The Laughing Dead was a difficult challenge because we were required to create a ghost character that was both creepy and funny (like Beetlejuice). Being a huge Beetlejuice fan, this challenge was very exciting, especially because the great Ve Neill is one of the judges. My ghost character was an egotistical 1920's baseball player who killed himself during an angry rant at a game. In the afterlife, the bat that struck him down remains stuck in his head and the hat he never took off is now apart of his anatomy. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of creating a character that was extremely hyper-stylized which resulted in my elimination. Face off was an incredible/ life changing experience. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.
(Photo Credit:Brett-Patrick Jenkins)
The challenge this week was to create a character in response to one of the seven deadly sins. I ended up with "envy." Designing a character for the word envy was initially a struggle, especially because part of the challenge was to create a response the was not too literal. According to a synopsis from Dante's Inferno, I found that people who committed the sin of envy had their eyes sewn shut with iron wire. I decided to utilize the punishment of sight deprivation but instead of iron wire I created stain glass windows over the eyes and melded the rest of the head with cathedral architecture. I had a lot of fun this challenge! It's was great having Bryan Fuller as a guest judge!
(Photo: painting during last looks! Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder-Shattuck)
"Living Art" was a unique challenge because our task was to create a makeup in response to a 20th century art movement. I selected the expressionism movement for this challenge! Expressionism is a subjective movement that deals with emotions and mood rather than physical reality. Vincent Van Gogh was an important precursor to Expressionism. Like artists of the 20th century, I took inspiration from the styles of Impressionism and Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" to create something encompassing emotion and mood. However, I decided to go for a different mood (stress) by making the color palette oranges and reds. The paint job fell incredibly flat in the end. However, I was very happy with the sculptures I made for this character.
(Photo: painting! Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder-Shattuck)
Had a lot of fun visiting art classes at both Olmsted Falls High School and Clearview High School to talk about Special Effects and Visual Effects! There are a lot of talented young artists out there!
The challenge was to create a mother earth goddess and our characters were required to include elements inspired by our own mother.
My makeup was awfully unfinished and it was tough to send it on stage in front of the judges. I would love to redo this makeup in the future, given more time.
( Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder-Shattuck)