"I like to keep it simple, drawing on the pumpkin freehand while looking at a photo (as I did for Boris here). After cutting into the top and cleaning out the pumpkin, I then used a pushpin to mark the main figure outline in dots, then began to carve, using an X-Acto knife and some basic wood-carving tools—even a small tool used to carve linoleum blocks for the smaller areas. I don't want to 'break through'; the pumpkin flesh, just make it thin enough to create a 3D image of the character I'm carving. Boris took me about an hour and a half to carve, including cleaning."
Elaine W.Kalamazoo, MIEnter our 2012 Pumpkin-Carving Contest today!