Thursday, October 29, 2009

"How about a shave?"

Well, it took three hours, and I earned myself a nice blister, but the pumpkins are done: 

Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett

Since there weren't any spectacular summer movies to honor this year, I figured I should immortalize my two favorite actors (and incidentally my two favorite movie characters) in pumpkin flesh.

Mrs. Lovett was really hard, since I was working in four shades instead of three, like Sweeney's, but I think they turned out okay.  I'll be better at it next year.


Dorian said...

I am impressed with your pumpkin skills.

I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of the Sweeney film. But that's because I'm a Musical Theatre Snob, and I preferred the Broadway production from a couple of years prior (which I saw on tour).

The pumpkins, however, are truly stellar.

FilthyGrandeur said...

i totally understand. i can't get into mainstream books because i'm a lit snob. some of us just can't help being elitist.

nakedthoughts said...

how do you get shading on a pumpkin???

unless it is a trade secret...

FilthyGrandeur said...

here's a helpful site i found:

i chose regular pics and then converted them to black and white. when i printed them, i used a pencil to shade in the gray areas to make them one solid area (since i wasn't about to mess around with more than two depths of gray), and when transferred on the pumpkins, i used a paring knife to scrape layers off the gray areas. the site recommends a chisel, but i found the paring knife to work exceedingly well, since it's sharp and has that nice point for precision. to make it lighter you scrape more; darker, less (has to do with thickness of the pumpkin).

but you have to do all scraping first. if do it after cutting out the white spaces, you'll end up breaking it.

Unknown said...

Wow. That is quite the inspiration for carving ours tonight!

luvandfamily said...

You did a remarkable job! You think they came out ok??? OMG girl - there awesome!!!


intransigentia said...

Wow. Just wow.

Maud said...

I think they're spectacular, FG! And genuinely spooky, too.

stufflikemikans said...

So awesome!! XD

Now I want to see pics of the costume!