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Face Off Season 8 Episode 14 recap

Whoops, this Finale recap is way overdue! Very sorry for that! :D I got so bummed out by Darla winning that it was hard to feel inspired to write anything! I think I’ve calmed down now though xD

The reason I was so bummed out was because ONCE AGAIN the most obvious concept was awarded the win. Really Darla? The four Elements? That’s the first thing that pops into your head when you have a group of four characters. It’s so uncreative. I also hated how pretty much the only creative decisions made in the designs came from other contestants in her team. I’m sure she led the team well and the concepts fit her vision but the fact that those small details were someone else’s ideas kind of took away from her deserving the win. To me Logan’s characters were much more creative and fun and really looked like a team. Emily’s were the weakest unfortunately but I’m glad she made something that she was happy about.

Thoughts about the individual characters:

Emily’s four Post-Apocalyptic characters:

Glass: I loved this one, the colors were beautiful and the glass was really well made. Definitely one of her better characters.

Wood: I didn’t love this one. The wood looked nice and realistic but the character didn’t really have a solid design concept nor did the face stand out enough to give it an expression.

Leather: Such a beautiful and cool character! I loved her hair and beauty makeup, it looked perfect for a post-apocalyptic assassin. Probably my favorite out of all four characters by Emily.

Metal: Once again, not a great concept for a character. The face also looked muddy and messy. I wish the face would have stood out a bit more and had more contrast to the rest of the head. The blemishes and bulges also didn’t look realistic enough.

All in all her characters weren’t edited enough and sadly only two of them stood out. The group wasn’t really cohesive, they didn’t look like a team to me.

Darla’s four Fantasy characters:

Air: Definitely the best of the bunch. Her color palette was subtle and pretty and all the details were stunning.

Fire: This looked more like a Stone Elemental to me. I didn’t like the lip nor the hair, it was way too pink and didn’t look like fire to me. If the hair was supposed to be fire or fire-y, they should also have somehow showed that in the surrounding stone by adding highlights to it.

Earth:  I just couldn’t get on board with this one, there was simply too much going on on her head, her dress and her staff. The face almost looked out of place in the middle of it all. I wish they would have added more contrast to the design of her head versus the rest of her and not made her into one big lump of flowers and mushrooms. She also looked really bulky, which added to the “too much” feel of the character.

Water: I didn’t like this one either, sadly. The mouth looked really strange and they definitely could have added something interesting to the silhouette. Seems like this character had the least thought put into it.

I liked her Air Spirit but the rest were very under- or overwhelming. I still can’t believe she won the whole thing by making such predictable and uninspired choices.

Logan’s four Sci-Fi characters:

Skunk: How adorable was she?! I loved the neon green pops of color, it really worked with the story of her being smelly and having to be locked up because of that. She had a great silhouette and looked great.

Lizard: I loved his silhouette too, but I feel like all the shapes and details could have been toned down just a little bit (maybe by making the spikes shorter or a more muted color?).  He definitely looked like the leader of the group.

Armadillo: I really liked this one too apart from the asymmetry of the face as well as the eyes being a bit too sunk in. His teeth were also a bit silly-looking but his silhouette was great.

Hammerhead shark: I wish they would have made him slightly more saturated or darker colors since his color palette was a bit too different from the rest. His sculpted parts were a bit rough as well. I still loved his alien-esque look and thought it was a great and unusual choice of an animal for the fourth character.

I thought his characters were solid and I loved all of them (the Skunk in particular!). They definitely looked cohesive and looked like a team.

So there we go, even though I might have sounded horribly critical I still think that that was a pretty good cast of characters over all. I think the champion coaches really helped improve the quality of the designs throughout the entire competition. It was a great season!

Here are my two customs that I made. I chose Fantasy since it was the theme I was most comfortable with. I made a (big sister) Fire Dragon and a (little brother) Ice Dragon. I wanted to make them as detailed as possible so I chose to go with a wood texture theme on both.

Miss Fire Dragon:

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She’s supposed to look like burned charcoal / wood.

Little Baby Ice Dragon:

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He’s supposed to look like frosty / snowy dead trees.

I’m really excited to start making more Face Off customs later this month when season 9 starts! :) See ya then!

Thanks for reading my recaps, I’ve enjoyed writing them! ^_^

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 13 recap

[UPDATED: Added the finished custom!]

Gahh, this week’s recap will be very rushed and I currently don’t even have a finished custom to show you (I got really ill after London and I’m still recovering so I couldn’t work at all!)!  I will update this post once the custom has been finished though so I promise you will get to see it soon :) I decided to write the recap now though because it would feel silly recapping it after the finale has aired!

Last week’s episode was an odd one! The theme was so weirdly specific so I felt like every contestant had some problems with their designs. I also felt even more irritated that Adam was eliminated last week; it seemed pretty obvious that it didn’t matter how well Julian did in the challenge. There wasn’t a real chance of him getting to the finals due to him being in the bottom so many times before. I’m guessing that if Adam had been in the top four the judges would have had an even harder time deciding. I think the right three people got to the finale though, they all have a lot of skill and passion and deserve to win!

