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Last Rites Gallery Presents: Chet Zar’s The Demon Show

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Do you like Monsters? I sure do. And one thing I know is that artist Chet Zar likes to paint Monsters, and no one does that better than him.

Chet Zar Demon Show

Chet Zar’s monsters are the stuff that the very best nightmares are made of, which is why it makes sense that he has worked as a make-up and effects specialist for the horror film industry, and has also been involved with videos for bands like Tool, whom I am sure you will agree have produced some fucked up videos.

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Through July 3rd, 2015, Last Rites Gallery is hosting Chet Zar’s latest exhibit, The Demon Show, which is a must-see for all fans of horror and dark pop surrealist art.

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These are so great.

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I think the guy on the left in the above photo is one of my favorites. I can imagine him in a movie.

Chet Zar Demon Show

If you are an art collector, or even just a wanna-be collector fan, who thinks you could never afford art this amazing, I am now going to tell you that you are incorrect. These paintings have a price point that is very accessible. While I am not sure if that bad ass tentacled-skull frame is included, even if that cost extra, it would be worth it. Maybe you would not want to hang one of these guys over your bed, but then again why not keep your dreamscape interesting?

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Chet Zar’s The Demon Show will be on Exhibit Through July 3rd, 2015 at Last Rites Gallery, Located at 325 West 38th Street (Between 8th and 9th Aves) in NYC.

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Face Off Episode 411 Recap, Season Finale: Living The Dream !

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 Le Reve The Dream

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate March 26th, 2013): Living the Dream

On the season four finale of Syfy’s Face Off, the final three – Anthony, Wayne and Kris – head to Vegas for a showdown at The Wynn that’s all about Living the Dream!

Tonight, the Final Three battle for the win at The Wynne in Las Vegas, where one victor will take it all. At the top of the episode, we are treated to a recap of all the great work that Anthony, Wayne and Kris have completed all season. It sure looks like these guys are the three that were meant to go to the end. This morning, it is time for the contestants to catch up with their loved ones after being out of touch for over two months. In the kitchen of a very quiet house in the Hills of LA, Wayne Skypes with his wife. Anthony has a tearful chat with with his folks, while Kris has his wife and two kids to catch up with. There are some emotional tears, but each guy says this is just a reminder of why they are doing this in the first place.

Final Spotlight Challenge

In the lab, McKenzie meets the artists accompanied by James Santos, Artistic Director of Le Reve The Dream, a show that takes place in the Theater at the Wynne Resort in Las Vegas. This over-the-top aquatic, aerial and acrobatic theatrical production includes over ninety artists and Olympic athletes in the cast. For their final Spotlight Challenge, the three will create two fantasy make-up looks for performers in Le Reve The Dream. One character must be a Dream Thief; a character that “collects dreams in the water” and is described as an “adrenaline junky who cannot get enough danger in [his] world.” A Dream Thief, MacKenzie explains, comes to life in the depths of the subconscious. So, if one character must be a Dream Thief, then the other is a victim who has something the thief wants to steal. Easy enough.

Each finalist must pick a ‘dream theme such’ as gothic, cosmic, whimsical, ethereal or supernatural, to help guide his looks. Anthony picks Sinister, from which he can come up with something mischievous and evil, but also whimsical, which gives him a broad spectrum of expressions to add character to his creature’s face. Wayne says going with Supernatural feels cool to him, because it’s wide open for interpretation. Kris picks Ethereal for its celestial properties that will fit into the Le Reve The Dream show. A huge element that they will have to consider as they work is the water factor, as the set includes a one million gallon tank! The make-ups, therefore, will need to be 100% waterproof. Anthony admits he’s never done waterproof make up before.
Of course, they are each going to need some help with this project, so here come half a dozen of the recently eliminated contestants including Eric Fox, House, Autumn, Meagan, Eric Z and Alam to help them get the job done. Each contestant can choose two people for his team. Wayne immediately chooses Eric F before anyone can nab him, and his second choice is Meagan. Kris picks House and Alam. Anthony gets Eric Z and Autumn.

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Face Off Episode 410 Recap: Alien Apocalypse!

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Defiance Producer / Co-Creator Kevin Murphy with McKenzie Westmore

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate March 19, 2013): Alien Apocalypse

Ah, we’re down to the Final Four at last, and what a handsome lot they are: Anthony, Eric, Kris and Wayne. Anthony really thought he was going home last week, but House threw himself on his sword so that Anthony could live to sketch, sculpt, mold and paint another day. The remaining contestants all know one more person goes home before the finale. Who will get chopped tonight?

