Besides all the preparation, costumes, scary makeup, the best part of Halloween is pumpkin carving. You can express all your creativity and artistic skills into this holiday and that’s why it is so exciting.
Indiana veterinarian, Andy Manoloff (a.k.a “DoggieDoc83) recently completed a “dog o’lantern” of his Pomeranian, Sophie. The pumpkin is simply an image of the fuzzy puppy. The artist recorded the whole working process in a time lapse video where he started by drawing the portrait directly onto the pumpkin.
He started to made some cuts and shape his design with an X-ACTO knife. In the end, the inner light gives the pumpkin a three dimensional appearance. Manoloff shared his dog pumpkin carving on Reddit.
According to Bored Panda, he explained his work like this:
“I started off using pre-made patterns you would find in those books by Pumpkin Masters. However I soon grew bored with those patterns and decided I would try my hand at my own patterns. Each year I would challenge myself to do something different and more difficult.
“In 2009 I carved my first ultra-detailed pumpkin, Iron Man. I posted it to a few sites and entered a few contests for fun and it really seemed to take off. Since then I have tried to do something newer, better, and more challenging every year, and here we are today!”
A few tidbits about my carvings:
- I only carve REAL pumpkins. Though it is disappointing that they do not last, they offer a unique final appearance that is not matched by the synthetic foam pumpkins.
- I carve using an X-acto knife almost exclusively. It’s amazing what such a small little knife can accomplish.
- A carving may take between 8 and 20 hours of total carving time, not including pattern drawing and transfer.
- I light my pumpkins using a CFL bulb on a cord. Candles are simply not enough light.
This year, he carved a dog-o-lantern of his Pomerian, Sophie
“I first made a sketch of Sophie on a pumpkin”
“Then I used X-acto knife to carve the pieces”
“This was the final result”.
The whole process is down below if you want to get a better look.
Source: Andy Manoloff
These are some older pumpkin carvings he did.
The first one.
What do you guys think? Did you get enough inspiration for this Halloween?