If you are really serious about 3D pumpkin carving this year, I wanted to offer a couple of resources that are available for purchase that can really help you develop your pumpkin sculpting skills even further.
I sculpt pumpkins for fun a few times a year – and I love it. To see my 3D pumpkin carvings, click here )
Now I don’t know if you are all familiar with professional pumpkin carver, Ray Villafane, but if not, you should be! There is a reason they call him the Michelangelo of pumpkin carving! Anyhow, he offers some great resources to help you be the best 3D pumpkin carver you can be! And if you are still on the fence about whether or not to try 3D pumpkin carving this year because you are afraid you wont be “good enough” – then take a look at these items Ray has to offer to help inspire you and teach you everything you’ll need to know to create your own 3D work of art! There is still lots of time to order pumpkin carving tools and resources, so start now and get carving! Once you carve one, you’ll want to carve more – they’re addicting!
Click on each link to read more about it.
And for a little inspiration (or for a cool Halloween conversation piece) here is Ray Villafane’s book filled with his amazing carved pumpkins:
Another book I use quite often is, “Facial Expressions” – I think it literally has every single facial expression you can think of. It is great resource to use when you are carving 3D pumpkins. I got mine off of Amazon.com, and here is the link to the exact one I ordered, or you can click below.
And here I show you how to pick out the perfect pumpkin for 3D pumpkin carving:
I can’t say enough about how much fun 3D pumpkin carving is! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! I know the natural instinct for some is to say, “Oh, I could never do anything like that,” or “all I can carve are two triangles for eyes and a smile missing two squares for teeth.” (heard that one the other day at my art show ) But you never know until you try – you may be surprised to find out you have a new talent. And at the very least – have fun with it and get messy! It’s Halloween!