Spotlight Challenge

The guys meet the lovely McKenzie – and she really is looking super hot tonight, I must say – in the lab, where four monitors are set up to display scenes from an upcoming, new original SyFy series called Defiance. It’s a show about Aliens! More specifically, Defiance takes place 35 years in the future, in a post-war America where humans and half a dozen alien species are forced to coexist on Earth. Because all of the other planets were full. Of course, multiple races of aliens interacting with humans create a crazy new genetic melting pot. In tonight’s penultimate Spotlight Challenge, the artists will draw their inspiration by focusing on breeding two of the Alien races to create their offspring. Here are their choices:

Liberata
99er
Bioman
Volge
Sensoth
Mutant

There are two selections of each type alien available to choose.

Anthony picks Liberata and the Mutant.

Kris picks Bioman for his buffness and the Mutant for his deformed body.

Wayne picks Liberata and Bioman.

Eric, who really wanted to choose the Mutant —  and definitely wanted to “avoid any fuzzy things” — is forced to select the hairy Sensoth and the Steam Punk-esque 99er. He’s not happy.

To help them get inspired and provide them with some back-story on the series, the guys are being sent to the actual town of Defiance in Toronto, where they can tour the set, and spend some time among the actual aliens. However, due to mysterious “Family Reasons,” about which we are given no details, Eric cannot travel with them and must stay behind. WTF? It is unclear whether Eric will be separated from them for the entire episode or if this offsite is just a brief field trip. It turns out to be the latter, thank goodness.

Being on the set is really cool for the guys. They first meet actress Stephanie Leonida who briefs them on some of the characteristics of the breed of alien she plays. They get to meet Alan Cook, the make up artist for the show and he demonstrates for them the specifics of how he applies certain prosthetics. This has to be good insight for how they will approach their challenge. They also get to watch Stephanie and another actor film a scene. This show looks like it will be pretty cool and reminds me a bit of Alien Nation, if you’re old enough to remember that.

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Face Off Episode 409 Recap: Mummy Mayhem!

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Syfy Face Off 409 Mummy Mayhem

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate March 12, 2013): Mummy Mayhem

After what has been eight weeks of separating the wheat from the chaff, is anyone really surprised to see Anthony, Kris, Wayne and Eric Fox in the top five? I’m not. House, who’s had a few good ideas but basically avoided winning a challenge or being eliminated by treading the middle ground, could sneak into the Top Four if these other guys with Top Looks and Wins under their belts slack off at all. It’s anyone’s game to lose at this point.

Spotlight Challenge

McKenzie meets the guys at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, where six stone tablets, each embossed with a different Egyptian figure, are displayed on pedestals. And hey, guess what? There’s a new installment about to be released in the popular Evil Dead film franchise – one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history! This one spins off from a variation of the Cabin in the Woods theme, where unsuspecting friends inadvertently summon demons from beyond the grave when they start fooling around with the Book of the Dead; an ancient Egyptian Spell Book filled with images of the gods they worshipped. For tonight’s Spotlight Challenge – and it’s a doozy – the artists must choose one of the Gods on the stone tablets in front of them and bring that God to life. The catch (because of course there is one) is that they need to also make their Egyptian God a Mummy that is rising from the tomb after thousands of years of decay.

In a brilliant statement of the obvious, Wayne surmises, “it’s a lot to incorporate.”

Each guy is called up to choose his God, as follows:

Kris chooses Kunum
Anthony picks Anubis
Eric gets Ra (The Sun God!)
Wayne goes for Sobek
House gets Thoth

On a large monitor next to MacKenzie, the handsome face of veteran B-Horror film actor, Bruce Campbell, who is one of the stars of the Evil Dead movies, appears to give the guys some advice before they head off to work on their sketches. He notes that the new movie has a ‘more serious tone’ than the original, so they need to make sure their make ups are very haunting, creepy and scary. Have fun and be original! Bruce Campbell! Woo!

Everyone gets thirty minutes to sketch while being inspired by the drawings and architecture in Egyptian Theater courtyard. There is a small informative paragraph about each God inside of the sketchbooks they’ve chosen. Kunum, chosen by Kris, is a God of Water and Creation and he has a Ram’s head. Anthony’s Anubis is the God of Embalmers and “death and everything.” Wayne’s Sobek is the God of the Crocodiles. Eric explains that Ra is the Sun God, and he plans to make him “very stylized.” Eric enthusiastically confesses to also being a long time fan of the Evil Dead – since childhood! – so he’s “got this.” Thoth is the Egyptian Moon God who is also known as “the Scribe.” House will make his body a kind of tablet that has etchings all over it. He knows he has to redeem himself from last week.

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Face Off Episode 408 Recap: It’s Better in the Dark !

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Tonight’s Episode (Airdate March 5th, 2013: It’s Better In the Dark

Seven Artists remain to compete in this week’s ‘Illuminating’ Double Elimination challenge. Eric Z calls last week’s Werewolf Alien challenge “the most stressful one of his life.” He is relieved that his partner, Autumn, got eliminated and not him. “If I can survive two team challenges with Autumn,” he declares, I can survive anything!” We’ll see about that…

Spotlight Challenge

On what looks to be a day of glorious beach weather, McKenzie meets the group at Leo Carrillo State Park, where many movies have been filmed. She starts talking about undiscovered species, which has to be a hint at what their challenge will be about, right? Yes! This week’s Spotlight Challenge calls for the artists to create a new species that might live in any of Earth’s Eco systems; sea, mountains, dessert, what have you. But wait, there’s more. They must also incorporate an element of bioluminescence! The final creation must contain two distinct characteristics, one that looks good under normal light and a second that becomes visible only under ultra violet light.

