Pumpkins (2006-2010)




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Introduction: Pumpkins (2006-2010)

About: The name's Alex. I'm currently majoring in Graphic Design at Cal Poly Pomona. When I'm not busy with schoolwork I like to practice hockey, watch some movies, modify my Nerf blasters, play with my Yamaha DTXp...

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Jack Skellington inspired, Tron, Darth Vader, Jack Skellington, Offspring logo, Nerf logo, Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin Hill, Jack Sparrow, Cheshire Cat, Fallout 3 Vault Boy.


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    Hey there! I was wondering, how do you "skin" the pumpkin so only partial light shines through? And could you do this effect on one of those fake pumpkins from Michaels or something?

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    I used this tool to do most of my carving and scraping. The only other thing I use is an exacto knife, and a marker.

    The best way to go about it is to draw out the design on the pumpkin, and to have in mind what areas you want to scrape so you only have some light show through. Those areas I cut a deep gash (but not all the way through) with the exacto knife. Then use the scraper side of the carving tool to scrape out the design. Going through the design with the exacto knife helps keep the scraper tool more accurate.

    Some of the thin lines (like on Darth Vader, Tron and parts of Jack Sparrow) were done completely with the exacto knife since the scraper end too wide for some details.

    I honestly don't know if it'll work on those pumpkins. I've never carved one let alone picked one up.

    Keep in mind too, that the inside walls of the pumpkin you intend to do the shading (scraping) on need to be quite thin in order to be visible. This either involves magically finding a thin pumpkin, or manually scraping out a lot of pumpkin guts.

    That may help with the Michaels pumpkins, if they're pretty thin (like 1/2 to 1 inch) I say go for it.  The light will probably shine through.

    I can send you some high quality pics if need be, and if I you still have questions feel free to ask away!

    Halloween can't come fast enough. Great job! I like the tron one~

    wow these are cool, its a shame i cant really find these type of pumpkins in australia

     hey, nice work. out of interest what tools do you use to cut them?

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    And an exact-o knife sometimes.

    ahh thanks for the reply