Following is my Instructable on how I carved (and, though extremely difficult, how YOU could carve) my 2013 pumpkin "I... am Optimus Prime!"
The only tools used are in the picture below.
Serrated pumpkin carving knives (from those kits you can by ANYwhere around Halloween)
X-acto knife with various blades
Large spoon or pumpkin kit scoop to empty out the pumpkin innards
Ball point pen or fine-tipped Sharpie (Sharpies can get annoying as the wet pumpkin can make drawing a pain)
Remember, this is EXTREMELY challenging, but I always like to post an instructable to show people each year how I did it. Enjoy!
Step 1: Step 1: Choose an image
My first step each year is always choosing an image that will make an awesome pumpkin. Superheroes were my carving subjects of choice the past few years, but I wanted even more of a challenge this year. What better than the one, the only Optimus Prime, with all his mechanical glory and signature flames!