If you’re looking for a cool carving challenge, check it out. Some time ago, I experimented with carving on the inside of the pumpkin rind while leaving the skin intact. The pumpkin looks normal until lit from the inside. I would imagine that some really interesting carvings can be done in this way. Give it a try!
This weekend I enjoyed carving pumpkins and talking about the art of illustration at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis NM. I also got to carve a couple of pumpkins at home. Look for them to be posted in the gallery tomorrow.
I’m starting to get some cool 3-D carving photos posted to the Facebook fan page. If you found my tutorial helpful, I’d love to see your carvings up there.
This morning I arrived at work to find the Marty Feldman carving partially liquified. Makes me wish I hadn’t left it on the top of a wire shelf. Lots of pumpkin matter to deal with.
Yesterday afternoon I submerged a couple of carvings in water-filled tubs. They were showing some signs of drying out and a few hours in the water plumps up the flesh again. This time I forgot to go take them out and they remained in the water overnight. Apparently it didn’t hurt them and the carvings are refreshed. The inner flesh holds more water so they will have to be drained upside down for a while. When I soak pumpkins, I usually put a splash of bleach in the water to help slow bacteria and mold.