Partial Face Transplants

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/29/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 12/1/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 37
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
Partial Face Transplants
Contest Directions: [ A year after a Frenchwoman received the world's first partial face transplant, doctors say the operation was a success and she is gaining more and more sensitivity and facial mobility. British and American doctors already have plans for a first full-face transplant. ]
Even if full face transplants become successful, politicians will never accept them. It's just too expensive to get transplants on two faces.
In this contest you are asked to perform partial face transplants on politicians and celebrities. The right half of a face has to be from one celebrity and the left half from another. Politicians and celebrities face mixes are also allowed and cross gender face breeds too.

Contest Info

    • Started: 11/29/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 12/1/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 37
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
37 pictures
  • Magento and Mystique Hybrid Face Transplant

    Magento and Mystique Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Rather well done. A lot of effort here, right down to individual hairs.
        • X-quisite image, great matching of skin tones
  • Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp Hybrid Face Transplant

    Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Nicely blended. Looks like a real person, but decidedly more Bloomish than Deppish.
        • Pretty is as pretty does. Excellent chop.
  • Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley Hybrid Face Transplant

    Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley Hybrid Face Transplant
        • A bit more artistic rather than photo-realistic, but still top-shelf work
        • They looking so similar, They could be sisters/twins.
  • Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson Hybrid Face Transplant

    Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Can't be too long before we see a Jaris Himpson ... video on the internet...

          [Edited by User on 11/30/2006 4:58:08 PM]
        • Wonderfully awful, and brilliantly done!
        • Man, the chop is a killer, and author's comment got me laughing hysterically!
        • Hard to believe (LOL) but the Simpson side looks goofier than the Hilton side. LOL
          Great job ! Bravo !!
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant

    Bill and Hillary Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Oh, wow, great idea and execution. That's an awesome doo!
        • Nightmare, but well done. Good job with hair.
        • Does explain Chelsea's, well, awkward stage...
        • Yikes. There's probably an equally odd looking intern under the desk!
        • I fell laughing on the floor !! Excellent photo !!!
  • Will Smith and Bill Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant

    Will Smith and Bill Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant
        • This is great. I like! High five!
          I would add a little gray hair to Clinton's side.

          [Edited by User on 11/30/2006 12:22:27 PM]
        • Nearly perfect. Going monochrome really solves the skin-color balace problem.
        • I get a lot more Will than Bill. But it's a cool image to look at.
        • Cool Beans. I would make eyes the same size though. Bill's eye seems much larger. Maybe Bill is Smoth's "Big Brother"
  • Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld Hybrid Face Transplant

    Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld Hybrid Face Transplant
  • Maryl Streep and Paris Hilton Hybrid Face Transplant

    Maryl Streep and Paris Hilton Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Good choice...their faces are already similar.
        • One of the finest entries in the contest in my opinion.
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Hybrid Face Transplant

    Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Hybrid Face Transplant
        • That's so bizarre.
          LOL...Looks like a gorilla arm compared to Katie's arm.
          There's a distinct line where the two colors on the neck come together tho.
        • Horrifying but nearly perfect. The at those arms!
        • Good one. Hope they are equally compatible in real life!
        • I like the hint of stubble on her side. Nice job.
        • veru nice work. but the face didn't convience
        • Love it! Prolly greatest chop of TomKat I've ever seen. The hand is a killer.
        • how in the world did they have a cute child?
  • Katherine Heigl and Milla Jovovich Hybrid Face Transplant

    Katherine Heigl and Milla Jovovich Hybrid Face Transplant
        • The blending on the nose makes it look flat--sort of like it's pressed against glass. Nice otherwise.
        • Yeah, something not so natural about the nose, otherwise very clean and photo realistic job
        • Nice work but I thought the point was to blend distinct faces, not try to make both sides look the same?
  • Queen Elizabeth and Elton John Hybrid Face Transplant