She leaves them to sketch on the beach, where the gorgeous ocean waves and hidden sea caves can inspire them. House immediately gets the idea for a prehistoric fish woman. She’ll be sexy and the bioluminescence will let her take on a whole different level of beauty. Kris creates a story about a fish-person character that has been observing human life from afar and now the time has come to make contact. Anthony sketches an underwater warrior creature. The bioluminescent factor will be hidden, but will also flow along with the striping on its chest. Wayne also goes with an aquatic theme, sketching a crab-humanoid hybrid. He’s not sure yet where the luminescence will come in, but his sketch is very cool.

Everyone is excited to head back to the lab, where McKenzie has promised them a ‘surprise’ is waiting. They should know that on this show, a surprise is never a good thing. In the lab, they walk into a lovely and lush jungle scene, in front of which where is a large button on top of a pedestal. Of course, someone gets the urge to press that button, and when Eric Z does the honors, the jungle glows under a UV light revealing a message that this wil be a Double Elimination Challenge! Oh no! Nice Surprise, McKenzie!

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Face Off Episode 407, Howl at The Moon Recap Online Now!

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Face Off Episode 407 Zombies

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate February 26th, 2013) : Howl at the Moon

Tonight on Face Off, the eight remaining artists will be faced with two monstrous challenges! Coming off of last week’s elimination, everyone is sad that Alam – who was so normal and easy to get along with – had to be the one to go. Anthony and Meagan voice concerns about their status in the bottom last week, as they know they are now under close scrutiny. In other news, Eric F is rocking a lovely new spiky Mohawk hairstyle! Punk Rock!

Foundation Challenge

As the contestants approach a country house with an attached barn, McKenzie announces she has brought them out here for tonight’s Foundation Challenge, which will be to create one of the most popular creatures ever: a Zombie. Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) is the guest judge for the zombie challenge; which, appropriate. Her advice for the group is to think of how your particular zombie died, inspiring ideas to create a convincing make up. Appropriately, the models are locked up in the barn, from which they burst forth just like in that iconic scene on Hershel’s farm from The Walking Dead, season two. Everyone loves this feeling of being in the middle of the zombie apocalypse!

But there are so any zombies…too many to have just one model for each contestant, so working in teams of two they will create a horde of flesh eating zombies, applying make up to as many actors as possible. Zombie Horde!

Teams are:

Eric F and Wayne
House and Eric Z
Kris and Autumn (Kris is so not happy about this)
Anthony and Meagan

Teams will work in the farm house using the bare essentials only, and only one team member will get immunity. They have two and one half hours to work.

Anthony’s strategy for him and Meagan is to get as many faces built up as possible so that in the last hour they can just add the paint. Meagan says they have worked it out to “eight minutes per zombie.” Anthony says his objective is that they just need to look “gross and bloody.”

House admits to having done “hundreds and hundreds” of zombie make-ups, so he is ‘in the zone’ with this challenge.

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Face Off Episode 406 Recap: Bugging Out!

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Tonight’s Episode (Airdate February 19th, 2013): Bugging Out

This week, the contestants struggle with lab mishaps and time-management issues to create a metamorphosis that makes everyone get a little Bug-gy.

Foundation Challenge

McKenzie introduces a Special Guest Judge for tonight’s Foundation Challenge, Lija Stewart, who works for Make Up Forever. In tonight’s Challenge, the artists must recreate an iconic female storybook character. The winner will receive immunity plus a special prize. Dany Sanz, Creator and Artistic Director of Make Up Forever appears on a monitor and announces that the winner will also receive a make-up case filled with all of her favorite products – a prize worth thousands of dollars! This news gets everyone excited, because make up is expensive!

Each model comes out holding a different fairy tale from which the character will be pulled. Wayne chooses Little Miss Muffet. Eric Z gets Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Eric F gets Little Red Riding Hood. Autumn chooses Snow White. Anthony takes Cinderella. Kris selects Gretel from Hansel and Gretel. Alam gets Sleeping Beauty. House gets Rapunzel and Megan gets Little Bo Peep. But…there is catch: the contestants must take the classic good girls and turn them into bad girls. Lija advises them to find something in the story to drive the transformation.

