*this is just how i carve my pumpkins every year
this is not the only way/process that one could use to come up with a totally awesome design that beats down everything in its path
Step 1: Getting Inspired
So first think of things you might possibly want on your pumpkin then a quick google image search could help you find something close to work with.
Step 2: Reference Images
Step 3: Drawing Up Your Design
Unfortunately i have lost the original drawing used on my NBC pumpkin, but I do have one I just drew up for my star wars pumpkin.
While drawing up you design, keep it simple. Remember, all you will be seeing is an silhouette too so pictures with very fine details wont really have much of an impact on a viewer. If you're picking something recognizable like I am, make sure it actually is recognizable by the silhouette alone. Be careful too of "islands" or pieces that would be floating. I ran into that issue a bit when drawing up this design.
Step 4: Get a Pumpkin
Step 5: Get the Junk Outa Your Pumpkin
Step 6: Transfer Design to Your Pumpkin
I prefer the latter, and i use the original drawing to make sure I cut the right stuff.
The only down side is that you destroy your design in the process.
Step 7: Cut Out Your Design
When cutting out your design, there are a couple things you should remember.
+If there's a really large area you need to cut out, break it up into smaller sections to make it easier to remove. you are also less likely to break a part of your pumpkin if you cut out smaller pieces rather than one huge one.
+Try to cut straight back. It will make your design more clear when you finish.
+WATCH OUT FOR ISLANDS. I know you've checked then checked again, but quite often you don't realize that you're trying to make a piece float in mid air until you're about to cut it like that.
Step 8: Light Is Up
Tea candles are ok but sometimes they don't give out much light. Using 2 or 3 can help with that.
I like using the pic 2 ones though, because they tend to have a larger flame.
In any case though, more candles will mean more light.
Step 9: Preserving Your Pumpkin
+apply vaseline to all areas that you cut. "all exposed areas". Get the inside too.
+Make a lemon juice spray. Mixing equal parts of water and lemon juice and spraying it on the inside and outside of your pumpkin will help keep it fresh.
+If you have room, place it in your refrigerator.
Step 10: Closing Notes