Thoughts about the spotlight challenge:

Emily (Top looks, won): She chose the undertaker. This wunderkind came up with some awesome solutions (once again) but I felt like her character was lacking in a few aspects. It didn’t really read steampunk or western to me and the metallic beard was very odd-looking (though the respirator was super cool!). I’m thrilled she made it to the finale and I can’t wait to see four characters from her! Very exciting to see what kind of tricks she’ll pull out of her bag in the final challenge!

Julian (Bottom looks, eliminated): He chose the bank robber. Poor Julian hadn’t fabricated anything previous to this challenge so he was freaking out a LOT. His character was super cool and filled most of the aspects the judges asked for! The character was definitely western and had steampunk elements, as well as looked cyborg enough. Unfortunately the judges had to eliminate him over Logan since he had been on the bottom so much. I can’t see any way that they would have kept him over Emily or Darla either. Julian is definitely talented and he should be very proud of making it this far in the competition!

Logan (“Bottom looks”): He chose to do a bar maid. I loved his concept but unfortunately the execution was super rough around the face, neck and chest! Ironically, if he had chosen to make those massive “hoots” the chest pieces might not have been blended so badly! His fabrication was absolutely lovely however and he really deserved the last spot in the finale. I have a feeling that Logan’s finale characters will be totally out of the box and either land him the win or completely confuse the judges. We’ll see!

Darla (“Top looks”): She chose the blacksmith. Darla had a lot of trouble with this challenge! Her execution was beautiful, as always (particularly the metal parts on the face), but her character just looked so dull and boring. The chest/stomach was the only thing that really told a story but the face and the rest of the character was just bland. For me it was lacking in the western and cyborg categories. To be honest it wasn’t terribly steam punk either. I’m looking forward to seeing her finale characters though! I bet they will be more interesting than something that was the forced result of this challenge.

I really hope Emily wins, she’s so incredibly original with her ideas and creative solutions! Darla and Logan are cool too so I won’t be too bummed out about the winner if it’s one of them :)

[Updated ] Here is my Steampunk Cyborg Western Bar Maid custom! I really love how she turned out! :) She looks very similar to my sketch so I’m satisfied!

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Here are shots of her from all angles so you can see all the little details:

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I’ve never done anything steampunk-, cyborg- or western-related so I’m really thrilled with how cohesive she looks!

Tonight is the season finale! Can you believe it’s gone by so fast?! Me neither! This was an awesome challenge for me and I’m SO READY for next season to start! :) The contestants are all making four characters each so I figured I’ll try to make two customs for the last recap! So excited!

See ya next week! Thanks for reading my recaps, I’ve enjoyed writing them! ^_^

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 12 recap

Ha-haa! I’ve never posted a recap this early so I’m feeling particularly impressed with my time management skills this week! As I mentioned in my last post I’ll be away from tomorrow to Wednesday next week so I had to get cracking with my custom even before the episode had aired to get it finished in time!

This week’s episode of Face Off was a huge downer for me since it became very clear that this season the judges are prioritizing technical skills over any type of creativity. Yes, Darla may be more technically skilled than Emily, but her concept was so obvious and as inside the box as it could possibly be! Emily’s concept was completely new, inspired and once again she tried lots of new things technically that worked out beautifully! I can’t believe they would award Darla the win for a doll that we’ve seen a hundred times in tons of scary movies and even with last season’s Clown Doll that Sasha made (that was TONS more creative than this doll, might I add). It pisses me off that technical skills is what they’re looking for when concept design and creativity is what makes you stand out as an artist. The same goes for Julian’s super-obvious ventriloquist doll make-up versus Adam’s crazy baby doll. Adam has consistently become better and has been on the top (and won) more than Julian in recent episodes whereas Julian’s designs have gone downhill recently. There’s not one single reason I can think of that justifies keeping Julian over Adam. Even looking back at the Miss Intergalactic challenge (where they both were top looks), Adam’s concept was dramatic and completely unexpected whereas Julian’s (pretty as it was) looked like something we’ve seen before. I’m VERY mad at Face Off this week and if Darla or Julian end up winning this season I’ll be very disappointed (unless they miraculously end up coming up with amazingly creative concepts for their final looks). Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate both of them as technically skilled artists but in particular Darla’s concept design skills are not in any way inspiring. Sorry for the rant, it’s just something that REALLY pissed me off this week.

Right. The challenge this week was to create a creepy killer doll makeup inspired by classic dolls that they got to choose from.

Thoughts about the spotlight challenge:

Julian (Bottom looks): He chose the Ventriloquist dummy for his makeup. I was bored by his concept and it wasn’t painted very well. I also hated how badly defined the facial features were (normally ventriloquist dummies have very expressive faces!). It baffles me that he didn’t get eliminated even though this was his second week in the bottom.

Logan (Safe): He chose a Voodoo doll for his character. Oomph, him an Rayce really clashed this week! I hope it doesn’t bite Logan in the ass next week that he’s so stubborn. His Voodoo doll character looked pretty cool though I though the paint job was a little too monotone. Logan’s my second favorite now that Adam’s gone. At least his designs aren’t boring me to tears!