They have two hours to complete the challenge. Eric is looking through the generic prosthetics pile from which to ‘Frankenstein’ his character together. Eric Z looks forward to making Belle into a bad ass. House takes long white eyelashes to use as the base of his Rapunzel make up, and will make her face a ghostly white. Kris is using straight Beauty make up to make his Gretel a beautiful bad ass. Anthony decides that Cinderella has had her skin burned off from too much work in the cinders. He is using silicone to build up third-degree burns on her skin’s surface.

Alam is going to age her Sleeping Beauty to give the full on ‘Sleeping for 100 Years’ look. Meagan confesses that she does not know much about Bo Peep’s backstory so her vision will be to make her evil and mysterious. Wayne will turn Miss Muffet into a Spider with fangs. Autumn’s Snow White has a heart of ice so she now searches the land to devour the warm heart of a Prince. Time’s up!

Lija thinks the aging Snow White could have had her aging prosthetics blended better. Eric’s Red Riding Hood has been attacked by the big bad wolf and is mid-transformation into becoming a werewolf. Lija likes it. Lija calls Wayne’s Miss Muffet “Beautifully Evil” but maybe she could have had more make-up on.

Fave looks are Eric F’s Red Riding Hood for the makeshift prosthetics and the overall character he created. She also likes Wayne’s character’s fangs. The winner is Eric F, who is ecstatic not only to win immunity but also to get his hands on that priceless make-up kit. He is happy that for the next Spotlight Challenge he can get as crazy as he wants and have no fear.

Spotlight Challenge

As the artists enter the lab, McKenzie is waiting for them beside a series of monitor displays showing photographs of what look like colorful geometric designs. Each artist will choose one image, which will serve as inspiration for the challenge. With each having chosen their image, the point of view pulls back on each image so we can see that these are actually scanned electron microscope photos of different insects! Their challenge will be to create an original bug hybrid character inspired by their chosen photos. Here is what each artist chose:

Meagan gets a Sunset Moth
Alam chose a Grasshopper
Anthony has an Ant (appropriate)
Kris’s photo is of a Blue Morpho Butterfly
House gets a Honeybee
Wayne has a Firefly
Autumn chooses a Beetle
Eric Z has a Mosquito
Eric F is delighted with his Desert Wolf Spider

The judges will expect to see the microscopic photos reflected in their make-ups. Time to sketch!

Design Phase! Kris is concerned that his Butterfly wings may be too heavy.

The mosquito is considered to be scary by Eric Z. He doubts he will use the bright pink colors of his photo throughout the piece but he will incorporate them somehow. He’s going to make a chest piece and have the arms curled up and coming out of the mid torso.

Meagan says she chose her photo because she loves all of the colors, but when it was revealed to be a moth she became apprehensive because she’s never made wings. She’s afraid it will look more like a butterfly, so wants to incorporate a Moth’s hairiness into the body piece.

House’s priority is to nail the face sculpture. His concept is a half bee / half man hybrid. Wayne’s Firefly needs a glowing abdomen as a key element but his head sculpt already looks impressive. Eric F is happy with his spider as inspiration. He’s using QVC pipe and a latex and foam skin for his half human and half spider hybrid.

Alam admits to having caught grasshoppers as a child, then frying and eating them. She says they are surprisingly good and crunchy! She is playing with a lot color and texture and will probably use silicone.

Autumn loves having a “cool ass beetle bug!” She loves the green palette. Her creature’s face will be covered in mandibles and the eyes will be on top of the head to give it the right profile. She’s going to have fun with it.

Anthony thinks his Ant is very minimal and simple. He has in mind to do many sculpts and body / leg pieces but keeps losing his focus, and he fears ending up in the bottom. With no more time to conceptualize, and everyone so far ahead of him, he feels lost. He hopes he can just get something modeled and ready for foam before the day is done.

Wayne goes through a list of all the parts and pieces he still has to complete for his creature and hopes he can get it all done, as time is called.

It’s Day Two in the lab and everyone seems to have his or her work cut out for them. McKenzie and her dad, Michael Westmore, come in for their walk through and mentoring. Meagan is looking forward to any suggestions she can get. Westmore suggests she change-up her intended colors, so she can get the true colors to show through the fur that she’s going to put on the creature’s body.

Alam shows Westmore her ambitious color palette and he says for her to avoid complicating her life with so many colors. Wayne explains his concept and when Westmore cautions him about doing too much, he just says he can pull it off. Anthony is advised to make his Ant head sculpt large enough so that the judges can tell what the creature is.

Kris is still concerned about his wings being too heavy so he decides to make them out of foam core, which is very lightweight. Since Meagan’s and Kris’s creature both have wings, Meagan wants to make sure they are not doing anything too similar.

Alam’s silicone face piece is very colorful but it’s almost application day and she still has to do the wings, the legs and body of the Grasshopper.

It’s now Day Three, which means four hours to work on last looks before hitting the reveal stage. Time for the models to come in and for the transformation to begin! Kris has an issue with his mold not fitting together, so he is worried that his piece may not be usable. Wayne is working on incorporating the texture from his photo onto the wings of his creature. Eric Z observes that nobody’s really ‘sitting pretty’ at this point. Meagan hates the paint job on her wings. Anthony, Wayne and Alam are all panicking as time is called.

