Here’s what it looks like with no candle and the lid on.
Nice and bright, and her candle doesn’t go out when you put the lid on (cause lots of air can get in)
I could have carved everything a bit deeper to make it light up better, but I’m pretty happy with this for a first-ever pumpkin carving!
Slicing out and digging into the face to make it deeper (and thus brighter)
I would hold it up under a light above my stove to get a preview of how the light was working. This was originally where I was going to stop.
I was originally going to carve outlines only, but then realized I needed to shave the skin off to get things to light up properly, so had to keep going.
Here’s what it looked like after I traced, then took off the template.
Robin opted for a more traditional one, with cut out eyes, mouth etc. She also added ears which were pretty fancy.
I decided to carve the guy from Pan’s Labyrinth who has his eyes in his hands. I drew something out first, then taped it to the pumpkin and went over the important lines poking a blade into the pumpkin so that I had something resembling a perforated line where I needed to carve things.