Welcome back! I know we are all barely recovered from the loss of RJ, but the show much go on and some of my favorite contenders are still in the game. This week Halloween has come really early and I’m not gonna complain! We started with a really fun Foundation Challenge, in which the artists had to base an entire makeup off a set of special fake teeth. I actually loved the idea and hope they do something like that for a Spotlight Challenge – would be fun to have the contestants really have to come up with a whole concept based on something so small. This was done last season (I believe?) when they had to make a design based on macro pictures of bugs.
Anyhoo, Roy won, because he’s great.
SPOTLIGHT CHALLENGE: Re-envision a classic Halloween character, and add a surprise element.
Alana: White Devil
Lauren: I wish the horns read better, As they are, they kind of look like ears? I’m not actually sure. Her concept was great – I loved changing the Devil’s skin to white, really creative and totally spooky – and giving it a ram’s face was a great touch. Unfortunately the vision just didn’t translate and it didn’t really look like a ram at all. Not her best work.
Judges: unexpected…but not well resolved.
Lauren: I liked the mouth shape and really like the texture a whole lot, also that he changed the shape of the head. We’ve got to find a Scarecrow that has something different happening in the face though. I’ve just yet to see a Scarecrow that seemed ‘new’.
Judges: problems with the mouth.
Miranda: Skeleton Witch
Lauren: Miranda is bumming me out this episode. First, she gets stuck with Skeleton as her Halloween creature. When she can’t figure out what to do with the concept, she asks the only person in the room she thinks would know about Dia de los Muertos, Lyma. So that made me laugh a little bit, in a I-know-that-was-innocent-but-I-can’t-help-but-cringe kinda way. Then she spent the entire first day worrying about what she was going to do, asking everyone and anyone if her stuff looked good enough. Finally she asked Frank, and he said it looked good, and she replied “it looks stupid”.
“Fine, I’m going to stop telling you it looks fine if you keep saying it looks stupid.” – and with that, Frank said the thing everyone thinks when you express an inability to accept positive reinforcement after fishing for it. Miranda, girl, you good. Accept it, work it, and don’t neg yourself.
Best part is, her makeup was killer. I loved how she did the face. It’s really inventive and it wasn’t expected. The hollows were so dark, it looked like a real skull.
Judges: Liked the whole piece, special attention to the hands
Laura: Vampire that’s eating himself
Lauren: God he’s awful looking. I mean, the sculpt is really nice and I love the idea of him biting himself and gushing blood, and the mouth is just horrifying. He’s just so creepy I can’t really look at him anymore. Also: nice boots!
Judges: Not much on this end.
Lauren: It’s a nice job, certainly better than what he’s done so far in the competition. There’s nothing too out-of-the-box here, but it’s a nice job.
Judges: Nicely sculpted, overall pleased
Roy: Furry Devil
Lauren: He said there is a lava-feel with paint but I’m not sure it’s reading. The judges seem to love it so I’m not sure if it is just not translating to tv? Because it just looks muddled. And I’m not a fan of the fake arms. Like, really not a fan of fake limbs that clearly look fake. It’s not to say I don’t enjoy this look. I just don’t love it. I appreciate the time he put into it though. Also: I didn’t notice this Devil has such interesting taste in shoes until I saw the photos. Oh heeelllllooooo.
Judges: Liked the fur on the wings and cape, commented on never having seen that kind of paint job before
Laney: Cotton Candy Clown
Lauren: I love that her gag was a clown that joyfully pulled out its own intestines. While the cotton candy hair definitely melted and that was a massive oversight, otherwise I think it’s a creepy ass clown. I liked the face, probably because it reminded me of Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Not great for film because the face can’t really move, but otherwise, I thought it had a nice horror-edged whimsy. I’m into it!
Judges: Ears are weird, loved the hairy armpits!
Tate: Skeleton with a beating heart
Lauren: The skull is abnormally shaped…and I really dig it. He just went way out of the box with this one and I appreciate that. Tate is always good for a well thought out piece. While normally misshapen bones would kind of bug me, the sculpt is so good it really sells it.
Judges: Really cool looking, loved the rotting flesh, cohesive
Scott: Punk Rawk Clown
Lauren: It’s been done. That’s all I have to say about this one.
Judges: “Scott is killing me”.
Lauren: I’m just not sure what’s happening with the sculpt. I appreciate that she tried to go outside of her comfort zone and that her paint job is nice…it just doesn’t make sense, you know?
Winner: Tate! Though I feel like we should call him Dimples because a girl could get lost in those. Is it hot in here?
Loser: Lyma. I really enjoyed her work this season, so I hope good things are in her future. It was nice knowing you, Lyma!