Oh I am so excited FaceOff is back! The hard part about writing about this show is 1. trying not to be an asshole and tear people apart when they are trying their best to do a good job, 2. remembering everyone’s names, and 3. trying not to be an asshole and tear people apart when they are trying their best to do a good job.
With that in mind, let’s get started!
We start on the Queen Mary ship where our erstwhile contestants must choose a crown and create a queen based off of it. I love these challenges because you’ve got to take an inorganic material and make it work organically. Something some of the contestant utterly failed at. If I had to make a suggestion at the onset I would say this is fucking FaceOff, not Sally’s Beauty School – eyeshadow and lipstick ain’t gonna cut it, kids.
Here’s hoping they all get my memo…my very important, professional-opinion-that-has-real-bearing-on-their-lives memo.
Ice Queen rules.
Queen of Scars is awful. Awful.
Queen of Absent Souls is…something…but I don’t see it matching the crown at all. Whatever.
SPOTLIGHT CHALLENGE: Make a Goblin King based on a mythical realm (and holy crap John Rhys Davies! I could listen to his talk for days)
Jenna & Eric F: Desert
Nipple rings. Though the texture is great and really does make you think of dry, arid, climate. The hollow eyes and the animal skull-like head is great. They really thought every detail of this character through.
Judges: Loved the details, loved the overall look
Michael & Troy: Volcanic
So these guys didn’t want a lot of stuff going on. They wanted to keep it simple. Right. So what am I looking at? How did this get so out of control? Why is he wearing a massive comforter? What happened with his crown? At least the cloth looks ashy?
Judges: Face is a big, charred, messy piece and the hat looks like a clown hat, it doesn’t work.
Alam & Kris: Forest
The texture of the face is really great, though I’m not sure I love the paint job. I do love the crown and the way they worked the twigs into the hands and body. Lots of seamless transitions and clearly they took a lot of time constructing this. Great work.
Alex & Wayne: Swamp
Uh, wasn’t he supposed to be green? I thought he was an alligator? Not that he looks bad at all…but h
e doesn’t read swamp. Which is problematic. Because he should be from a swamp. The sculpt is really beautiful though. It’s too bad the paint job is distracting from it. I’m also not thrilled with the costuming. He looks like He-Man’s sunburned and un-moisturized older cousin, Lizardman.
Judges: Not leaving enough time to paint it was a horrible decision, psychedelic washboard chest piece
Anthony & Meagan: Mountain
I’m loving the sculpture on this guy. The headpiece is lovely and really looks hard and heavy, and the actual costuming is lovely as well. Really impressed with this first showing and loving the raccoon stole!
Judges: Happy with close-up paint job, very impressed
Katie & House: Ice
Well his face looks amazing. It really looks shimmery, cold, and there is a lot of depth. Really impressed with the face sculpt and execution overall. Also, his boots look really cozy.
Eric Z & Autumn: Jungle
It looks pretty cool but I can’t get Gittin Funky out of my head….however I think the sculpting on the arms and body is really great. The paint is a little one note…a little too much dark brown for my taste. I wish they mixed it up tonally to create a little more depth.
Judges: Loved the tree nots for ears, loved the bark arms
Lauren: I think the Desert Goblin is going to take this one. I think Troy is going home for his Volcanic paint job.
Winner: Anthony & Meagan – with Anthony taking the top spot! Nicely done.
Loser: Troy. Yeah. It’s a bummer, but the sculpt and paint job just wasn’t great. He said earlier that being a makeup artist isn’t ‘gangsta’. I think he’s wrong! He certainly can be, just need some more time