress to cover mistakes.  The judges weren’t impressed with the snake and felt it looked like it was from The Land of the Lost (I had to agree).  They also felt they makeups looked like masks.  They too were in the bottom.

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Jason and Ricky’s shaman and statue

 

Jasmine and Nora did aliens as well.  The gatekeeper dominated the lower form male.  These two also worked well together, and had a lot of their molds done early.  With some coaching from Jasmine, Nora finished her paint job on the male and was really happy with the look.  They came up with some cool characters!  I loved Jasmine’s alien.  She was just beautiful!  The judges loved the colours, the gorgeous beauty makeup, and the slug-like male alien with an interesting head sculpt.  They were in the top.

Nora and Jasmine's gatekeeper and creature

Nora and Jasmine’s gatekeeper and creature

 

The winning team was Ben and Jordan for their head-to-toe complete characters and cohesiveness.  The winner was Jordan for all the work he did on the male character.  Unfortunately, Libby was going home.  She needed to work on her anatomy knowledge, but she was happy to be overly ambitious and be judged by the pro panel.  She has a great personality and can only grow from being on the show.

 

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