Darla (Top looks, won): She chose a porcelain doll for her creepy character, and that’s exactly what she did with her makeup (with cracking). What can I say, the concept was as obvious and safe as a concept possibly could be! Technically she executed the makeup very well and she deserved to be in top looks, but I detest the decision the judges made to award her the win over Emily. Also, I hated how high up the hairline was, normally porcelain dolls don’t have freakishly high hairlines like hers had.

Adam (Bottom looks, eliminated): He chose the Baby doll for his demonic creature. I’m a bit disappointed that he didn’t listen to mr. Westmore and Rayce when they both pointed out the flaws in his design. Oh Adam, so stubborn! At least he got eliminated after doing something he loved. The concept was very out there (in my opinion it looked too much like a cyborg) and unfortunately wasn’t executed well enough for the judges but at least it wasn’t a safe, boring design! I’d still take his creepy tentacle baby doll anytime over Julian’s boring ventriloquist dummy.

Emily (Top looks): She chose the Rag doll. I love the decision she made of making a mold from the crepe wool, the texture looked amazing! I also loved the cotton “coming out” from the doll! The wig was really impressive (as always!) and the entire character just looked incredibly well-made and creepy (while still looking beautiful!). Emily just continues to impress me week after week with her creativity and she is totally overlooked by the judges.

The other two dolls that weren’t chosen were Russian nesting dolls (which could have worked really well with Adam’s concept!) and a Papier Mache doll (I think? Not sure though!).

A really stupid week on Face Off. Emily should have won and Julian should have been sent home.

 

My design for this week is based on a ventriloquist dummy (a very traditional one). The concept is that a puppet maker’s son died under horrific circumstances and his father wanted to make a doll to honor his memory. The doll became possessed by the boy’s vengeful spirit and is now killing people. Very standard :D

So here is custom #373, “Puppet” (in lack of a better name).

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I think he looks really creepy! Very standard in terms of design but effectively creepy anyway. He’s made from a boxer LPS in case you were wondering :D

Next week’s episode features the artists creating steampunk cyborg characters based on classic Western characters. Wait what?! I have no experience with steampunk, cyborgs or Western characters :D I’m so screwed! I’ll still try my best though but don’t expect anything amazing from me next week!

Now off to cry silently because of Adam’s elimination and once I’m over that I’ll pack for London! See ya next week!

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 11 recap

For once I’m posting a day before the next episode airs, woop! Speaking of which, I’ll try my hardest to get this week’s episode’s recap + custom up on Friday (I’m going to London on Saturday -> Wednesday) but if I don’t have time to do that I’ll have to post on next week’s Thursday instead. We’ll see how it goes!

So last week’s episode featured creativity at its purest form as the Face Off contestants got to create characters based on six kids’ imaginary friends! I have to admit that I never had an imaginary friend as a kid, I only had plush toys that I’d imagine coming to life during the night (nowadays that thought freaks me out since I recently received a very creepy-looking Chica from FNAF plush…).

It was interesting to see how out of the champion coaches Laura was the only one who pointed out exactly what you shouldn’t do in this type of challenge, mainly trying to do EXACTLY what your kid wanted. If Ben had gotten that memo, I don’t think he would have been eliminated.

Thoughts about the spotlight challenge:

Julian (Bottom looks): He made a character called B-Boy Z for a little breakdancing boy called Andrew. I loved the initial concept but I completely understand why Laura asked him to do something else. The final look was pretty confusing, as the judges pointed out. I liked the bone mohawk on it but ultimately the character looked too much like a skeleton and not enough like a zombie. When I first watched the episode I was shocked that Ben was eliminated but looking back at some of their creations I have to agree that Julian had more top looks than Ben.

Darla (Top looks): She made a diamond-faced character for Jordyn. I have to say, I really, really didn’t like the character. The color of the face, hair and dress clashed for me but I guess the character was alright if you’d have her in a super-colorful children’s movie or TV show. The fact that the button-glasses received a ton of praise was kind of hilarious considering it was Laura’s idea to have them and not Darla’s. Another thing that bugged me was the way the model was smiling, it showed the rough seams around the mouth and looked really creepy! She tends to do that with all her makeups though.

Emily (Safe): I have to say, Emily’s bunny character “Lulu” that she made for Maya ended up looking pretty creepy! However, I love how she was really creative once again and flocked the entire character. Too bad the judges didn’t notice it! I also loved the color palette and wig she made for it. Ve’s comment that Emily should have done a big hairdo was totally uncalled for though, considering she complained about the hair last week!

Ben (Bottom looks, eliminated): He did a monster for a little boy called Blayne who had a long list of features he wanted on the character. I wish Anthony had told him to edit the character a bit but as a coach he didn’t seem to find the balance of helping Ben and force him to think critically. The monster was cute but looked really, really rough and unfinished. With a bit more time I think Ben could have pulled it off and made it into a very cool look! Very sad to see him and Anthony go!

Logan (Safe): He made a Mermaid called Bella for the adorable Alexandra. Logan did a great job, especially considering how reluctant he was to do something so pink and pretty. I loved his reaction to her explanation, he’s pretty hilarious! Logan is really becoming a contender for taking the whole thing (though I’m still rooting more for Emily and Adam)!