The Reveal

McKenzie welcomes the contestants back to the Reveal Stage and introduces Glenn, Ve and Neville. No guest judges tonight. Okay, let’s see what we’ve got.

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House’s Honey Bee / Scientist Hybrid looks more like a grey alien to me. Not crazy about the paint job at all. He says he knows it is “not extraordinary,” which at this stage of the game could send him home.

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Wayne’s Firefly is looking very Praying Mantis-like, which is a good thing. He did a very good job on the details, which include a well-articulated jaw, feelers and the glowing body element. He confesses that, to him, it feels unfinished.

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Alam’s Grasshopper has a very beautiful paint job and she did a great job incorporating all of the colors from her photo. She’s worried about the edges and elements that she did not have time to finish.

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Eric Z’s mosquito looks like the aviator of the insect world! He’s afraid his make up looks like more of a mask, which he was trying to avoid. The body sculpt has some cool details that I think the judges are going to dig.

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Anthony’s Ant, for as much as he sweated it, came together pretty well. The head, abdomen and back sculpts all look well-made and the paint looks decent. He says at least it’s recognizable as an ant despite the fact that it’s wearing army fatigues on the lower half of its body!

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Kris’s Butterfly, I like it. Great colors and he did a nice job on the wings.

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I think that Autumn’s Beetle is the best work she’s done so far on the show. The creature’s mouth moves very naturally and you can tell she’s happy with it.

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Eric F really took advantage of having the immunity award tonight to just go insane and I think he’s come up with something that definitely stands out from all the others, since it still looks mostly very human, with random insectoid elements. The face is amazing. He says the female aspect of the creature has a classic, Old School Pin-Up style that he thinks the judges will appreciate.

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Meagan’s moth is a little rough but it sort of works. The wings – which look like Thrift Store curtains – are bad news, but the body has a distinctive moth hairiness that she was going for. She hates it and says that it looks like “Chewbaca and a moth made a baby.” Ha! Excellent.

Here come those closer looks and the judges have a lot to say about everything tonight. They like House’s attention to detail and the way Wayne’s firefly body lights up from the inside. They notice that Alam did not quite finish the back of her insect. Neville says the way the wings look makes him “want to die.”

Glenn has problems with the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” texture of Anthony’s body sculpt. They like a lot of the shapes and textures of Eric Z’s mosquito. The also love the stylized “Action Figure” details of Kris’s Butterfly and the neat sculptural details of Autumn’s Beetle. They think that the precision on Eric F’s spider face sculpt needs to be elevated. Ve calls Meagan’s Moth creature “Pop Art,” and not in a good way. And Glenn just looks at it and says “Woof.” Because, Glenn.

Judgment Time

Meagan, Kris, Alam, Wayne and Anthony are the best and the worst tonight; everyone else is safe and can leave the stage.

Meagan is first up for the inquisition. Glenn asks her to explain her decisions and what drove her design this week. She says that she read about moths and how much hair they have, but maybe she went too crazy with the hair? Neville says it’s not the amount of fur but the colors that are “killing” it. Glenn says the wings look like she lobbed paint on them from across the room. He is disappointed. Ve says that while she incorporated blue and orange into the paint job on the wings (per her photo), other than that she did not follow any design.

Kris explains that the microscopic photo inspired the top of his Butterfly’s head, but that he just made up the design for the chest. Ve says he did a beautiful job of making it up. The colors are the same as the microscopic photo. Glenn loves it! They think he made some excellent decisions with the use of colors. High Fives all around for Kris.

Alam’s Grasshopper immediately gets an earful from Neville, who says he hates the wings, and advises that “if it you run out of time and [your sculpt] looks like Hell, don’t put it on.” He says there’s a whole bunch of stuff that destroys the design. Glenn says she did not maintain the translucency of the silicone and the colors do not flow together. Ve has no idea what she was trying to do.

For Wayne’s Firefly, Glenn says he knocked it out of the park. The movement of the mouth is so well integrated into the make up that it enhances the overall look, plus the eyes look great. Neville likes the character of the silhouette and Ve loves the color scheme and the green, glowing tail. Unfortunately, he has to admit that he neglected to incorporate the elements from the photo, which was the point of the challenge.

Anthony says his creature is an Army Ant (thus, the camouflage pants). Ve says it does not look like an Ant to her. Neville says he made a lot of ‘bizarre’ decisions. Glenn is not happy with the paint, the sculpt or the overall design. After such a great winning streak earlier in the season, the judges are surprised to see him turn in such poor work.

The Top Looks are Kris for a beautiful sculpt and gorgeous colors that made for a great, creative cohesive make up. Also, Wayne’s Firefly is absolutely amazing. Glenn loves the head in proportion to the body. Neville says putting the antennas on the cheekbones, where the model could articulate them, was a good call. Sadly, forgetting to incorporate the details from the photo will surely cost him.

