Scary Four-Faced Pumpkin Carving




About: Warthog-faced buffoon.

I found this weird-shaped pumpkin, and I'm pretty sure it became possessed by demons or something. I'm cool with it because it's almost Halloween, but I'm totally hiring an exorcist on November 1 because I think it's making my PC have all these java errors, and it ate my cat.

Four heads are better than one!



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    6 years ago on Introduction

    That's awesome. You should take a few more pictures and make a 3D model of it - check out 123D Catch.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    That is awesome. I bet it would look pretty cool lit up from the inside too, even though it's not carved all the way through.

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    Thanks Meursydotes!

    On lighting:
    These relief-carved critters lit from the inside can be weird, and here's why: while the completely cut out parts always always cool (what's not to like about glowing eyes?), the rest of the structure follows the thinnest-bits-are-the-brightest-bits rule, which results in a flattening of 3D features.

    For example, on a relief-carved face with a nice big nose: the area around the nose gets really thin because you usually want to push the limits of the thickness in that spot. So in normal light, shadows fall there and make the nose stand out and look nice and nosey. But when back-lit, the nose becomes a dark spot and the area around the nose glows. It all becomes a kind of "negative" of itself and can certainly look interesting, but loses the sick, fleshy charm it has in normal light.

    Perhaps the most compelling argument against internal lighting for relief-carved pumpkins is from Ray Villafane and his evil cohorts at Villafane Studios: they don't do it and I want to be them when I grow up, so I don't do it.

    That said, I bet you could completely turn this idea on its head if you built up thickness in some other way: maybe pack a pumpkin with clay (or some other opaque substance), and make channels inside just for light? You could get light-up eyes and maybe a glowing brain, while the mouth (and area around the nose) would stay dark and scary.

    Dang, might have to try that...


    I would guess that if you planned it ahead of time, you could carve it in "negative" so that the nose would be thin and the borders thicker. It would be something like a mold for a cast at that point, and would not look good in normal lighting, but backlit could work out.

    I'm not a sculptor at all, so I won't even pretend that I might try this myself. Nice work on the instructable and the faces.