    Queen Elizabeth and Elton John Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Not bad. Although the source image of Liz is large, it's a bit blurry.
        • Finally, we see the Queen as she really is!
        • The idea is great, the execution is great, the Title is a cherry on top
  • George W Bush and Indian Chief Hybrid Face Transplant

    George W Bush and Indian Chief Hybrid Face Transplant
        • I love this one. But I liked it better without the cigar because it was more recognizeable as Bush.
  • Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley Hybrid Face Transplant

    Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley Hybrid Face Transplant
  • Julia Roberts and Jessica Biel Hybrid Face Transplant

    Julia Roberts and Jessica Biel Hybrid Face Transplant
        • She looks convinsing enough! And she has a combined of 42 teeth
  • Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant

    Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Not bad except at the chin. Balancing the skin tones works; I wonder how it might have looked otherwise.
        • I frightened Auntie Em...I'm Frightened!

          Hilarious chop!
        • A scary thought and an equally scary result.
        • Boo! Hilary scares everybody, including Condi! Nice.
  • Alice Cooper and Al Pacino Hybrid Face Transplant

    Alice Cooper and Al Pacino Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Nice idea! But the Pacino side is not as crisp as the Alice side.
        • Well done. Seeing the full size is a must.
        • Love the concept---although Pacino probably wouldn't.
        • All that plastic surgery really shows on Al....... funny work.
        • This stuff is scary because it looks so real! I now start to understand they look similar indeed
  • Tom Cruise and Camilla Belle Partial Face Transplant

    Tom Cruise and Camilla Belle Partial Face Transplant
        • Wow, real nice. Good blend on the beard!
        • very great work but you may add some beard to the right side also
        • Thanks!

          Krish, thanks for the suggestion, but this is the look I was going for.
        • Great chop. Camilla shows class by shaving too!
        • who is the other celeb with Tom Cruise? I don't see the name anywhere. thx.
  • Donald Trump and Bill Gates Hybrid Face Transplant

    Donald Trump and Bill Gates Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Trump comes through a lot stronger than Gates. Probably has something to do with the trademark comb-over. Good subject.
        • poor Bill. He's got better hair. Good merge.
  • 50 Cent and Tom Cruise Hybrid Face Transplant

    50 Cent and Tom Cruise Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Hahah, definitly get's extra points for humor! Great execution and idea !
        • Remarkable job. Both sides look good individually and in combination.
  • Carmen Electra and Elizabeth Hurley Hybrid Face Transplant

    Carmen Electra and Elizabeth Hurley Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Nice merge. But I'll take either of the originals.
  • Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller Hybrid Face Transplant

    Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller Hybrid Face Transplant
  • Harry Potter and Frodo Hybrid Face Transplant

    Harry Potter and Frodo Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Amazing how much they do resemble one another.
        • Whata big 'eye' he has! Remarkable chop!
        • Fair. Hair edging seems unfinished. Flesh looks a bit smudged. Good work with glasses.
        • Tough faces to match--but a valiant effort.
  • Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice Hybrid Face Transplant

    Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice Hybrid Face Transplant
        • laughing my arse off...I was actually thinking of doing a Condi-Oprah combo!
          Nicely done.
        • Excellent! Sure shows the value of mascara and eye shadow!
  • Kofi Annan and Bill Cosby Hybrid Face Transplant

    Kofi Annan and Bill Cosby Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Subtle. Kofi's eye isn't as sharp as Bill's.
        • Balanced a lot more towards Kofi than Bill---but the blending is nicely done.
  • Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba Hybrid Face Transplant

    Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba Hybrid Face Transplant
        • I can't tell which half is which person? (Maybe that's good?)
  • Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry Hybrid Face Transplant

    Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Nice. I hope they never have children together.
        • Funny! Looks like they beat each other up.
        • Poor Nancy. She would never have a chance!
  • Britney Spears and Drew Barrymore Hybrid Face Transplant

    Britney Spears and Drew Barrymore Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Great idea, but the perspectives are off. Drew is chin up & Brittney is chin down.

