Pumpkins and More

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for a variety of reasons:
1). It happens in the fall, the best time of year
2). You get to eat candy and also GIVE candy
3). Costumes (Getting to dress up as a superhero is always cool)
4). Pumpkins and pumpkin carving

My wife and I have a little tradition of carving a pumpkin with a Batman villain each year. So far she’s artistically crafted Two-Face, The Joker, and done a silhouetted Batman. This year I wanted us to take on Bane but she wasn’t as willing. This past weekend we went to a Pumpkin Carving Party where I tried my hand at Bane and ended up with something that looks a bit more like Megatron from The Transformer movies. This was my process and end result:

First I did a sketch of what I wanted to carve. As you can see it’s mostly mask and eyes, which was how he was represented recently in The Dark Knight Rises by Tom Hardy.

Then I taped the sketch onto the pumpkin and using a tool (what we dubbed “The Poker,” I punctured little holes around the outlines of the areas I was going to carve.

Which proved to be time consuming and difficult. So I grabbed a marker and drew another sketch directly on the pumpkin using the previous sketch from the paper as reference.

Then the carving, which included going completely through the pumpkin for the eyes and pieces of the tubing for the mask. This was the most difficult step.

This was the end result, which you can see doesn’t exactly resemble Bane. In my defense, this was the first pumpkin I’ve carved since I was a little kid. I’ll do better next year.

Since Leilani opted out of doing a Batman villain, she went with her first love: cats. This is the amazing work she did of the “I Can Has A Cheez-burger” Cat

Check out more of Leilani’s great pumpkin carving and read her witty stories on her BLOG. This is one of the pumpkins she’s done in years past, her inspiration was Tim Sale’s Joker:

Maybe next year I’ll try doing my favorite album covers on pumpkins. I can use these for inspiration:

This carving comes from Bryan Moore. Check out more of his work at www.thegourdsgonewild.com

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkins and More

  • January 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting a pic of one of my carves you might try for your next years stuff (Slash).

    Feel free to go to my site and look around. The Slash carve is from my 2009 carves. If you go look, you’ll see a few AC/DC ones too from the same year. I also carved one of Jackyl this past year as well and is shown in the 2012 gallery along with more of my stuff.

    Bryan Moore/www.thegourdsgonewild.com

    • January 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Hey thanks Bryan. We’re huge fans of creative art like pumpkin carving. Your work is fabulous, and thanks for being ok with us posting it. I’ll go back and add your credit.


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