Adam (Top looks, won): How has Adam not won a single challenge before this? He has had so many great characters in previous challenges! His big-mouthed character called Lazor was a great example of doing just enough based on the kid’s design and putting your own spin (and editing skills) to it. Lance seemed to like it too even though it didn’t have every single feature he wanted. I really loved the final look, it was super cool!

Overall a very interesting week on Face Off! I didn’t really love any of the characters apart from Adam’s though.

My design for this week is based on Maya’s imaginary friend “Lulu”. The only thing we heard about it was that it’s a bunny and it’s super cute. Sounds like a perfect description for a bunny custom, right?! I also wanted to give a little love to Emily with this one and give the custom really crazy hair. The color scheme was inspired by the character that Emily created. I think she turned out very cute and whimsical!

So here is custom #367, “Lulu”.

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Tomorrow’s episode features the artists creating deadly dolls. I’m not looking forward to it for two reasons:

1. I hate dolls. They creep me out.

2. I’ve already made two customs based on creepy dolls. Why do I have to make a third one?! Argh. But, an artist does what has to be done. So the third creepy doll will for sure be the creepiest. At least I’ll try!

Until next week!

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 10 recap

Hey hey!

Last week was Superhero / -villain week at FaceOff! It was a really interesting episode since the artists created characters based on themselves as well as used themselves as models for the makeups. It was really cool getting to know the artists a bit better and overall I think they all did well (though I feel like several of them weren’t really using themselves as alter egos). Once again I really loved how the artists were helping each other in last looks. This is why I love this show! ^_^

Thoughts about the spotlight challenge:

Logan (Top looks, won the challenge): I think Logan did a great job with the face and the overall look but the wings looked kind of sloppy to me. He seemed really comfortable on stage with the acting and his voice as Slayer was super funny! Good job Logan (though I’m still not rooting for you, sorry)!

Julian (Safe): I’m sorry,  but his face looked kind of hilarious with that makeup. It looked so juvenile, like he was a little demon teenager! I would have liked to see less flesh tones in the face, it might have helped to give it a more severe look.

Stephanie (Bottom looks, eliminated): She went for a black and white look but I really feel like she should’ve changed up her color scheme last minute if she thought it didn’t work the way it was. She’s been having some trouble with time management throughout the season and it showed in this character because it lacked a solid concept. I really liked Stephanie though so it was sad to see her go (…and kind of hilarious because she was still wearing the makeup from the challenge).

Darla (Safe): She went for a guardian angel character. I wish they would have showed her cowl more, it looked really cool when she was sculpting it! I liked her concept and her color scheme but the parts around her chin made it look like she had a skin disease of some sort. Sorry Darla, I was not a fan of this one.

Ben (Safe): Normally I’m not really into horror-type villains but Ben did an amazing job this week! He drew a lot of inspiration from his real life and the makeup was super well made (and kind of gross-looking). “It’s time for me to apply the bald cap. Just kidding.” Okay, I kinda love Ben now, that comment made me laugh out loud :D

Emily (Bottom looks): Boo. I loved her huge hair (it’s her thing!) but for some reason the judges are getting fed up with it. She did a lot of great and smart things this week, like trying a test makeup way before painting the final look as well as successfully making a silicone face appliance for the first time. I think she looked gorgeous, though I guess I can agree with the judges that it wasn’t necessarily very superhero-esque.

Adam (Top looks): How did Adam not win this one?! He’s the only one who really used himself as the alter ego and it was clear that he really enjoyed himself throughout the challenge. I loved his look, in particular those super cool arms and the way he used his own hair to inspire the color scheme. Adam’s definitely my favorite contestant along with Emily, I really hope they both make it into the finals!

Overall a really great week and challenge on FaceOff!

My design for this week is based on my mascot who is also the alter ego for this custom (she’s the yellow/pink kitty in the second photo). I had a hard time thinking of what my superpower would be so I went with a guardian angel type of character for my superhero.

So here is “Blue Skies” (custom #361)! Her superpower is her undying optimism and she spreads positive energy to people around her.

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Blue Skies and my regular mascot custom.

I think she turned out super cute! Who knows, maybe one day I’ll make a YouTube series about these two! :)

Today I also made this little Face Off custom based on Adam’s Miss Cigar Galaxy makeup from a few weeks back! He re-posted my photo on his Instagram account which kinda made me fangirl a whole lot :D I’m so glad he liked it!

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Littlest Miss Cigar Galaxy (custom #362)!

Making this custom was a lot of fun! The sculpting and painting was challenging but I really enjoyed it (particularly the painting)! :) I don’t use an airbrush so I kind of impressed myself with my drybrushing skills around the “mohawk” :D Guess I still keep improving even after 300+ customs!

Anyways, I can’t wait to watch tonight’s Face Off episode! I see a lot of potential for more LPS versions of the makeups since tonight’s designs are based on kids’ imaginary friends :)

Until next week!

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 7 recap

Time for another very late Face Off recap! I’ll make this a very quick one since I still have to pack for Berlin today! :)

Thoughts about this episode: Bodypainting is a ridiculous and stupid challenge for makeup / special effect artists. I disliked the episode because the person who went home obviously wasn’t experienced with bodypainting and would have deserved to stay longer.

