Having spent the weekend trying to carve a pumpkin we looked around for inspiration and found out creating Jack O Lanterns has been elevated to an art form. There are two main ways to carve and then it's up to your imagination. Here's a brief overview and our top 3 designs.
The traditional method of carving pumpkins to create Jack O Lanterns involves removing the strands, pulp and seeds, cutting shapes in the side of the pumpkin and inserting a candle to let the light shine out through the cut shapes. An alternative amongst the sculpting community is to shave away the front of the pumpkin and create 3D carvings in the fleshy pulp underneath, but we've focussed on the traditional method here.
Rather than simply cut through the skin of the pumpkin, Jack O Lantern artists scape away differing thicknesses of the pumpkin wall to create multiple shades when viewed from the outside. Our third choice pick, this incredible image of a surfer, is a great example of this technique.
Another effect is to shade areas on the outside of the pumpkin in black, to create more contrast in the resulting image, as with our number two choice above.
Master pumpkin artist Ed Cabral has added black pen on the outside of the pumpkin to add the tiger's stripes and to create a border around the overall image. We strongly recommend you check out Ed's instagram feed (@actingfat) for more great examples.
Combining these techniques turns a pumpkin into a canvas on which really powerful images can be created. Our number one image took our breath away with it's detail.
This beautiful interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Life takes intricate carving to another level and would grace any Halloween event. It's this kind of attention to detail we look for and applaud in our craftsmen.
We hope you've enjoyed these images and have a great time tonight.