          [Edited by User on 11/30/2006 11:51:36 AM]
        • A nice effort. Having the source faces at closer to matching angles would made it even better.
        • One minor nit: The dark spot in the lips detracts. Otherwise pretty good.
  • Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan Hybrid Partial Face Transplant

    Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan Hybrid Partial Face Transplant
        • Great idea, but Connery's face needs a bit more contrast to match the othe side.
        • Okay, but the densities of the dark areas of Sean's face should've better matched Pierce's.
        • I like it! Two bonds are better than one.
        • Sean's got a bright forehead. Love the idea.
  • Jessica Simpson and Marcia Cross Hybrid Face Transplant

    Jessica Simpson and Marcia Cross Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Nice blending. I would've like to see this a bit bigger tho...so that detail can be seen.
        • Light and color mostly balanced. Hairline not quite right. Darkness densities don't match eye to eye.
        • Jessica needs to think about going red! The left side and the right could be matched better.
  • Keira Knightley & Natalie Portman Hybrid Face Transplant

    Keira Knightley & Natalie Portman Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Good match, but I'd like to see it finished.
        • It's a great match - and this is somehow more enigmatic than your final version.
        • I guess the blood flow hasn't returned to the transplanted side yet. Cool idea and well done.
        • Eh... I think it would be better finished... it looks too fake...
  • Superman Partial Face Transplant

    Superman Partial Face Transplant
        • This is a great idea...but add more contrast to the face on the right and sharpen it a little.
          Good luck.
        • Right side of face is a bit too blurry..otherwise a nice idea.
        • This is a great idea. Looks like you were starting with source images were pretty diverse--and it still shows in the sharpness and contrast.
  • George W Bush and John Kerry Hybrid Face Transplant

    George W Bush and John Kerry Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Great idea, but there's a bit too much blue on Kerry's side. Almost looks like Marilyn Manson.
  • Madonna and Angelina Jolie Hybrid Face Transplant

    Madonna and Angelina Jolie Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Madonna's definately on the loosing end on this one! Angelina's still beautiful.
          Altho, it needs a bit more blending on her eye lid & on her temple area.
        • Is Madonna still around? Darkness densities don't match from eye to eye.
  • Marilyn Manson and Gene Simmons Hybrid

    Marilyn Manson and Gene Simmons Hybrid
        • Concept is good. Tongue isn't quite believable. Shirt, hand, hat and background blacks are less saturated than the facial blacks.
  • Jack Black and Brad Pitt Hybrid Face Transplant

    Jack Black and Brad Pitt Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Well that's just weird!
          But then, so is Jack Black. Too bad the pic isn't larger.
        • Brad Pitt is gonna be one ... ed off dude when he sees this.
        • Funny, how a person can look different! Nice choice.
  • Halle Berry and Christina Ricci Hybrid Face Transplant

    Halle Berry and Christina Ricci Hybrid Face Transplant
        • Christina's side looks over-blended compared to Halle's side.
        • Christina side needed some color adjustment to match Halle,
        • Lower mouth on the Ricci side makes her look a little bit like a stroke victim.
        • A little too much airbrushing, and stroke mouth.
  • Uma Thurman and Cate Blanchett Hybrid Face Transplant

