Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's a Fumpkin

So last night my roommate Sammy and I decided to carve our Halloween pumpkin. She was busy sanding and spray-painting her new dresser so I actually handled all of the gutting and carving of the pumpkin. It was the first time in about 15 years that I have carved a pumpkin and happened to be the first time in my life I have ever done the whole thing by myself.

I sketched a few prototypes before drawing them on the pumpkin (Disclaimer: I'm no artist, never claimed to be, I know these look like an 8-year old child drew them.).

While I was working on my sketches, I was showing them to Sam to get her input. After drawing the first one (3 round holes, supposed to be a "boo!" or scared face, but really looks like bowling ball holes) Sam said, draw the eyes like upside down "u's"—to which I responded: "you mean "n's"? I also tried to do a "scream mask" face but the mouth looked more like a bicycle seat than a mouth, so I scrapped it.

I know you can't tell from the picture above, but these sketches were drawn on very official, very high-quality sketch paper—i.e. the back of my State Farm Insurance bill:

After all was said and done, I decided to go with the "upside down u" eyes and "boo!" / scared face mouth.

I was so excited and proud of my work that I couldn't even wait to go buy a proper jack-o-lantern candle and just grabbed the scented candle from the upstairs bathroom. So I lit the lavender breeze candle, placed inside the hollowed out pumpkin, turned off the lights and stepped back to admire my work:

The mouth looks like a glory hole :( My artistic genius created a fuck pumpkin, a fumpkin if you will. I think I need to make another trip to the pumpkin patch to try this again. This next time I'll try to make sure my Halloween spirit doesn't result in pumpkin porn.

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