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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 5 Episode 11-Dark Elves

Published October 31, 2013 by vfdpixie

The numbers are dwindling!  Roy and Laura were sad that Eddie was gone, and they missed his smile and positive attitude.  Laney told Tate that she wasn’t having fun anymore and was homesick, but she wanted to focus and get on with the competition.

The 5 artists met at Kenneth Hahn State Park where they found their next challenge.  They faced giant stone structures with runic symbols on them.  Vikings believed that runes granted them special powers in battle.  They had to create a dark elf warrior from Norse mythology that had to embody the symbol’s attributes.  The catch was that they would find out the symbol’s meaning only after they chose one.

Laney chose the rune Eihwaz which represented Immortality.  She had trouble getting into this challenge.  She wasn’t into it and broke down in tears.  After an attempt by Tate, Roy finally gave her a pep talk and got her back to work.  The other artists plugged along with their own work, but were really worried about her.  She got through the first day of the challenge, but on day 2, they found a note letting them know that she had gone home.  How crazy is that?  She must have really been feeling the pressure, and she did say she missed her family.  I hope she continues with her talent.  The others were sad to see her go, but they have a job to do and a competition to win.

Tate’s rune Berkano represented Regeneration.  His created a queen of the dark elves who sought out choice elves to reproduce with.  He found it difficult to carry on with Laney’s work sitting conspicuously, like, as he described it, a headstone.  He carried on though, to create something the judges loved.  From her helmet design that blended into her face to the flaky skin and red and silver colour scheme, he went further with the character that showed as a sexy, strong dark warrior elf.

Laura pick Perthro which meant Occult Abilities.  She was all over this challenge as she has studied elves extensively and had a good knowledge of them.  She designed a warrior with runes scarred into her skin.  By the end of day 1 she felt she may have gone too traditional, but powered on to create a look that the judges loved.  Instead of scarring which didn’t pan out in her design phase, she painted on tribal swirls all over the model’s skin.  They thought it was subtle and pretty, and thought the concept was beautifully done.  There was an intelligence behind her choices.

Miranda got Thurisaz, or Chaos.  She went with a more Mayan look, since the symbol had that feel.  Once again she was unsure of her work and that put her behind.  She ended up getting her model to help her finish the makeup, but that didn’t help.  The unfinished paint job, along with the bad ear design, got her a place on the bottom.  The judges thought it was an atrocity and one of the worst examples of bad time management.  Miranda knew that it was bad, and called it the worst makeup she has ever, ever done, and “a disaster”.

Roy picked Laguz which meant Psychic Powers.  He created a character with a large head to represent his abilities.  The judges thought it was “dullsville”.  The proportions were wrong, which made him look like a creature instead of an elf.  They also mentioned that while they appreciated the paint job, it was too far from this challenge’s concept.

Top looks went to Tate and Laura.  They loved how Tate incorporated his rune and took the design to another level. They thought the shapes in the armour and the story was impactful.  Laura impressed them with her well thought out design and edge work.  Roy and Miranda were in the bottom.  They thought that Roy’s proportions and sculpt was way off, and Miranda’s contribution this week was just an “atrocity”.

The judges had a tough decision to make this week.  Due to Laney’s sudden departure, they had to decide whether to get rid of one of the bottom artists, as they thought it would be unfair to keep someone with obviously substandard work.  In the end, they didn’t eliminate anyone!

It was unfortunate that Laney left, but I think once she regroups, she will definitely find work and do well in the future.  It’s now down to 4 vets in a race to the finale!

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