Foundation challenge makeups:

Team Laura:

Stephanie: Chose the Dandelion hat. I loved the hat! It had so much potential but the end result was not great! I thought the final makeup looked pretty terrible from afar.

Emily (Won immunity): She chose the metal and rhinestone hat and created a character based on the concept of an Emperor’s daughter. Absolutely gorgeous and deserved to win!

Darla: She made a Nomadic warrior. Not great at all, I didn’t understand the concept.

Julian: He made an ugly-looking demon thing. Forgettable.

Team Rayce:

Logan: Ship hat. Really ugly, no real concept and didn’t match the dramatic hat at all.

Rob (Top looks): He chose a top hat and based his character on Pinocchio. He had a lovely concept and makeup! I kind of wish he has won this challenge to keep him safe from elimination.

Adam: Looked pretty alright from a distance.

Team Anthony:

Kelly: She chose a toy hat. The final look was whimsical but looked really unoriginal.

Jamie: She made an evil Victorian Queen. Very average and unforgettable.

Ben: He made a  Geisha / Japanese-looking makeup. Pretty, but not a standout.

Thoughts about the spotlight challenge:

Emily & Jamie (Top looks): They chose the Honey Bee. Both looks were absolutely gorgeous, especially up close! Super, duper pretty!

Darla & Stephanie (Safe): They chose the Jewel Beetle. The boobs looked kinda awkwardly positioned…! The second model was barely utilized which was a shame. I’m very surprised they were safe and not bottom looks!

Adam & Rob (Bottom looks, Rob eliminated): They chose the Ladybug. Oh boy. The larvae looked terrible (almost like muscle tissue) and I totally agree with the judges that the Ladybug looked terrible. Her hair was especially distracting. I felt sad that Rob was eliminated, he was such a sweet and talented guy!

Julian & Logan (Top looks, Logan won): They chose the Cuckoo Wasp. It was gorgeous and clever so they totally deserved to win! They owe it all to Laura though!

Ben & Kelly (Bottom looks): They chose the European Hornet and completely forgot about what team work means. Ben is way too stubborn and clearly only thought about himself in this challenge.

Anyways, here is my own creation was inspired by Emily’s Queen Bee:

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I love how she turned out, especially since this was only a repaint!

Next week there won’t be a recap since I’m in Berlin on holiday (FINALLY!!!) but there will be a double episode recap in a few weeks :)

See you again in a few weeks!

– Pia

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 6 recap

Hellooo! Another week, another Face Off recap! I’m slowly getting back into customizing after having a rough couple of weeks so it’s getting better! :) I promise I’ll write a customs #326 -> #340 post  soon!

If there’s one thing about last week’s episode that I want to talk about, it’s how trolls are my least favorite fantasy creatures. I hate their aesthetics and as you saw with the outcome of this episode, that’s something you apparently can’t change up too much without accidentally making it a non-troll. I love pretty creatures and the standard troll features are everything but that. With my custom I luckily found a little loop-hole in the aesthetics that made my design both cute and troll-like! We’ll get to that in a bit!

The trolls and my super-biased opinions on the designs:

Emily (Bottom looks): She chose the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. I loved her design (mainly because I’m a huge fan of hers) apart from the mouth but I agree with the judges that it didn’t look like a troll. I like how she’s going for very feminine looks every week but I hope she shows us more variety in her designs soon!

Darla (Safe): She chose the Python Bridge in Amsterdam. I didn’t really like it but I agree that the paint job was great. I’m glad she was safe though since I’m rooting for her!

Anthony (Bottom looks, eliminated): He got the Helix Bridge in Sinpagore. Poor Anthony! He had a whole complex backstory worked out for the character and the judges completely misunderstood the concept. I think he’s really talented (and I also liked the design!) but he just didn’t know how to give the judges what they wanted. Also, the way Rayce screwed up the challenge for his entire team was kind of sad and showed that even a seasoned Face Off veteran doesn’t always know what the judges are looking for! To be completely honest I don’t understand why the judges were so incredibly conservative with their thoughts on troll aesthetics. I understand why Rayce gave his team the advice to do something unexpected but clearly it didn’t pay off!

Adam (Safe): He chose the Dragon Bridge in Bali. I love Adam and his designs, this one included (though the stone chin was a bit weird)! I was super impressed by his sketch during the design phase, I hope he makes it far!

Julian (Safe): He chose the Corvin Bridge in Transylvania. I thought his design was very traditional and quite ugly. The proportions were really odd too.

Ben (Top looks): He chose the Python Bridge in Amsterdam. Oh man, I don’t really know what to say about this one! I like that he thought completely outside the box (and he absolutely deserved to be in top looks) but MAN was that face ugly! The belly button was terrible too but maybe it looked better in real life? I just didn’t like it at all, probably because the troll aesthetics do nothing for me.

Rob (Bottom looks): He chose the Tower Bridge in London. I actually liked this one (apart from the mouth) but it definitely looked more like a goblin than a troll.

