Face Off: “Royal Flush”

At the beginning of this week’s episode of Face Off, the 13 remaining artists were brought to Hollywood’s Normandie Casio—a location featured prominently in both The X Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—to receive their latest assignment.

From a deck of cards, each artist selected a member of the Royal Court (a Jack, a King, a Queen, or a Joker). Drawing on this character and the suit of the card in question, they were tasked with creating outlandish and quirky characters worthy of a Tim Burton film. This was also the first time this group of artists was left to work individually for a spotlight challenge, resulting in far more independence—and pressure.

For her take on the Joker, Regina came up with the idea of a two-faced character. While she was very excited about this concept, the execution proved more difficult than expected. After a lengthy struggle, she found a way to attach her second face, but the character wasn’t sufficiently impressive to crack the top three.

For his take on the Jack of Clubs, Julian struggled to remove gelatin from his mold, devoting an inordinate amount of time to this process.

However, it turned out to be worth the effort, as this character emerged as one of the judges’ three favourites.

This episode’s other two triumphs were Darla’s Jack of Hearts and Emily’s Queen of Hearts.

Unaccustomed to creating female characters, Daniel had tremendous difficulty with the Queen of Diamonds. The face sculpt alone consumed much of his time and energy.

In the end, this character disappointed the judges, as did similarly problematic creations by Jamie and Anthony.

As the episode came to a close, these three artists found themselves on the brink of elimination.

The rest of the artists delivered a variety of highs and lows, staving off elimination for one more week.

To find out who’s celebrating and who’s going home, watch episode four now.