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):

PicsArt_1424788553922I’m really happy with how it turned out! He’s pretty adorable but looks sufficiently troll-like to me :)

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


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:


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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! :)


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



Face Off Season 8 Episode 3 recap

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:

20150128_095657Ta-da! I had to google the plant though to find out its name. A lot of research goes into my designs!

Here’s a better picture of the stunning plant that inspired my color scheme:

AechmeaBleuRainEcu800Photo credit to

I had a few ideas of how to incorporate the flower into the custom so I came up with two different options:

Sketch283171936 Sketch294152514I 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.

PicsArt_1422913488474 raine_back

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!


Five Nights at Pia’s Little Customs, part 2

A few days ago I finished the last of my customs of the characters from the game Five Nights at Freddy’s 2! These were a huge project that included a head-swapped custom, a custom that I only used a LPS head for and sculpted the entire body for as well as two humanoid customs (which are always challenging to make!).

WIP pictures from along the way:


Sketch of Toy Bonnie, Chica and Freddy Sketch2519027

Sketch of Balloon Boy and Marionette / The Puppet Sketch19113288Sketch of broken Mangle (on the left is a reference picture for the body found on Google, I would credit the original artist but I couldn’t find the name! :<)

IMG_20141231_223756PicsArt_1420154225794WIP photos of Toy Freddy, Bonnie and Chica

The first toy animatronic custom I finished was Toy Chica. I made her from a G2 penguin figure and re-shaped her beak as well as added the hair fluff, cheeks and bib to her. She turned out so cute! :)

PicsArt_1421015402213Custom #288, Toy Chica

The second one I finished was Toy Bonnie. He is made from a G2 bunny that I added the cheeks and bow to as well as re-shaped the mouth and nose.

PicsArt_1421276999707Custom #293, Toy Bonnie

After that I made Toy Freddy from a G3 bear / panda figure. I added the hat, cheeks and bow to him as well as re-shaped his mouth.


Custom #294, Toy Freddy PicsArt_1421451418990The three kawaii toy animatronics together! Bonnie is my favorite :)

After making the three main characters I made Balloon Boy. He is so creepy, especially the “HI!” and the giggling! :D I made him from a G2 baby monkey figure that I added the hat, hair and cheeks to. I also re-shaped his nose, mouth and feet. What a creepy little custom he turned out to be!

PicsArt_1421707774519Custom #298, Balloon Boy

The Puppet / Marionette was up next. I made it from a G2 monkey figure that I removed the ears and tail from. I re-shaped the mouth and added the rosy cheeks to it. It turned out way too cute to be creepy in my opinion xD

PicsArt_1421784067718Custom #301, The Puppet

After these customs my two Mangles (fixed and broken) were next. I first made the fixed Mangle using the same base figures as I used for Foxy (G2 musical note panda for the body and G2 fox for the head). I added the cheeks to her as well as the bow and tail. She’s (?) so pretty! ^_^

PicsArt_1422052067036Custom #307, Mangle (fixed / full body)

And last but not least, here is broken Mangle. I used a G4 fox figure for it and sculpted the entire body to it (based on the reference sketch). This was by far one of the most complex customs I’ve ever done! I sculpted it in several steps (three or four in total?) and the paint job wasn’t easy either! I love how it turned out ^_^


Custom #318, Mangle (broken)

As a recap, here are all my FNAF inspired customs in one glance :)



I won’t be selling most of these but I’m remaking the FNAF 1 customs as well as the toy animatronics inspired ones and the Mangle (fixed / full body) one :)

Anyways, that’s it for now! I’ll try to post my Face Off episode 3 recap as well as my (very late) weekly blog post soon! ^_^

Hope you enjoyed this post!