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Face Off Season 10 Episode 11: “The Art of Warcraft”

Published March 24, 2016 by vfdpixie


Attention all gamers!!  The World of Warcraft has arrived on Face Off!  The artists were excited about this one for sure.  The wildly popular game has a been a phenomenon for 100,000,000 people around the world, so it was only a matter of time for it to arrive as a challenge on the show.  To celebrate the feature film Warcraft base on the game coming out this Spring (on my birthday!), They had to adapt one of the Warcraft races as a character fit for a feature film.  The expert of all experts was there to check on their designs:  none other than the senior art director for the game, Chris Robinson.  Their guest judge on the reveal stage would be Robert Kazinsky, who plays Ogrim in the movie, and was also a professional gamer for a year, so he knew his stuff.

Mel picked a Troll.  She wasn’t familiar with the game, but wanted to prove to the judges that they made the right choice by giving her the one-time immunity.  She came up with a voodoo black magic troll.  She had a ton of hair questions for Chris, and he told her that trolls were proud of their hair.  Once she got her answers, she went on to mold hands for the troll.  She used Melissa’s hands who also got a set of molds for herself from the task.  Mel worked on a realistic but pointy nose and chin, and Mr. Westmore told her she was going in the right direction but needed more of a frown for character.  She worked really hard on laying bright red hair onto the cowl, and liked how it turned out.  The hands didn’t work the way she envisioned, so she ditched them, and just used gauze to wrap the model’s fingers for a 3-fingered look.   She felt good about the makeup and the judges loved the end result.  The profile impressed them, as well as the hair.  It was a fully realized character, and Rob thought it was so accurate, it could have walked out of the game.  Mel nailed the troll aesthetic and that put her in top looks.

Melissa picked a Worgen, who was a werewolf-like character.  She created a druid persona for the werewolf and was really stoked because she was familiar with the game.  She had to create more of a muzzle as instructed by Mr. Westmore, and was debating on the texture she needed on it so she wouldn’t overdo it.  She was plagued with problems as she worked on her hand sculpts.  They were a bit of a disaster, but she had to have something for the reveal stage.  The final character wasn’t what she had planned and she felt she had “blown it”.  The judges didn’t like what they saw.  Neville thought the jowl detail wasn’t accurate, and the paint wasn’t finished.  He did like the profile.  Glenn thought it was technically rough, including the feet and hands that looked amateurish.  Ve thought she needed more texture, and although Rob thought the snout needed work, he felt it was accurate for the game.  She was in bottom looks.

Walter chose a Draenei.  He went for a death knight and wanted to add tentacles.  Chris told him to avoid too much texture with them, and Mr. Westmore told him how to place them on the face.  He used cotton batting, weights and latex skin to make them.  He also made a tail and even tested it out on himself.  His paint job was really beautiful with a glowing pale blue highlighting the pale white skin.  The character was really good, and the judges loved it.  Rob thought it went beyond the challenge expectations with all the details.  This makeup put him in the top looks.

Yvonne’s Goblin was a problem for her.  Chris told her to pick a male or female character instead of combining the two, but she did add some masculine details.  Mr. Westmore told her to round out the face and make it sterner.  She pre-painted the cowl, and cut holes in it so the hair could come through in a mohawk.  That turned out well, but her paint job looked muddy.  The sheen on the paint made the makeup look synthetic to the judges, and Ve thought the colour looked like pea soup.  Rob thought it wasn’t gritty or dirty enough.  She was in bottom looks.

Rob picked a Tauren, or a bull-like creature.  He also had lots of trouble with his concept and sculpting.  He hated his cowl and bull face, but Mr. Westmore told him not to hold back and keep going with his direction.  He had trouble with his horn molds, and had to cast a broken horn three times before he got what he needed.  He had lots to do, but felt defeated and sure his character looked like a cow-man.  The judges loved it though!  Ve loved the muzzle sculpt, Rob liked the face, although he thought it wasn’t accurate because there was no ring in the nose.  Rob’s flawless execution put him in top looks.

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Walter won this challenge for the huge amount of work and nailing the challenge.  Yvonne would go home because her makeup had no believability.  They were sad to see her go, but knew with her talent she would go far.

Now we’re left with the remaining artists vying for a spot in the final.  Even though I though Yvonne had tons of talent and she should have been in the finale, these artists have all shown their skill and I can’t wait to see who makes it!

