with a pumpkin
The art of pumpkin sculpting!
What is pumpkin sculpting?
Pumpkin sculpting is the art of
sculpting an image out of a pumpkin. Most people still consider
pumpkin sculpting the same thing as carving pumpkins but I think
there are some key differences. “Pumpkin Carvings” are usually
two-dimensional designs that can appear to be three-dimensional.
When you sculpt a pumpkin you actually create a three-dimensional
design. For instance, the nose on a sculpture actually sticks out
from the face; it is not carved in a way that it creates an illusion
that it is sticking out from the face.
When you sculpt a pumpkin the process is
similar to creating a carving with wood or stone. You will want to
block out the key shapes in the image like the eyes and nose and
then later refine them into their individual shapes.
Keep in mind that pumpkin sculpting is
the most difficult out of the examples that I have given you.
However, with that being said, practice does make perfect and your
skills will improve over time
In the following lessons, I have created
step-by-step instructions for two different types of pumpkin
sculptures. The first lesson that I will give you outlines how to
create a pumpkin sculpture of a stylish cat. The second lesson
increases in difficulty as you learn to sculpt a grumpy old man.
I have purposely designed first lesson
so that you can gradually increase your sculpting skills as you
graduate to the second lesson. I am confident that with enough
determination and practice you too can create some amazing pumpkins.
There are a variety of great sculpting
tools out there and the ones that I use are by no means the exact
same tools that you have to use for your sculpting projects.
However, I do recommend that you do get at least a large and
medium clay loop tool to make your sculpting experience a whole
Most of the tools that I use can be
purchased from a variety of pottery kits that run in the price range
of around $10. Search
for a list of vendors that carry the pottery tools that I
Large clay loop tool
Medium clay loop tool
Small clay loop tool
Carving knife or saw
or razor blade
(to assist if having difficulty poking out the cutouts)
Pumpkin Carving Resources