On the bottom, Glenn says that Meagan is not in the place she needs to be after this many challenges. Ve says her wings looks look like ‘psychedelic vomit.’ Alam made so many bad decisions, the bunched-up wings especially. And overall, this is the worst thing Anthony has done, especially the disappointing antennae.

We already know that the Top Looks are Kris’s Butterfly and Wayne’s Firefly but, since Wayne forgot to incorporate his microscopic photo images, Kris wins by default. Kris is extremely grateful and knows Wayne would have snagged the win had the situation been different.

Who sucks and why: A textural divide between the body and the wings, plus a bad paint job, mean Meagan could go home. Anthony’s make up felt tacked-on, and they can tell he struggled with the concept. Alam made bad design choices and has poor time management skills. And…it looks like Alam is going home tonight. Not only did the judges not understand her choices, but she didn’t even understand them. Alam had some great ideas in many of the challenges – and even pulled out a win in the Candy Challenge. No doubt she’ll hone her skills and we’ll see her work in the movies.

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The episode recaps of SyFy’s Face Off Season 4 were originally written for the website, Redesign Revolution. As that site has gone offline, this article has been added into the historical archive of the Worley Gig for all of our readers to enjoy.

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Face Off Episode 405 Recap: Two Heads Are Better Than One !

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FACE OFF Episode 405

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate February 12th, 2013): Two Heads Are Better Than One

I think anyone who’s followed this season of Syfy’s Face Off since episode one would agree that nearly all the contestants achieved their best mix of skill and creativity with the Goblin King challenge, with most failing to reach that same skill level each week since. This week’s challenge may be one the one that provides them with a much needed creative kick in the ass.

Spotlight Challenge

At Magic Mountain theme park in Los Angeles, the contestants get to have some fun before hooking up with McKenzie. Why are they there? It has something to do with the giant redwood tree behind her, meaning this week’s theme is all about Giants (of course!). Producer / Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, and the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer) is introduced as this episode’s Guest Judge. His presence also relates to this week’s Spotlight Challenge being a tie-in for the new Jack the Giant Slayer film– of course! For this challenge, the catch is that the Giants must have at least two heads! Bryan offers some advice that creating a compelling character comes from infusing the actor’s personality into the character.

This is another team challenge with randomly selected teams being:

Alam and Eric Z
Kris and Eric F
Meagan and Jenna
Wayne and House
Autumn and Anthony

McKenzie advises the artists that when Bryan joins the judges on the Reveal stage, he will be looking for something original; something never seen before, but also something that brings out the personality in the models they choose and that makes the character come to life.

In the Design Phase, they have a few hours to sketch inside the theme park. Eric F and Kris decide to incorporate Jack into their Giant character. House and Wayne are going to do three heads, because two heads are easy! Also, their Giant’s feet will be like tree roots, since he lives out in the woods. Meagan and Jenna try to keep things minimal. They sketch their design with a head stacked on top of a head, rather than the heads being side by side. Anthony and Autumn conceive a contorted giant with heads growing out of the twisted body as a kind of genetic mutation – ambitious!

Alam and Eric Z make a Giant-slaying Giant where the heads of his victims are attached to his feet. The disembodied heads will speak as well, at least in theory. The two of them really get along well. House and Wayne work on their sculpt together to combine their styles fully.

Anthony gives up some control to Autumn and lets her sculpt the face so he can concentrate on the chest and back. He plans to let Autumn think she has more control than she does; probably not a bad idea.

Bigger means better for Eric F and Kris. Eric uses the lab floor to draw with chalk to assess the amount of area that needs to get covered. Their creature is going to be ten feet tall! Now that’s a giant. Have they bitten off more than they can chew?

Now that some time has passed, and Wayne and House see a few three-headed giants popping up, they decide to take theirs back down to just two heads. With time called at the end of day one, Autumn is very proud of her face sculpt and hopes that Anthony won’t get credit for all of it.

Day Two begins with a lot of work to do! Alam starts work on her creature’s third head. Wayne incorporates a lot of tree elements and bark texture on his creature’s chest. Michael and McKenzie Westmore arrive for the mentoring walk through. House and Wayne’s tree root feet get high marks from Westmore. He advises them to watch the color on their paint job so they don’t lose the detail. Jenna and Meagan are advised to watch their edge detail and to keep it smooth.

Westmore remarks on the nice cleft lip detail of Anthony and Autumn’s face sculpt. Eric Z and Alam are also advised to pay close attention to the chosen paint color scheme for their creature’s “head feet.” Eric F explains that the Giant’s heads will be puppets and their model will be the face of Jack, who will be incorporated into the finished creature. Westmore warns them about the importance of time management, which Eric had issues with last week.