Kelly (Top looks): She chose the Tower Bridge in London. I just can’t get on board with Kelly’s designs, I’m sorry. I thought the sculpt was too similar to her Queen of Spades and she’s a one-trick pony for me. I’m waiting for her to step it up and show variety or go home. This also didn’t look like a troll to me.

Jamie (Top looks, winner): She chose the Dragon Bridge in Bali. I loved her troll and she absolutely deserved to win this one. The wood texture was lovely and it was a perfect concept for this challenge! Good job Jamie! Keep it up!

Stephanie (Safe): She chose the Corvin Castle Bridge in Transylvania. This was super ugly and overworked, sorry Stephanie!

Logan (Safe): He chose the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Another misstep from Rayce’s team. There was way too much going on and it didn’t work with the challenge since it looked nothing like a troll.

All in all a pretty unsuccessful week since I didn’t love a single one of the designs apart from Jamie’s!

Anyways, onto my own creation!

I’ll tell you my inspiration behind this week’s custom as it’s not the stereotypical troll! I chose the same bridge as Adam & Jamie, and decided to draw inspiration from these troll toys I used to have as a kid (photo from Wikipedia):

So here you go, here’s my little forest troll (with a huge branch on the head instead of hair):

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Hope you enjoyed my post and my custom! Can’t wait to watch tonight’s episode!

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 5 recap

Hi again! Sorry for the incredibly late recap! I’ve been terribly tired and stressed out the past week so I only managed to get my custom done a few hours ago! :< Hopefully I’ll get back on track with my customs soon so I can start writing other stuff in my blog than just recaps :)

This was an interesting week on Face Off as it had two challenges! The foundation challenge was weird since I really disagreed with the assessment of the designs but the spotlight challenge was super interesting and really unique! It will be very hard to write a recap based on sounds :D

Right, onto my opinion about the foundation challenge:

Orange team (Ben, Darla, Emily): I thought for sure that they would have this in the bag since all three of them are incredibly talented! I also thought the communication between the three worked very well and the outcome was my favorite design of the four characters.

Purple team (Anthony, Julian, Regina): Started off promising but those chin horns were absolutely terrible. Why Julian, why?! The prosthetic around the cheeks also looked really bad.

Green team (Logan, Stephanie, Jamie): What the…?! How on earth was this considered one of the better looks? To me it looked all over the place and terrible in every way. The guest judge had horrible taste, clearly.

Blue team (Kelly, Adam, Rob): I found this one to be really over-the-top and the demon brow prosthetic didn’t work with the look in my opinion. Rewarding Adam the win because he chose the wig was very, very strange, but his communication within the challenge was good nonetheless (clearly showing Rob the way he was going with the paint job in particular).

The spotlight challenge this week was to work in teams of two and design a character to fit a particular sound that had been randomly assigned to them. I will try to describe the sounds as well as I can :D

Anthony & Darla (Bottom looks): They got a really creepy, eerie sound that inspired them to make a demon that steals souls. The idea was really cool but the execution was terrible. The heads looked silly when the model moved and the face of the demon didn’t look great unfortunately. Come on Anthony, it’s really time to step up your game!

Logan & Rob (Safe): They had a very animalistic, almost lion / t-rex roar-like sound that inspired them to make a huge aquatic monster. I thought it was pretty cool! I find it very impressive that they managed to make the entire suit and I don’t think it looked like “too much”.

Stephanie & Kelly (Top looks, Stephanie won): They got a ticking, clockwork sound and decided to make a porcelain doll that’s supposed to be a clockmaker’s wife. I thought it was a really solid concept and a very pretty makeup. Can’t complain about them winning! Also props to their model for getting the timing for her movements so perfect with the sound!

Ben & Julian (Top looks): Their sound was some sort of menacing breathing and ended with something that sounded like a blade. I thought the head looked pretty cool but the super-red stomach looked too bright. They should have toned it down a bit so it would have matched the horns a bit better.

Adam & Regina (Bottom looks, Regina eliminated): They got a robotic sound but Regina didn’t want to be predictable  and make a robot. Bad choice! The end result was horribly bad (particularly the face!) and she absolutely deserved to go home.

Emily & Jamie (Safe): They got a pretty organic sound with clicking noises and rustling of leaves which inspired them to make a prehistoric bird/dinosaur inspired design. Once again I’m in love with Emily’s hair for the character! I think this would have deserved to be top looks, it was really cool! Emily continues to impress me, she’s definitely my favorite contestant.

Anyways, onto my own creation! This week’s character was surprisingly easy to come up with! I immediately loved the sound Emily and Jamie got so I decided to make a tropical bird-lizard custom from a flamingo LPS. Here she is:

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I really love how she turned out! The paint is blotchy on purpose since I wanted the look to be organic :)

Hope you enjoyed my post and my custom! I really don’t look forward to making a troll / bridge -inspired LPS custom but we’ll see what I come up with xD Until next week!

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Face Off Season 8 Episode 4 recap

Last week’s episode of Face Off finally featured an individual challenge, and it really showed which make up artists have what it takes to win the entire competition! Unfortunately it also highlighted that a few of the contestants really aren’t ready to work by themselves and lack some of the skills that are needed to succeed in Face Off.

