Those of you who are familiar with me may know that as of late, I've had an obsession with Richard D. James / Aphex Twin. With Halloween approaching, I got the clever idea to carve the Aphex Twin logo into a pumpkin. I photographed the pumpkin both with and without lighting inside.
I got this idea before I got wind of DeviantART's pumpkin carving contest, but when I found out about it I was all the more determined to carve it. I figured that while I may not win points for proficiency of carving (see below), I would at least get credit for originality, as I doubt anyone else in the contest would have thought to carve the Aphex Twin logo into a pumpkin.
I had to initially find the Aphex Twin logo (which I got from his album Selected Ambient Works 85-92
), traced it digitally to get a dotted line pattern, printed it out, taped it on a pumpkin I purchased yesterday, transferred the design to the pumpkin via pushpins, then carved it out with the carving knife. I took a look at the carving when I was finished and realized that it wasn't letting much light through, especially on the outer ring, because of the towards-the-center way I carved it out. So I went back and, using a more stable and sharper paring knife, dug into the pumpkin flesh to make it line up straighter with the intended head-on viewing perspective and therefore let more light through.
If the design looks rough around the edges, I apologize. This was the first time I've ever carved a pumpkin myself, and it was difficult for me to cut smooth lines with the knife that came with the pumpkin-carving kit. It took me about 15 minutes to clean out the inside of the pumpkin, 10 to transfer the design to the pumpkin, 15 to carve the initial design, and 15 to touch it up.
----------------------------JACK-O-LANTERN FUN FACT:
The first jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips. It's an Irish tradition, brought over to America by Irish immigrants. They switched to pumpkins presumably because they were bigger and therefore easier to carve.