The molding phase gets pretty messy for all the teams and differences of methods and preferred procedures start popping up. Jenna is afraid that Meagan has no faith in her ability at all. Eric F says that their mold is so big that working with it is like trying to plaster a hot tub. Meagan cannot open the mold Jenna made. Eric F steps in to help them get it open successfully. What they find out next is that the mold will not close properly, and there is a gap. This is not ideal. Time’s Up!

On Day Three, Application Day, they have four hours to complete their Giant’s make up! The gaps in Meagan and Jenna’s mold has resulted in huge, obvious seems, a deformed nose and other major aesthetic issues. Jenna seems optimistic that they can hide the flaws. Autumn and Anthony also have tears in their headpiece, but know how to fix it. Alam and Eric Z have perfectly molded tree feet, yay! Anthony is painting everything for their Giant while Autumn works on the costume because “Anthony is afraid of the sewing machine.”

House and Wayne start dressing their massive body builder model and give him pointers on how to walk like a giant, which is hilarious. Their creature looks really well made even this early in the application phase. Wayne sees it all coming together.

Jenna and Meagan cannot get the cowl to stay on the model’s head. They really display a sense of defeat and, of course, Jenna’s hands are numb and useless again. Meagan calls it a disaster.

At Last Looks, the intensity heats up. House says the Last Looks of this challenge may be the most intense so far. Kris and Eric F are making their creature’s costume at the very last minute, literally piecing together scraps of fabric. Meagan and Jenna are hopelessly screwed. The phrase ‘Hot Mess’ comes up again, as it seems to every week. How will they get it together for the reveal with just minutes remaining?

The Reveal

Bryan Singer has joined Glenn, Ve and Neville, who wishes the contestants a “Giant Hello”! McKenzie reiterates the challenge objective of creating a Giant with at least two heads that the character of Jack might have met and slain in the story of Jack the Giant Killer. Let’s see how they did.

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Alam and Eric’s character, technically, only has one head, but the disembodied heads on each of his feet probably qualify to meet the challenge’s requirements. He looks pretty good, though I am not sure about the blue paint job on the face and body.

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Kris and Eric F’s creature makes Neville burst out laughing as soon as he sees it. I have to say it is really amazing that they have the model’s face and eyes peering out from inside ‘Jack’s’ head, suspended as he is in the middle of the Giant’s body. It looks just fantastic.

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Jenna and Meagan did manage to get something out onto the stage despite how lost they were. It’s messy, but at least it’s something: kind of a Jolly Green Giant meets the Green Man, gone somewhat awry.

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House and Wayne’s Giant has two heads, where one is the model’s and the other is a sculpted puppet, but I have to say it is quite difficult to say which one is which – it is that good. The tree root-like hands and feet are also excellent.

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Anthony and Autumn’s has the most human expression of any of the creatures so far. I like the various mutant heads emerging from the Giant’s body.

The judges take a closer look and get a big round of laughs out of Eric and Wayne’s “Jack plus the Giants” creature. They also love the choices that Anthony and Autumn made. The judges easily spot all of the flaws in Jenna and Meagan’s creature, so I’d say it’s a no-brainer that these ladies will be in the bottom looks.

Judgment Time

Bryan says that he is not only very impressed but also “blown away” by the results of the challenge. Tonight, no one is dismissed as just being “safe” so everybody stays to explain his or her work so, which is a first this season so far.

Wayne and House are up first. House explains that with two heads, they wanted the actor to be the puppeteer of the second head. He also says they used the redwood tree as the inspiration as seen in the body. Glenn likes it a lot although he has trouble with the body proportions. Ve loves the non-bark color and says he looks like a stone statue but with great animal qualities. Neville likes the great sculpt and Bryan says theirs is the only one where the Giant’s two heads can interact.

Autumn and Anthony are next. The story behind this giant is that the head on his back whispers into the Giant’s ear “to control the beast.” Ve says that while it did not look so good to her from far away, she really liked it a lot up close. Glenn asks how long it took them to do the three-eyed paint job and is impressed that Anthony says it took them just five minutes apiece. Bryan makes a crack about the gloves they chose for the costume looking like they came from a sporting goods store (laughs all around), but then says that they did a great job.

Alam and Eric Z explain that they took a folk tale approach to their giant, and his ax is used to slay other giants. Two of his victim’s heads are seen on the giant’s feet and the heads continue to complain like “tired, complaining feet.” Glenn calls this an “absolutely dreadful” decision that distracts him from looking at anything else. Ve says it’s too bad those heads were not somewhere else, because “from the ankles up, he’s fabulous.” Neville says that the feet heads look “too playful” for the concept. The feet are “so wretched” that it just kills it for him.

Kris and Eric F again get laughs immediately as soon as they take the podium with their creature. Bryan declares it the most ambitious of the night before they even open their mouths to speak about it. Eric explains their concept as “the little guy taking on the world.” Glenn says it’s definitely the biggest make up they’ve ever had on the show. He can see how much work they’ve done and says they should be impressed with themselves. Great success!

