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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 9 Episode 2: Deadly Sea Sirens

Published August 5, 2015 by vfdpixie

As the bottom artists reeled from the decision to keep them on the show, they met McKenzie on the USCGC George Cobb, a US Coast Guard vessel that protects American maritime interest.  To mark the USCG’s 225th anniversary, McKenzie took them out on a thrilling boat ride to reveal the next Spotlight Challenge.  Once again in teams of two, they were to create a deadly and beautiful sea siren, in the tradition of ancient Greek and Roman mythology.  Their inspiration would come from a choice of beautiful and deadly sea creatures.

Sidney and Omar picked the Portuguese Man o’ War.  They aimed to create a warrior princess.  Omar worked on the cowl and realized that it started to look like a dinosaur head instead of a beautiful siren, so he had to redo it on day 2.  He faded some fins onto the back of the head and got rid of some bulk as well.  Sidney made tentacles from latex, and Omar made a staff from foam corroded with acetone.  They ran into some trouble with the seams on their cowl, and in the end, Omar thought they didn’t have enough to show with only a cowl and a staff compared to the others.  The judges thought the forms were random, and Ve thought the wardrobe was the best part.  She pointed out how helmety the cowl was; and the paint wasn’t natural and didn’t represent the actual sea creature inspiration.  The “Cabbage Patch fish” was not appealing and put them in the bottom.

Omar and Sidney's siren

Omar and Sidney’s siren

Brittany and Nora chose the Flabellina Nudibranch, which is a sea slug.  They planned on a face and chest piece, and Mr. Westmore told them to be careful that the chest piece wasn’t too subtle.  The girls were happy that both their face and chest matched, and hoped the fine tips of the sculpt would come out in the mold.  They didn’t, so Nora created them out of thinly cut makeup sponges, which showed their fast thinking and ingenuity.  Brittany cleverly fixed some e-wire into a bright orange wig to make the siren glow.  This was my favourite makeup.  The colours were vibrant and I loved the forehead piece.  The judges liked the forms, and Glenn thought they used wise restraint with their decisions.  Ve thought the hair brought in the colour of the creature and Neville liked the tendrils.  Their siren put them in the top looks.

Nora and Brittany's vibrant Siren

Nora and Brittany’s vibrant Siren

Ricky and Ben got the Blue Sea Slug.  They wanted to create a bustier type chest with ridges and some flamboyant feathers Ricky made.  Their siren came out scary with great colour and they were safe.  Scott and Stevie had a Blue Ringed Octopus.  They made an octopus cowl with tentacles but wanted to keep it beautiful.  Stevie made a mold for silicone suckers and their colourful makeup also kept them safe.  Jordan and Jasmine used the Yellow Boxfish for inspiration and wanted their siren to have a bondage look with a poisonous touch.  Mr. Westmore warned them about the head looking too cap-like, and they heeded the warning to create a bright and beautiful siren.  Even thought the judges thought the shapes fought the anatomy, they too were safe.

Jason and Evan took on the Peacock Mantis Shrimp.  They came up with an assassin geisha, and wanted to make a really beautiful cowl.  They had some mold trouble and ended up having to break it open, but didn’t have too much patching to do.  The end result looked a bit like drag makeup.  The judges thought the application was sloppy and Glenn thought the siren was hit with paint ball pellets.  Despite the criticism, they were safe.

Kevon and Meg chose the Textured Cone Snail.  They came up with a siren that played an instrument and released pheromones from her fingertips.  Mr. Westmore had to tell them straight up that the face looked like it had an accident.  Meg used his critique to create a more beautiful shape, using a fluted shape on the forehead.  Kevon used polyfoam on the large head-piece he was making and almost ruined a piece Ben was working on as the foam erupted everywhere.  Meg did the beauty makeup and their siren was interesting.  She had scary teeth and a large shell head.  I wasn’t thrilled with the colours, but the judges loved the gorgeous blending and Glenn thought they focused on the right details.  Ve thought it was creepy and beautiful, and Neville thought there was the right amount of beauty or else would be bland.  They were in the top.

Kevon and Meg's scary Siren

Kevon and Meg’s scary Siren

Missy and Libby got the Sturgeon Fish.  Mr. Westmore told them to mimic the cowl on the chest.  Libby used feather spines to create fish bones, but the trouble came when they girls started painting.  They envisioned different things, and in last looks, Missy thought they had strayed from the inspiration.  The siren was scary but too dark.  The judges noted the confused forms and textures that disappeared with the paint.  They liked the profile but the transition didn’t work.  Ve thought it wasn’t alluring and although the sculpting was good, it didn’t speak to the challenge.  They were in the bottom.

Libby and Missy's creation

Libby and Missy’s creation

The top team was Kevon and Meg.  The judges liked the character and adventurous chest piece.  Meg won since her makeup was a balance of beautiful and deadly.

There were two artists going home this time.  Sidney for his minimal contribution and Omar for the cabbage cowl.  They weren’t discouraged and planned to carry on.  They should be proud that they made on the show!  Onward and upward, boys!

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