Still, a very good week and many interesting concepts from the contestants! In case you didn’t see the episode, the challenge was to randomly pick a poker card (including Kings, Queens and Jacks of different suits and a Joker) and create a whimsical Tim Burton inspired character using the card as inspiration. I had no idea that all the cards had stories / mythologies related to them, that was a fun fact!

Anyways, onto the MANY designs this week (and my silly opinions about them):

Stephanie – King of Diamonds (Safe): Inspired by a greedy, lonely king. I thought the concept was alright but why on earth does his face look so rodent-like / mouse-y? It just looked odd to me. That mouth was also horrifying. There was nothing whimsical about this character in my opinion.

Jamie – King of Spades (Bottom look): Apparently this card is related to “David and Goliath”. Poor Jamie had to change her concept completely and deal with a gender change on top of all that. To be completely honest I really loved her idea of having this tiny, proud king! It was much more whimsical than many of the other concepts! Too bad the execution wasn’t up to the standards of the other contestants though.

One more thing, I found Ve’s comment about kings “having to be regal” really uncalled for too! There are plenty of tiny kings with huge egos that are excellent characters. You can’t really generalize that way.

Kelly – Queen of Spades (Safe): Inspired by a judge-like character. I really hated this design, there was nothing whimsical about it! I found it to be really creepy and not really suitable for a Tim Burton-style world where even the meanest of characters have something endearing about them.

Logan – Queen of Clubs (Safe): I loved the Geisha concept that was shown in one of the sketched but it didn’t really translate into the final design. The goatee was really odd too and the face looked really manly. In other news, Rayce’s advice to Logan during the design process was totally on point again! He’s really surprising me with his mentoring skills. I think he may have this in the bag (Rayce, not necessarily Logan though)!

Julian – Jack of Clubs (Top looks): Apparently the Jack of Clubs symbolizes wisdom so Julian went with an old-age, underworld-y look. I don’t really understand all the love this got. Sure, it’s absolutely well made and the sculpt deserved the praise it got. However, what about this was whimsical? I could never see this in a Tim Burton setting, it’s just too creepy!

Ben – Jack of Diamonds (Safe): The Jack of Diamonds symbolizes the virtue of patience so Ben went with an old age makeup. I kinda loved the concept and wig on the character but it looked really disturbing to me for some reason. It was well-made but I wish the eyes would have been a bit bigger (it looked like they got lost under the brows too much).

Adam – King of Clubs (Safe): Adam loved plays on words so he decided to make a design based on the King of Nightclubs. Is it silly that I found this makeup to be absolutely hilarious? I loved the concept and it was super whimsical (albeit a bit too pimp-like)! I think Adam is someone who will make it far in the competition. He’s impressed me so far!

Rob – Jack of Spades (Safe): Inspired by a musketeer. It was okay, but the eye patch was indeed a bit too big for the face. The hat was way cool though! I like that he took the time to make a nice detail like that!

Daniel – Queen of Diamonds (Eliminated): The original concept (that Daniel decided to scrap) was awesome so how bummed were you when Ve said he should have done that instead? I felt bad for Daniel. Anthony really missed the mark with his advice this time. I don’t blame him though, I think finding the right balance between scary and whimsical can be very hard in this type of challenge (especially when the judges have a weird opinion of what counts as whimsical and what doesn’t). I totally agree with the decision to send Daniel home though, the end result was quite uninspired unfortunately.

Emily – Queen of Hearts (Winner): I was thrilled that Emily won this challenge but I still have mixed feelings about this character! I didn’t love the huge face on it (it was too reminiscent of TB’s Queen of Hearts) but otherwise it was absolutely stunning (especially the human hearts around the collar!). I also really loved the hair! Emily is so talented, I love how creative she always gets with the wigs! She will, no doubt, be one of the final three contestants in this competition.

Regina – Joker (Safe): I loved her concept of having two faces on him but I question why she didn’t give it two different expressions (other than time being the limiting factor. I also think it looked too much like the Joker from Batman because of its mouth. The face wasn’t original enough.

Darla – Jack of Hearts (Top looks): Apparently the Jack of Hearts symbolizes jealousy. To be completely honest I thought the hair and chin of the character made it look like muscle tissue rather than “hair”. This gave the character a really creepy look which I don’t think Darla intended to do. It’s obvious that this girl is incredibly talented and this was deserving of top looks but I still think it was more creepy than whimsical.

Anthony – King of Hearts (Bottom look): Apparently the King of Hearts is suicidal and stabbing himself in the head (this is what Anthony described it as during the design phase at least)? I felt that the entire concept of the character was lacking focus and direction and Rayce’s comment about not having the bleeding heart lead Anthony in the wrong direction even further. I was shocked about this because in my opinion Anthony has been fairly consistent in the competition so far and this was absolutely below his standard. Hope he’ll redeem himself in tonight’s episode!

Right. For some reason I thought this week’s custom would have been easy for me (seeing as I am a huge fan of Tim Burton) but the whole card character concept just didn’t click with me at all. I decided to choose the Joker as my character since it was the most versatile and this is the back story I came up with.

