Face Off with Inspiration

Anyone else addicted to Syfy’s reality competition show, Face Off? (Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen this week’s episode yet.)

The contestants’ interpersonal dramas don’t interest me; their extreme level of creativity does.

Love them or hate them, the competitors are all highly skilled artists taking on incredible challenges with next to no time for second guessing their choices. With each challenge they have to dream up wild designs on the spot and get right to work sculpting, molding and painting everything needed to turn gorgeous models into monsters, aliens or whatever that week’s assignment may be. Their inventiveness is astounding.

Last night’s episode was a lesson in making the most with what you have. When the ears broke off the molded mask of Ian’s bat-like creation — the cowl piece tore as well — he turned those flaws into battle wounds, adding layers of character to the creature and impressing the judges in the process. The pressure was on, too, considering one of the judges was the man whose designs the contestants were bringing to life.

Ian's Bat Lady

Photo courtesy NBC Universal, Inc.

When the judge/designer said Ian’s design improved on the original, it was pretty clear who the winner of the Alien Interpreters episode would be.

Watching true artists tackle creative challenges by using their own inventiveness and problem solving skills is both fun and inspiring. I can hardly wait for next week.

Are you watching Face Off, too?

If not, it’s well worth a look. Watch previous episodes at the link above, then tune in Wednesdays at 10:00 ET/ 9:00 CT on Syfy.


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on February 23, 2012, in Creativity, Inspiration, TV and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love it!

    BTW, can you give us a way to subscribe to your RSS feed?

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