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Jack O' Lanterns

It wouldn't be Halloween for me without carvin' punkins. I feel strongly about Jack O' Lantern carving, too. I hate it when people get too artsy with 'em. If you can't see them lit up from the street, then there is little point to them, in my opinion. I really hate it when people make relief carvings out of them. What the Hel is the point of that? The orange flesh makes for horrid visibility of detail, and don't even get me started on when people try to light those things; the recessed areas burn the brightest, yet they are supposed to be the shaded portions!

Simple two-tone contrast. That's it.

With my angry rant outta the way, onto my three. It seems like a year hasn't gone by when I don't carve something like the top pumpkin. His entire fragile top row of teeth starting sinking in within a day, even with a full slathering of petroleum jelly. Certainly not as bad as some of his predecessors whose teeth shriveled into a wide, gummy maw.

I carved the middle guy specifically so that I would have something I knew wouldn't wither. It also helped that I ended up getting more pumpkins than I had expected once the price on them dropped. Too bad I still only bought two lights, so one has to sit out being lit up. Doesn't matter much anyway since there is a large light outside my apartment which keeps the area fairly lantern unfriendly.

The bottom guy was sort of a bonus I did just yesterday. Without having to worry about a lengthy lifetime, I tried something I would normally be sure would wither away into something more than a giant, empty oval on the side of a pumpkin. The planned sketches for it called for him to be a mummy, but I think I ran out of room for a row of bandages or two, which kind of just make the think look like it is made out of lines.
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Oct 27, 2010, 1:00:59 PM
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