Face Off Season 8 Episode 6: A Troll For Every Bridge

Published February 18, 2015 by vfdpixie

This week, the artists went to a bridge over the L.A. River, where scenes for movies like Terminator 2, Grease and Chinatown were filmed.  It was a fitting intro for the next Spotlight Challenge:  Trolls!  Described as “oafish but devious”, trolls often live under bridges.  The artists had to create their own trolls inspired by bridges from around the world: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The Corvin Castle Bridge in Transylvania, The Dragon Bridge in Bali, The Helix Bridge in Singapore, The Tower Bridge in London, and the Python Bridge in Amsterdam.  McKenzie told them to keep in mind the location, design, and cultural setting of the bridges when coming up with a concept.  They also got a special treat-the great character actor Doug Jones, know for his roles in Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, was going to come in on application day to help the models get into character and work on movements for their specific trolls.  He would also be a judge on the reveal stage.  It was really cool to see him work with each model to bring out the troll characteristics.  He was amazing interpreting the makeups for the models, and just watching his lanky, lithe frame transform was a treat!

Anthony picked the Helix Bridge.  His troll lived in a rainforest and fell asleep only to wake up in modern society.  He wanted the troll to blend with, and become a part of, the bridge by genetically altering himself in order to fit into this new world.  He sculpted the face with a rocky texture that faded into a more modern, angular shape and wondered if the judges would get his troll.  The makeup was interesting, but the judges felt the character didn’t belong to the bridge, and Doug thought the transition was a problem.  There was confusion in the sculpt and the design lacked a clear goal.  He was in the bottom.

Julian picked the Corvin Castle Bridge.  He went with a troll that was a servant of Dracula.  His final makeup was a bit rough-looking, but he made it through to next week.  Stephanie worked on the same bridge, and created a troll that blended into the trees.  Her troll looked like the cousin of the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt.  I though it was cool though, and she was also safe.  Adam chose the Dragon Bridge, and created a fallen warrior that was cursed.  He made a hump back from a piece of foam, incorporating vine and leaf shapes as well as a snaky texture.  The face of his troll was really good, and he too was safe.  Logan’s Golden Gate troll would have a burnt look.  He really liked the character, and even though there was a cool mask detail, the judges thought the concept wasn’t appropriate for a troll.  He was however, safe.

Jamie worked on a troll that lived under the Dragon Bridge.  He was the protector of the dragon statues on the bridge and blended into his environment.  She was advised by Mr. Westmore to go easy on the vegetation to show more detail, and she sculpted a wood texture for the makeup.  Her troll was very nice with a solid sculpt.  The judges loved the chest, paint job and wood sculpt, and Doug told her he loved the details and would wear the makeup himself!  She was in top looks.

Darla picked the Python Bridge, but she had trouble with a concept.  She struggled for a bit, and even with help from coach Laura, was hating what she came up with.  Laura was a little worried about the lack of direction, and hoped for the best.  Mr. Westmore told Darla to go more traditional route with the troll features like a bulbous nose, and add some depth to the sculpt.  Her troll was “meh”.  Not enough detail for me, and the judges thought the round shape didn’t read troll-like, although they did like the paint.  For someone who started out strong, she seems a little lost lately.  Luckily she was safe.

Rob’s troll lived under the Tower Bridge.  He was a prince who loved a princess but was cursed by her disapproving father, the king.  He wanted to extend the back of its head and horns.  He noticed the troll was starting to look like an alien, but kept going especially since Rayce approved.  Rob was happy with the end result, but the judges thought otherwise.  They felt the forms were flawed, and the face was mask-like.  Glenn did like the paint but thought the anatomy did not look troll enough.  He was in the bottom.

Emily picked the Golden Gate Bridge.  Her troll was a girl who jumped off the bridge and take on the shapes of the rocks on the nearby island.  She added rock textures to the sculpt, but ran into some problems in the mold room.  It was her turn to have a mold lock on her, and to add insult to injury, her chest piece cracked.  Ben helped her open the mold, but she would have a lot of patching to do.  Her foam edges were also really thick.  She had to paint fast to make up time for all the repairs.  Her colours were nice,  but the judges thought the edges were hard, and not literal enough to look like rocks.  Ve thought it wasn’t a beautiful character for this challenge, and Doug didn’t like the transitions but liked the paint.  She was also in the bottom.

Ben chose the Python Bridge.  Since kids go swimming there, he wanted to do a fun troll who went disguised as a little girl.  He had to put a more fantasy spin on in according to Mr. Westmore, and so he did.  He added a beer belly for some fun, and a hyper exaggerated face.  His troll was different to anyone else’s, and that worried him, even though he liked his troll.  His was my favourite!  It was hilarious, and beautifully sculpted.  The judges loved the sculpt as well as the whimsy, and Neville thought it was a courageous move to go so different.  Doug loved the laughter and the way the model portrayed the character.  Glenn thought it was the best detail work of the night, and that it all worked.  Ben was in the top looks because of his bold choices.

Kelly’s Tower Bridge troll was a mother who haunted the bridge where her child fell to his death.  After Mr. Westmore told her to troll up her makeup with more lip and nose, she went for it.  Coach Anthony put the brakes on her momentum when he noticed her paint was getting muddy, so in last looks, she had to change it up.  I really liked her troll.  It was a really great sculpt, and Glenn thought it was astounding.  He liked that she used the model’s features  and Ve liked the monotone colours.  Neville didn’t think it was a troll but it was still good, and Jones liked the performance.  She was in the top with her washed out colour palette and creepy, compelling character.

