I have probably only carved a pumpkin once before in my life and that would have been when I was very little. Its not that I don't like it, I actually love creating sculptures so carving a pumpkin would be no different. It has been on my mind lately and since Halloween is coming up I thought what better time to carve a pumpkin.

I found the largest pumpkin I could get my hands on. It has a very tall stem and a couple nice scars. Most people would try and stay away from pumpkins with scars but I find that it adds character to the final piece.


How to Carve a Pumpkin

If you have never carved a pumpkin before the first thing you need to do it cut off the top. Make sure to do this carefully and cut at an angle so that the lid wont slide in. 


Next, scoop out the insides. This is kind of messy and you will probably need to use your hands.


After all the guts are cleaned out you can then carve your pumpkin. Draw a design first with pencil or do what I did and wing it. I was originally going to stay away from doing a face but it is a nice idea to fall back on. I found that a small serrated knife works best.

I chose the ugly side with the scars and as you can see it really adds to the design. It Looks as if the pumpkin face was scratched; He looks and adorable and vengeful!


Here is the pumpkin with a candle inside and the lights off. I didn't cut right through so it gives the appearance of an orange glow.  ( I tilted the lid so as to not snuff the candle )


Here is a close up of his eyes. Oooh scary!


Word of the Day: Manquette

A small scale model for a finished sculpture used to visualize and test the shapes and ideas prior to starting the full sized sculpture.

AuthorCamille Pacori