Last week’s episode of Face Off wasn’t overly exciting in terms of character design but it also didn’t include a single horribly bad design! It really shows that the champion mentors are doing their best to steer their contestants away from making bad decisions.
Now, can we talk about how misleading it was that it was a “Hunger Games inspired challenge”? Tbh it had almost nothing to do with the movie except the fact that Peeta was a guest judge. They could have just said that you have to design a scary exotic plant/deadly animal hybrid. I’m especially confused since I don’t remember seeing any of those in THG (the Mutts were animal / tribute hybrids, no plants involved in their creation). Josh was totally adorable and down-to-earth though so I’m not complaining! I found it so cute how his love for Face Off was so apparent!
Anyways, onto the designs this week (and my completely unprofessional opinion about them):
Kelly & Daniel (safe): They chose the scorpion and Delphinium as the inspiration. Kelly seems to have horrible time management skills with her sculpting, better step it up gurl, I want to see you go far! This design was fine, not one of my favorites though. I loved the paint job on the “hands” though!
Ben & Darla (winning team, Ben winner): They had the ram & Cactus. Is it weird that I found the cactus spikes to be a bit tacky? Other than that the concept was very cool (especially Ben’s cowl). In certain angles the face looked a bit endearing but I’m sure it looked creepy in real life.
Julian & Adam (bottom looks): They chose the bat & Sugarbush Protea. Omg, I loved that it was called a “psychedelic artichoke”, it made me chuckle even though it was sad for the team. Too bad the paint job was a bit wacky, the concept was cool and these guys are obviously very talented!
Anthony & Logan (safe): They chose the warthog & American Pitcher Plant. They seemed to work very well as a team and it certainly deserved to be safe since it wasn’t interesting enough to be top looks.
Emily & Regina (top looks): Chose the hyena & Shampoo Ginger. Despite their confusion with the sculpting the first day, they really pulled it together and has a very solid concept in their final look! I loved the femininity and proportions of it and Emily managed to surprise me with her idea of using hemp for the hair! She has some cool ideas, I have a feeling that she’ll get to the top 5 at least.
Stephanie & Alan (losing team, Alan eliminated): Chose the thorny Dragon and Cockscomb. Poor Alan, I really liked him! The final decision was obviously made because of the venom sacks on the neck and to be honest I do agree with the judges. It wasn’t a horrible design but it was his decision to have those shapes and it clearly bugged the judges. The sculpt around the face and mouth seemed a bit unsymmetrical as well which makes the decision of this being the bottom look even more justified.
Rob & Jamie: They got the piranha & Blue Thistle. How cute were these two together?! They were so excited and worked very well as a team. I loved their final look but their concept might have been a bit too predictable to get them to top looks. In my eyes this one was one of the scariest characters though!
Anyways, onto my own little plant predator custom! I have to admit, the “scary” part of the brief was left out of this design since it’s veeery hard making a LPS scary unless you make it gory. When I first watched the episode I immediately noticed that one of the predators they could choose was a tiger, however no one chose it! Since none of the other predators were particularly interesting to me, I thought it would be perfect for me to choose the tiger and the Aechmea Blue Rain plant. If you’re confused about whether or not this was a real option, here is a screen cap to prove it:
Here’s a better picture of the stunning plant that inspired my color scheme:
I had a few ideas of how to incorporate the flower into the custom so I came up with two different options:
I loved the first design’s albino color scheme but the second one just looked more solid so I went with that one. I still have a feeling that I might make a custom of the first one someday… The color scheme in the final design was (very obviously) inspired by the red/pink body of the plant with the white&purple “spikes”.
So here she is! I named her Raine (pronounced like “rain”) because of the name of the flower.
I must admit that I adore her and I probably won’t sell her. It’s always such a thrill to design an original character and then realize it turned out so much better than you ever expected it would! Raine’s species may well become one of my favorite OC species I’ve created ^_^
Anyways, hope you enjoyed my post and my custom! I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode (I hear it’s Tim Burton inspired?!)! Can’t wait to design something completely new and hopefully inspire some of you LPS customizers out there! Until next week!