I have wanted to initiate this challenge for a while now—if only for my own personal development as an artist/writer—and I think it is the perfect time for me to break out…The Face Off Challenge (dun dun duuuuun)!
For those of you who don’t know, Face Off is a TV show on Syfy where movie makeup artists compete by creating fantastic makeup effects based on specific scenarios designed to mimic the movie making process. For example, last week they did an episode where the contestants had to design a creature based off of a sound effect. Here are a few of my favorites:
You can check out the rest HERE.
Pretty sweet, huh?
The most important part of creating a believable character is coming up with a backstory—and everyone knows that when the contestant has a good backstory, his or her chance of winning increases exponentially. So I thought that it would be a good exercise in character design to accept the challenges from the show.
Wikipedia has a lovely list of all of the prompts from every season:
I will add the caveat that not all of the challenges from the list can be attempted without watching the episode first, but the majority of them can be done based on the descriptions from Wikipedia. For example, you could design a character from season 6, episode 3, where the contestants had to create a human-dragon hybrid based on the appearance of a knight’s shield that they were given. The different types of shields are given in the list of adjectives next to the contestants’ names.
So explore some of these prompts and find one that you think is interesting. Say you wanted to design a dragon-man who spews sand instead of fire; you can write about him, draw him, or, heck, even compose a theme song for him!
Post your original characters in the comments below. We’d love to see what you come up with!