Rayce had to speak up before any decision was made because two of his team, Rob and Anthony, were in the bottom.  He had given his team a pep talk before they started the challenge, telling them to think outside the box and skip making a traditional troll, and I think he felt responsible for their weaker showings.

The winner this week was Jamie!!  I was really happy because I like her.  She is quiet but one to watch and seems to have a very likeable character.  The judges loved that she embedded the culture and history of the bridge, as well as the wood sculpt.  They thought it was her best work so far, and encouraged her to keep up her focus.  Bravo Jamie!

Anthony went home.  His paint job and un-troll-like character did him in.  The judges were impressed by his passion and expected him to do well as this was just one step in the right direction.  He felt it was a life changing experience and was revved up for the future.

So far, Team Laura still stands with one artist gone and Rayce and Anthony have both lost two artists. I am really loving this team twist this season!

Pixie’s Xmas Picks!

Published December 24, 2013 by vfdpixie

Wow!  I though I’d never be able to publish this post!  Talk about an ice storm!  Didn’t have power for almost 2 days, so things were touch and go.  And I don’t have to tell you that living on the 23rd floor of a highrise is no freaking fun in a power outage.

Anyhoo, I thought I’d post my top 5 go-to films for Christmas.  In my pixie brain, Christmas is a time of eating, giving and freaking out over holiday themed horror.  After all, isn’t Christmas also the time of creepy folklore, sci-fi and slashers too?

Number 5 for me is Troll Hunter (2010).  Not exactly a Christmas movie, but it’s set in winter, and these trolls eat Christians, so close enough.  Students attempt to make a documentary about bear poachers and unwittingly follow a secret service type troll hunter, who opens their eyes to real live trolls.  This Norwegian mockumentary was really well done, with tongue-in-cheek references to 3 Billy Goats Gruff, and dry delivery of troll facts by the troll hunter himself (Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen).  There are also great CGI effects and the trolls themselves are quite a treat to see.  My favourite scene involves the students getting trapped in a troll cave with stinky, sleeping trolls.  Fun times!

Number 4 is the Dr. Who Christmas special The Snowmen (2012).  I’ve been a fan of the Doctor since I was a kid watching black and white episodes on T.V Ontario every Sunday night.  There’s been a lot of hoopla about the doctor of late with the changing of the guard so to speak, as the newest incarnation of the character will be revealed on Christmas Day.  Die hard fans everywhere have wholeheartedly supported the new seasons, and even though some of those plots were multi-layered and a bit frustrating, I loved The Snowmen special.  I think they had me when I saw snowmen with razor-sharp teeth.  How can anyone make something so benign as a snowman terrifying?  Well it worked!  After the Doctor loses Rory and Amy, he is thrown into a crazy plot that involves snarling snowmen, a “Great Intelligence”, a new companion by the way of governess Clara, Madame Vastra, Jenny, Strax  and a mad scientist.  Definitely worth a watch, and I can’t wait for this year’s Christmas special!

Number 3 has to be Gremlins (1984).  How deceiving is this movie?  What seems like an innocent Christmas caper film with a budding romance and cute fuzzy creatures becomes a war against sinister imps.  Mogwai’s, 80’s sweetheart Phoebe Cates as Kate, wholesomely handsome Zach Galligan as our hero Billy, a baby Corey Feldman, and one of the most iconic creatures of the era (besides E.T. whose creator, Steven Spielberg, had a hand in bringing Gremlins to life) combine to bring us one of the most cheesy, scary, gory and memorable Christmas movies out there.  I loved Billy’s dog, Barney, who had this “I told you so” look throughout the movie as they fought off the disgusting gremlins.  No one can replace the family dog with some freaky creature.  Just ask Barney!

Number 2 goes to Black Christmas (1974).  I don’t really need to say much about this Canadian classic, other than it’s Canadian.  It’s classic.  The cast is pretty cool:  Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Art Hindle, John Saxon, and Kier Dullea. It’s described as one of the first slasher films.  It’s actually creepy and it reinforces the attic as a place of nightmares.  And also why my mom never let me live on campus. ‘Nuff said.

The top spot goes to my favourite Christmas movie of all time:  Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale (2010).  I have already reviewed this holiday gem, so you can read about it here:  There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Finnish Christmas Krampus story to make kids shiver in their boots.  Stealin’ kids and eatin’ ’em.  Doesn’t that spell holiday cheer to you?  It sure does for me.  Especially when Krampus gets all the bratty ones and makes them cry.  Ah, Christmas!

So there you have it.  My top 5 films for the horror-days.  Enjoy, and please, let me know what your faves are!  Have a Merry, scary Christmas and the best New Year from Rosemary’s Pixie!


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