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.

Tools include:
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!
I think this is an amazing instructable i love how you literally explain everything step by step, which is why i voted for you as a winner.
Why thank you very much! If it doesn't include good instructions, I don't think it can make a good "Instructable", right? :D
Years and you're still getting compliments. Just the sketching is good but you take it to another level with the pumpkin. Intricately drawn, then expertly molded and carved. The way you shave it to allow out just enough light is amazing. great work
<p>It's always fun to come back every so often and see new comments!</p>
Wow! Just wow. So much work put into this. Voting for you.
You can put some painters tape on a piece of clear acetate then put it into the printer and print out your template. Simply remove tape from acetate and carefully place on the pumpkin.
<p>So cool! Your attention to detail is amazing. </p>
So cool great job!!
???!!! &hellip;&hellip; congrats !!!&hellip; <br> <br>One question though : are you human ?&hellip; <br> <br>Anyway, people on Instructables (humans or not humans) are incredibly good !!!&hellip;
Thank you... I think! And yes, I am human... I think: ).
awesome job! I love this! Best pumpkin ever
Thanks a lot!
All I can say is AWSOME thank for sharing
Thanks you, I am glad you enjoy it! I try to do an Instructable every year that I carve a pumpkin.
truly amazing. Great work
Thanks: ).
Shockingly good. WELL done!
Thank you very much!
Nicely done...2 questions... <br> <br>a) have you ever considered using photoshop instead of sketching the work? By removing the saturation, upping the contrast, and running it through a &quot;cutout&quot; filet set to 3 levels you can get some really fantastic stencils in a very short period of time. <br> <br>b) Why not use carbon transfer paper instead of etching in with a ballpoint and then retracing? <br> <br>You've got a lot of skill, no doubt about that. But you could be doing this much faster :) Which of course means many more jack o lanterns! <br> <br>Nice work
a) You know, I have never considered that... in large part because I don't have photoshop and I don't know how to use it! I also simply enjoy the process of drawing the stencil and using my own brain to figure out how to make the pattern work on a pumpkin (not to say people who use photoshop aren't using their brain!) rather than letting the computer do it for me. Also, by upping contrast, etc., there are certain subtle details that are lost that I can choose to retain when doing the pattern myself. <br> <br>b) I considered the carbon transfer paper this year, but I heard a lot of issues with possible smearing and whatnot. I will definitely be willing to give it a try... maybe do a trial run on a pumpkin before I go for the big yearly one. <br> <br>Thanks for the compliments and suggestions!
Oh my goodness, I'm kinda speechless...this pumpkin is INSANELY good!! I can't even begin to imagine the time it took :)
Thank you for the compliments! About 18 hours of carving time total, with about 8 hours of prep time (drawing the pattern, transferring to the pumpkin, etc.) just in case you really wanted to know ; ).
Lol, I actually did want to know ... that's longer than I expected. serious skill &amp; dedication!!
Wish I could do that
How are you so good????
Thank you very much: )... lots of practice! Check out my other Instructables from past years if you haven't already: ).
that is insane!! wicked good!
Thank you!
There just aren't words....incredible!!
Thank you very much!
Best Pumpkin I've ever seen. I am a huge Transformers fan so this is double epic. Anyway, nice job and keep the epic pumpkins coming. I voted and I hope you win!
Thank you so very much! I have been a huge fan as well, ans thought about doing him many different years... but this year I went for it. Thanks for the vote! I am glad you enjoy it: ).
+1 vote
I wish there was a way you could get paid for your art.
It would be nice, wouldn't it??? Thanks!
I believe that one should always be acknowledged for their good work.
Your pumpkin looks better than the poster! Well done!
why thank you very much, that is quite the compliment!
It is almost a shame to do this with a pumpkin, i.e. something that will not last. Nevertheless, this is a masterpiece in my opinion. Thanks for sharing :).
It is always a little depressing throwing these guys out only a week or two after finishing them... but it is a fun yearly tradition, and they will live on in pictures: ).
awesome man <br>I love optimus prime lol <br>great job!
Thank you very much... I love Optimus Prime as well, obviously: ).
Wow. jsut WOW! <br>What can we say more to this piece of art?? Nothing. <br>Maybe just &quot;perfect&quot;. :)
Thanks so much for the compliments!
This thing looks so good!
I do believe this is the most amazing pumpkin I have ever seen O.O

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