“The Joker used to be a court jester to the Queen of Hearts whom he was secretly in love with. The King found out about this and had him executed, however a wizard bought him back to life in the form of a mischievous imp-demon. He is now the wizard’s assistant and has no regrets about the terrible things he does because his heart was broken due to him never being able to confess his love to the Queen.”

…Pretty in-depth, right? :D Sometimes I wonder how I come up with these things!

Anyways, here he is! His color scheme was definitely Tim Burton inspired and I hope his story is easily told though his design.

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I kinda love him because of the skin tone, the blue is just so delicate next to the contrasting reds and blacks! He also turned out exactly as I planned him so I can’t complain!

Hope you enjoyed my (super late) post and my custom! I’m super hesitant about this week’s challenge… How on earth am I going to make a custom based on a sound effect?! :D We’ll see! Until next week!

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Finally done!

Eek! I have some non-custom related news that probably isn’t very interesting to you but super awesome to me! I finally (FINALLY!) finished my Master’s thesis and I will graduate later this month! After 6.5 years of studies this is a huge step for me and I’m excited to see what happens next! :) Hooray!

Anyways, sorry that I haven’t posted my regular customs in a while, here is a little update on customs #312 -> #326 :)

Here is #312, my second Gatomon custom, made from a shorthair cat (I had a few extra ones in bad shape). I think this base suits her perfectly and she looks super alert and cute! xD I’m keeping her because she’s perfect to me and Gatomon is my favorite Digimon!

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Here is my old Gatomon custom, the improvement is quite huge! :)

gatomon_done_wmCustom #313 Torchic, made from a G2 penguin baby. It turned out exactly like I envisioned except that the base figure was problematic. The “highlights” in the eyes were 3D and couldn’t be removed with nail polish remover. This is still visible in the eyes (especially in the right one in this photo) :/ Hmph!

PicsArt_1422570696981Custom #314, Pink Koi Dragon (remake of my old one). Once this one was done I was staring at and realized I might not want to sell this one just yet! I have to keep her for a while and see if my feelings change :)

PicsArt_1422482082250Here is my old Pink Koi Dragon, she’s very similar to this one :)

Pink_koi_dragon_wmCustom #315, Mudkip. Last one of the G3 starters! He was made from a G2 seal head and a G2 cat body. The seam above his nose is not great but as someone already pointed out, I’ll know better next time how to make it :)

PicsArt_1422630418240And the first of my G2 starter Pokemon customs, #316 Chikorita. Made from a G3 bee head and G3 pug that I added a bit of bulk to ^_^

PicsArt_1422802908459Onto something completely random, #317 Catsuit Peach. I planned her when I was playing Super Mario 3D World, I just love the cat bell power-up! :) Peach is so cute with her little “meoow!” ^_^ She’s adorable in Mario Kart 8 too but I’m too attached to my Ludwig to change characters xD She’s made from a G2 cat that I sculpted the hair, earrings, crown and gloves to.

PicsArt_1422902536565Custom #319, the third version of my Vaporeon custom. Nothing new here, he actually looks very similar to my first and second one :) I’m glad there has been a bit of improvement though!

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My first Vaporeon:PicsArt_1421078982385Custom #320, Cherry the Valentine’s Day llamacorn-pegasus, an original character by me :) I love the llama LPS, they’re so adorable! When I finally got one I just had to make it really pink and cute! She turned out exactly like I envisioned her!

PicsArt_1423077302155Custom #322 “Perseus” (commission). This one was so much fun to make! :) I got the bear head and seal body sent to me and it was a completely new challenge to fit the heads together and figure out how to make him perfect for his new owner! This is an original design by the commissioner so I hope people won’t replicate it!

PicsArt_1423130686066Custom #323 “Luna” (commission), original character by the commissioner. She’s super cute and mysterious-looking! I’m in love with the dark grey color I used for her body. It looks black but it’s not a harsh color like the black I use for the eyes :)

PicsArt_1423131399835Custom #324 remake of my Sakura Dragon (original character). I edited this one a lot from the original design, hope people still like it! :)

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Original Sakura Dragon:IMG_20140929_200954Custom #325 “Hikari”, made for our customs collab account (littlestcustoms). The theme was mythical creatures so I went through a whole bunch of mythical creature descriptions to feel inspired. This is what I came up with, along with a little mythology to explain who she is (because what is a mythical beast without a mythology?):

Hikari is a benevolent spirit who guides the dead into their new reincarnations. She decorates her body with the flowers left at the graves and with the jewelry the dead are wearing. She also absorbs the sadness and mourning of the people visiting the graves and that’s why she has a constant flow of tears streaming down her cheeks.

It’s a tad morbid but I really like her! I had a lot of fun sculpting all the details and painting her tail (it’s got the same pattern as my Koi Dragons except in a monochrome color scheme).

PicsArt_1423127474836And last but not least, another commission, custom #326 “Morgan” (designed by the commissioner). I loved painting the little polka dots on his (?) ears! ^_^

PicsArt_1423130846805That’s it for now! I will be back next Monday/Tuesday with another Face Off recap! :)

Hope you enjoyed all these customs!

– Pia