In this instructable I will show the most basic steps to creating a 3D sculpted Chewbacca face in a pumpkin. The tools I use are exacto knives, clay ribbon tools and small linoleum and wood carving chisels. Choose what works best for you and be safe and creative. What works for me might not be best for you.... As with any creative project personal preference and skill is up to you as well as adding or skipping details. In the end all that matters is that you are happy with your creation. I hope my photos and descriptions help:) Have fun and enjoy!!!
BTW this was started at a pumpkin carving party Saturday night then finished the following night, so it can be done in sessions if you don't wait too long in between.
Step 1: Pick your victim
The pumpkin should be heavy, without major damage and relatively smooth. Ideally you want a pumpkin that matches the shape you desire to carve into it oblong, oval round..... If you are deciding between two pumpkins the heavier is always better and has thicker wall for sculpting.
Step 2: Skin your Pumpkin
I use a large clay ribbon tool or a very sharp knife to skin the pumpkin like you would a carrot or apple. Remove as little meat as possible because you need the thickness of the pumpkin wall to do your damage i sculpting. you have from 1 1/2" to 3" typically. There is nothing special about this step just get rid of the skin because it's very tough and will get in your way. This is also the step you should try and decide if you want to light your pumpkin down the road or not. Once you start carving it's a bad idea to try and remove the innards because the pumpkin get fragile. Also a pumpkin that isn't cut open will last much, much longer than one that is gutted.