October 31, 2008

Raven Pumpkin

In my 11th consecutive year of entering the Pumpkinmasters carving contest, this is the pumpkin that finally won me the Grand Prize! Inspired by the ravens at the Tower of London, I think it represented my most effective use of textures to date.

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Edgar Allan Poe Pumpkin

"Faces" is the only Pumkinmasters category in which I have never won a prize. This pumpkin was my latest unsuccessful attempt to rectify that situation.

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October 31, 2007

Owl Pumpkin

I only carved one pumpkin this year (but I still won the Pumpkinmasters "Animals" category! Woohoo!) I created the pattern by tracing over a photo of an owl.

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October 31, 2006

Musical Pumpkins

Every now and then I try to go in an uncharacteristic direction with a simple, yet compelling design. Simple isn't really my strong suit, so they're generally not all that good. This one is no exception. I would characterize it as mediocre at best. Even the progression of notes is dull, both visually and aurally.

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Howling Wolves Pumpkin

Generally, I'm not a big fan of the pumpkins that define an object by silhouetting it against the moon. I think it's overdone and simplistic enough that it usually indicates a poor command of the medium. But I did it anyway. And apparently it was good enough to win first prize in the Pumpkinmasters "Animals" category.

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Danse Macabre Pumpkin

I actually bought the sheet music to Dance Macabre in the interests of verisimilitude. Unfortunately, the first several measures (which is about all I could fit on a pumpkin) are really quite boring.

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Carnival of Horrors Pumpkin

This is my second attempt to create a circus-based pumpkin. I was trying to create a dynamic composition, juxtaposing the undulating curve of the roller coaster with the self-contained unity of the circular, be-skulled ferris wheel. It didn't really work, though. Especially with the big flag, it wound up looking very static and uninteresting. I guess I'll have to try again.

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October 31, 2005

Epitaphs Pumpkin

I didn't come up with the epitaphs. I copied them off the internet. I think I expended too much effort of the legibility of the text and not enough on the atmosphere of the graveyard.

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Tombstone Pumpkin

I'm not sure why I even bothered to carve this pumpkin, considering that I had just carved a much better one with four tombstone inscriptions. It might have made sense if I had taken advantage of the more focused subject matter to include more of the detail and texture of the tombstone, but I didn't. Even the font is boring.

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Sewer Rats Pumpkin

I think I did pretty well with the dramatic perspective on this one, but I wish I had put more effort into creating more realistic rats.

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Bedlam Pumpkin

My goal with this pumpkin was to explicitly incorporate a light source into the design in a way that would amplify the atmosphere and clarify the narrative. Instead I explicitly incorporated a light source in the design in a way that focused all the attention on an irrelevant stone wall.

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Madison Repertory Theatre Pumpkin

This is the logo of the theater company I worked for at the time. Sadly, it has since ceased operations.

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