I know that the headless horseman is a Halloween cliche, but for my pumpkin carving I still found myself drawn to the typical image of the horseman riding in the moonlight. I used a couple of reference photos for the headless horseman, but deviated to make the design my own.
But first, the pumpkin had to be chosen. Minion and I headed to Raab’s Fruit Farm to check out the gourd situation.
I shelled out twelve bucks for that baby and brought it on over to my parent’s house.
Minion chose a tall pumpkin and opted to carve a house with different scenes in the windows. It is awesome, and I’ll be sure to share it in a later post once she finishes it. I chose a pumpkin with a flat side so that I would have lots of room for my scene.
I lightly sketched some of the image onto the pumpkin so I would know if it was in the right place.
I even got into the character of the HHM and beheaded my pumpkin. I remind myself of Gollum in this precioussss…I mean, in this PICTURE. In other news, check out my guns…not too bad for a scrawny girl, right?
Remember, when beheading
the pumpkin, cut at an angle so that the top doesn’t slide down into the pumpkin.
Once I removed the innards, I could begin carving.
They never look like much until you light em’ up.
I even made a slight reference to Ichabod Crane peering out from behind the tree on the left.
Cliche or not, I’m glad I chose the headless horseman to carve. I feel like I was challenged, and that’s always a satisfying feeling to overcome. Eric was disappointed that I didn’t carve a portrait of Ron Paul, but maybe I will before Halloween. Just for him! I am, after all, hankering to do another pumpkin portrait!
** If you have any pictures of pumpkins that you’ve carved please share them. I would love to put together a post featuring your pumpkin carvings! Email me a picture or two at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before October 22nd, and I’ll see what I can do!**