Okay, here we go with Jenna and Meagan attempting to do damage control on their disastrous design. It sounds like they are making it up as they go along as Jenna explains the concept that Jack was just an ordinary guy and a giant started to take over his body. Jenna breaks down in tears as she explains that a ongoing issue with her hands has crippled her to the point where she brings down anyone who works with her. In effect, she threw herself under the bus, which is the first time I’ve seen that happen on this show. Neville says it’s hard to critique the work because he doesn’t want to kick her when she is down. Glenn comments on the stunning lack of originality and bad decisions.

Everyone heads back to the make-up room so the judges can make their final decisions. Top looks are Wayne and House for the interactive aspects and the paint job, and Anthony and Autumn for the spectacular paint job, the impressive amount of sculpting they did and the interesting reveal of the multiple heads. And of course they also love love love Eric F and Kris’s clever concept and great sense of humor.

Bottom looks are Meagan and Jenna for reasons that take too long to talk about and Alam and Eric Z for their poor “head foot” concept with no alternate concepts even considered.

The top team tonight is…Kris and Eric F, and well deserved! They worked hard and delivered a serious ‘Wow Factor.’ Eric F takes top honors for the team, for being responsible for the total concept. As an aside: I wish Eric had a less ridiculous haircut.

And it should really be no surprise that Jenna goes home tonight. The judges have great empathy for her condition and encourage her to just concentrate on getting well and to not let it get her down or discourage her. Poor Jenna. I hope she recovers.

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The episode recaps of SyFy’s Face Off Season 4 were originally written for the website, Redesign Revolution. As that site has gone offline, this summary has been added into the historical archive of the Worley Gig for all of our readers to enjoy.

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Face Off Episode 404 Recap: Eye Candy!

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Face Off Eye Candy

Tonight’s Episode (Airdate February 5th, 2013): Eye Candy

The artists must create a Candy-themed Creature Incorporating candy located throughout the lab. Will this be the week that another contestant breaks Anthony’s winning streak?

Foundation Challenge

At the Federal Bar, a 1920’s bar and former site of the first annual Beard and Mustache competition (Yes: it is a thing), McKenzie introduces the contestants to John Meyatt the President of the National Beard and Mustache Club and the National Beard Champion! John tells them that their Foundation Challenge is to hand-lay outrageous facial hair. But, the models are all women; and they must transform their models into bearded circus ladies! The winner receives immunity from elimination in the Spotlight Challenge. John offers some inside advice by telling the contestants that these beard and mustache competitions are a ‘cross between a male beauty pageant and a dog show.’ Fun!

Contestants are provided with all kinds of hair and racks of circus wardrobe / costumes. This should be a kick! The artists have two hours to complete their looks. Jenna finds a beautiful saloon dress and starts making her model into a leprechaun burlesque dancer. Eric Z says laying hair is all about the application, so he wants it to look very natural, while Eric F says he has no experience with laying hair so he is just going to put some glue on her face and start sticking hair into it. Alex wants to dye her lady’s beard pink. Wayne somehow keeps injuring his hand. Eric Z is concerned that his approach may be too conservative since everyone else is being so outrageous. Time’s up!

John likes the pink in Alex’s facial hair but thinks it could be cleaned-up and more symmetrical. John and McKenzie love Jenna’s burlesque leprechaun. Eric Z gets props for his realistic look and John says his lady looks very masculine and that the hair is laid very realistically. House’s mustache should have been a bit thicker under the nose. Overall Eric F gets called out for the color and blending of the hair. Alex also gets props for her color blending and curls on the beard and mustache. And the winner is Eric Z, who is now immune from elimination!

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Face Off Episode 401 Recap: Make It Reign!

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Tonight’s Episode (Airdate January 15, 2013): Make It Reign

Hello and welcome to my recaps of Season Four of SyFy Channel’s Face Off, the reality competition show where special effects makeup artists compete for a $100,000 prize! I’ve been watching Face Off since Season One, and I’m a huge fan, so this should be a lot of fun. Before we get to this season’s first challenges, let’s meet the players!

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On the judges panel we have industry veterans Glenn Hetrick – Face Off’s Anthony Bourdain! – and Ve Neil (below) returning for their fourth season on the show.

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Artist / creature designer Neville Page is back as permanent replacement for production designer / director Patrick Totopoulos, who left a few weeks into the third season to direct his 300 sequel. Welcome judges!

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Former soap opera actress McKenzie Westmore returns as our charming host, with her famous father Michael Westmore (revered for his makeup work with the Star Trek franchise) joining this season as a mentor.

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Season Four’s 14 Artist Contestants (with age and home city noted) are:

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Alam Park, 25 – Seattle, WA

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Alexandra (Alex) McCoy, 31 – Orlando, FL

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Anthony Kosar, 26 – Lisle, IL

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