    Uma Thurman and Cate Blanchett Hybrid Face Transplant
        • The yellow hair is blurry at the root area, and a larger pic would've been better.
        • The eyes are well matched. Nose, mouth and hair could use add'l work. Still a good effort.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Face transplant surgery, performed last week in Lyon by a group of surgeons, led by Prof. Dubernard, raises countless questions of anthropological nature. For western societies, face is crystallization of personality self-sentiment. Face expresses absolute individuality and at the same time, demonstrates belongingness of human being to one or the other group. No other part of the body can indicate the uniqueness of an individual and testify about his social connections. A person is known, recognized and loved by his face. Alongside with gender, face is most powerful self-feeling such as personality. Painful experiences, connected with changes in features, remind us that the person lives not only in the physical body. If it was so, no facial trauma, if it does not carry functional nature, would not have disturbed the person to lead a comfortable life further as if nothing has occurred. Primarily, person lives in imaginary body, showered with senses and values with which the person perceives the world and he himself becomes a part of the world. Disfigurement is fraught with harsh severance of the union - always in some or the other difficult level, but permanent - between actual body and its appearance, which has developed in the individual. For a while or forever, but the disfigured person feels "suspended" of "I", symbolic loss of the essence and only through huge efforts of will it is possible overcome this feeling. He starts feeling that his individuality "slipping away" from him at each sight of himself in a mirror or at the looks of strangers. Many people feel themselves as social outcasts in this world and grieve about themselves and continue to live. Disfiguration is symbolic loss. Ability to endure this ordeal and again enjoy the life in complete sense depends on personal experience of the person, on his social status and cultural level, on his age, qualities and on his surroundings. But sometimes, he experiences personality loss, sudden loss of everything, which was his earlier and this is an irreparable loss. Disfiguration is not an illness from which it is possible to recover and not a wound to leave only a scar upon healing. It is equivalent to deformity even though an individual does not lose parts of the body but only the features change. Disfiguration gives only single option: Either to reconcile with that has happened or undergo painful surgeries. Face loss is a metaphor, signifying death. In psychological and social proposition, face loss indicates loss of his place in the world for an individual. Will the person can cope up with it or not depends on his deep inner resources. Looking at disfiguration is unavoidable. Worse of all, it reflects social detriment of an individual, which he cannot hide from disfigurement, cannot hide it beneath a mask, cannot pretend with whom, he once was associated. It is visible to everyone, calls for curious looks of passers-by and embarrassment in interlocutors at first sight. From this point of view, face transplant is above all, surgery of feeling. Surgery is performed to return back taste of life to patient. Important part of the body is amputated, on which the patient builds his connection with world and suffers in double meaning of this word- from inability to look at self and recognize himself in new and terrible face. Operation indicates symbolic return back to the world. But face transplant, apart from other things, means transplant of foreign individuality. For human consciousness, it is equivalent to earthquake. Having a face of other person means agreeing on not to recognize self and lose an opportunity to look into a mirror so as to find other person instead of himself. Of course, discussion is not about duplicating the donor's face facial tissues are transplanted on bones and cartilages of recipient. But, after the surgery, patient finds completely not his original face and cannot avoid the shock he gets from the impression. Feeling of "Afflicted" & "De-personified" risk element is rather high in people with fragile psyche and who so wishes to get operated do not consider all the pros and cons. Transplant of organs or tissues is not an easy experience for the patients: This is a huge shock, which remains for a long long-time. In spite of strict medical monitoring to avoid infections and graft rejection, often patient views the received organ as "venenate" gift. Contrary to mechanistic view on human body, it is insufficient to transplant one part of a person in other person so as to treat the ailment since such a surgical intervention causes changes in personal feelings of the patient. Receiving a donation requires reciprocity, guaranteeing the preservation of dignity in both the recipient and donor. If you are receiving something, then you should be in a position to give something back in exchange. Transplantation of organs and tissues raises the issue about sacrifice, about symbolic price to purchase sounder health and in present case for the restoration of face more valuable, socially acceptable and if possible more similar to original inherent face. These days, it is possible to find patients, ready to risk everything, relying on "Divine trade" as if their lives are immaterial without face. Since the life of disfigured person is a never-ending agony, we need to understand that option of going-in for surgery has a reason, even though cost of the operation can be too high. In spite of strict necessity to take daily drugs, avoiding the graft rejection and apart from that the "restored" face shall not be completely identical to earlier original face and also it is important to be aware of the consequences of such an operation for feeling as an individual.