As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of Syfy’s Face Off. The concept is genius, and seeing the entire creative process from concept design to finished makeup has really inspired me to work harder on my sculpting and painting skills when I customize LPS. If there’s one thing I’ve learned that I constantly reminds myself of that Face Off has taught me, it’s that a great paint job can save a not-so-great sculpting job. It really has pushed me to always do my best and never settle for paint jobs that I’m not entirely satisfied with.
After watching the last season of Face Off I decided it was time for me to step up my LPS customizing and take on the challenge of creating new customs every week based on the spotlight challenges in the episodes! I hope this sounds like an interesting concept for anyone who’s a fan of both my work and Face Off! Hopefully this will inspire you with whatever artistic stuff you’re doing and help you push the limits of what you usually create!
I will also do a small recap on the foundation challenge designs and quickly list my thoughts on the makeups. Please note that these are purely my opinions and they’re not based on any type of expertise in the area whatsoever! :)
Darla: Dead ballerina for Rayce’s cellist. Gorgeous, soft colors and very creepy, love the lips in particular! (Also won the foundation challenge)
Julian: “Distant cousin” of Anthony’s creature. The flesh tones made for an interesting concept by making it so humanoid but the final concept was a bit flat.
Emily: Poet for Rayce’s cellist. Very interesting concept, some out-of the box ideas (the hair). I wish they would have showed this one in full size! I didn’t love the choice of color for the face though.
Gregory: Interesting ideas, very ambitious. Wish he had made more details in the “clock” part as well as blended it more into his model’s head.
Stephanie: Laura’s Mother Nature’s baby. Some odd color choices and the flowers looked very stuck on.
Adam: Lion fish monk for Anthony’s fish guy. Very impressive! Some gorgeous detailing going on as well as a very original idea with the markings on the face.
Anthony: Father time for Laura’s Mother nature. I was not impressed by the moss color nor by the pop yellows in the face but maybe they looked better in real life. The mint green wig also cheapened the look but the cavities in the face looked very well made! I applaud Anthony’s ambition to really “go there” with his designs and not settle for something simple or straight forward.
Rob: Wizard for Rayce’s cellist. Gorgeous texture and detailing, Rob seems like an adorable guy! The wizard doesn’t necessarily look like it’s from the same world as the cellist though.
Logan: Angry techno DJ for Rayce’s cellist. I wasn’t impressed by this makeup, too dark and not from the same world as the cellist. I however applaud his idea of doing something completely different from the inspiration!
Regina: Daughter for Laura’s Mother Earth, maybe a bit too precious compared to Laura’s Mother Nature. Very pretty though but nothing out of the ordinary!
Kelly: Evil sea sorceress for Anthony’s fish guy. Gorgeous! Very lovely colors and an intense look, perfect for the character. Looks like it belongs to the same world as the inspiration.
Alan: Protector for Laura’s Mother Nature. I would have liked to see this one close up, it looked pretty interesting (though I felt there was a bit too much moss covering up the chin and face).
Ben: Water Princess for Anthony’s fish guy. Looks like a mermaid drag queen which I kind of love but it doesn’t look like it belongs in the same world as Anthony’s more subtle and realistic design.
Daniel: Younger brother of Anthony’s creature. Not very creative nor mind-blowing. The subtle colors of the makeup were very different from the inspiration.
Jamie: Composer for Rayce’s cellist. There didn’t seem to be too much creativity going on in the design.
So far I’m willing to bet my money that a woman wins this season, there’s a lot of girl power with Kelly, Darla and Emily in particular! I’m really looking forward to seeing what they will create in this season :) Also, I’m totally rooting for Team Laura. She’s my favorite Face Off contestant of all time!
As for my opinion on the “champions” mentoring the new contestants, it seems like a great idea! I think the designs will be stronger in general but I hope the former winners will let the new contestants do their own thing without interfering too much in the outcome. I’m very excited to see what will happen!
Anyways, onto my Face Off inspired customs this week!
Since Rayce’s cellist was one of my favorite designs ever made on the show, I decided to make a little custom inspired by it!
She’s made from a G2 bunny and I stuck these wings on her head after removing them from a dragonfly LPS (you’ll see why soon!). I gave her withered roses on her head as well as teary eyes since Rayce’s cellist looked so tragic.
Of course I couldn’t resist making a companion custom for it based on Darla’s dead ballerina!
They’re so adorable together! I actually didn’t sculpt the flower on her head, instead I used one that I got as a random gift when I ordered some sculpting molds online :) It fit her perfectly! I loved re-painting the flower with the shades of pink!
Onto the spotlight challenge! Not much is known yet about the final outcome since the episode ended with a “cliffhanger” but I decided to go ahead and finish my alien custom nonetheless! :) Please note, I have never, ever designed an alien in my life and I never thought I had to so this was particularly challenging for me! xD First I freaked out and had no idea what to do but then the concept started taking shape. I got inspired by the purple, goo-ey alien eggs that were one of the props to inspire the alien designs and decided to make an alien hatchling. I soon realized I wanted it to look like an insect or reptilian alien (since it hatched from an egg) and decided to do a headswap between a G2 turtle LPS for the head and a G2 dragonfly for the body. I wanted to give it wings but sculpted them attached to its body as if it had just recently hatched and hadn’t opened its wings yet (this is why I cut off the wings from the original figure and donated them to my cellist bunny). I also decided to give it a placenta on its back as if it wasn’t completely ready to take care of itself yet. Sounds gross, I know! :D With my disgusting alien design in mind, I proceeded to sculpt the wings, placenta and some goo on its head (to give it more texture). It was a lot of fun and I got to utilize my texture brushes, yay!
So here he is:
…Eww! But I’d definitely say he was a success! :) The color scheme was inspired by the eggs (hence the purple tones). Painting the placenta was a lot of fun too, I really got to experiment with what made the grossest effect! I even added gloss to it (as well as the eyes, wings and goo on the head) to give it a more moist feel. My mom said she felt sick from looking at the custom so I guess it came across like I wanted it to (sorry mom!) :D Strangely enough he still manages to be endearing and even a little bit cute (like hatchlings should be, right?)!
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and check back in a week for my simian alien! I haven’t started designing him yet (I want to hear the directions given in the upcoming episode) but I can tell I will have a bit of trouble with that as I still don’t feel overly confident with my alien designs xD Good to know though that the alien challenges will be done after that, it gives me hope that the rest of the season will be easier for me and my customs!