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Stitch Pumpkin Carving - 5 Hrs by Experiment720 Stitch Pumpkin Carving - 5 Hrs by Experiment720
This is the result after 5 hours of work carving on this pumpkin! I still can't believe I pulled this off!! :D

I was given the task of carving the pumpkin for Halloween this year, and I decided to do things a little differently. I wanted to see if I could carve Stitch into the pumpkin.

So first I searched for a suitable image of Stitch to copy and found one in the How to draw Lilo and Stitch book. Scanned that image, blew it up to full page size, and printed it out. Now I had my template for the image you see here.

I then found a nice flat spot on the pumpkin, and taped the sides of the printed image to the pumpkin. Cut the corners with scissors to account for the pumpkin's roundness, then taped the top and bottom.

Gutted the pumpkin after that (of course), and once it was all cleaned out it was time for the hard part: Carving this image into the pumpkin.

So i loaded up my Paint Shop Pro and edited the digital image in various fashions, recolouring and drawing new lines (which would later become cuts on the pumpkin) and found a solution that worked.

Back to the pumpkin...using a thumbtack i poked holes along the lines for the inside of the ear, the nose, the area around stitch's eye, stitch's eye reflection, and his teeth. These would be the areas to be cut out. Then took a small knife and recut along the perforations I had just created. Then went over it all once again, cutting finally all the way through and removing these areas.

Now I had to make the outlines, and the difference here was that i had to cut all the way through the pumpkin, but i had to do so in a way that wouldn't actually separate the image from the pumpkin itself, elsewise I'd be left with a very large, but empty, stitch-shaped hole. I cut the lines in the same fashion as before, but instead of completing each line I'd leave gaps to hold the whole thing together. That phase took forever.

Then came the part where I had to widen those cuts to allow light through. I grabbed a flat screwdriver and tapped it into the lines, bit by bit, widening them. Then took the knife again, cut away thin bits of pumpkin and carefully widened the lines, all while burning a candle inside the pumpkin so that i could see how much light was coming through.

When I was satisfied I washed the pumpkin to remove bits of matter that had collected inside and in the carving itself, placed a bigger candle in, and finally took a look at the finished result, which you see here!

I really am shocked that I managed to make this work and have it look as good as it does. I mean, it's not the best carving in the world, but, for my first attempt at a "complex" pumpkin carving, I think it turned out pretty good. All in all 5 hours of working very patiently and carefully. Phew, glad it's done. I just wish pumpkins would last longer than they do. Fortunately I never had to risk this one getting destroyed by vandals, as by the time I completed it, it was too late to put the pumpkin outside. It's just as well, it's safer indoors anyway! :D

Stitch (c) Disney
Carving (c) Me
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:iconlilliewolf:
LillieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha!!! Oh my god this is so cool! :D
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ElleCullen17 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
You should upload your stencil!!!!!
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WildWithin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How in the world did you do this?! :o (Eek) 
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iwouldwaitallnight Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
any chance you could add the image to you account that you ended up using? id love to do this for halloween
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SibunaNoicutsed Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I like this!!!
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ImNotSuperChicken Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
THIS
IS
AMAZING!
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Thank you! :)
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:iconimnotsuperchicken:
ImNotSuperChicken Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
You're welcome!
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jenniator Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Photographer
OMG SO AMAZING!
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thanks! :)
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jenniator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Photographer
of course ^^
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is fucking brilliant. Sorry for swearing, but it's true.
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
No worries, I appreciate the compliment! :D
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Fly-ing-Ace Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is really fantastic i love how it came out. i found this while google searching pumpkin ideas and i thought i would leave a comment for the artist :] great job!
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!
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MarkotaSan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
OMG, thats so amazing! :O
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Thanks! I'm glad it came out okay!
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Shush234 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Welcome ya know I might even try this next year, and another welcome for thinking me for the watch.
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Shush234 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
OMG! :omg: this is awsome!
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Thank you! and also thanks for the watch!
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feetpeet Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Thank you so very much! It's a great honour to be included, very much appreciated!
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123qaz123 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
That must have taken a lot of time to carve. :faint:

It looks really great. :clap:

You did very detailed job with this. :thumbsup:

I must fav! :iconplusfav:
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Thanks very much Qaz, its greatly appreciated!
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123qaz123 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
You are welcome. :)
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Aron-361 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Man I'll bet this took you a long time! Since there's no actually pumpkin stencil for Stitch you pretty much made one of your own! :D Now thats pretty darn good!

Even the angle you took the picture at makes the insides of the pumpkin look like shading! Very well done! :)
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I actually scanned the image from the "Collected Stories" book, and blew it up large enough to be used as the outline on the pumpkin, then pierced it with a thumbtack to make cutting guidelines. It was a long process!

I'm glad you like it, thanks man!
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
oh my god this is freaking AWESOME!! :w00t: the detail is incredible! you must have been using a razor sharp knife! the year before i joined DA i had a shark pumpkin carving, and it took me 2 hours and a cut on my right hand to get it done right! :XD:
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
That and a few other tools! Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate it!
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
yeah, you must have one of those kits :XD: i got to get one of those next year!
no problem! =D
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Nah actually I just used a kitchen knife, a flat head screwdriver, tape, and a thumbtack. Thats all!
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
lol, nice :XD:
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valito Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
WOW. JUST WOW.
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Heh :blushes: Thanks!
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PolishStitch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
You're an outstanding and amazing person *bows down* This is incredible :3
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Heh, well, I'm not all that and a bag of Tostidos, but thanks! I appreciate it Anna. :)
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Muddy-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Omg thats amazing!! I wish I had something like this :XD:

Shame it dosent last forever.
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Yeah it is a shame! If youve got a thumbtack and screwdriver and a sturdy knife, plus one pumpkin, you could easily make a carving of Muddy. :D
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Muddy-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
ah and a steady hand too :XD: My shakes are getting worse as I get older :D
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thedrawliner Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's something I'll never be able to do so well :faint:
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
You definitely could! All it takes is time and patience. Anyone could carve this. :D give it a try!
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thedrawliner Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next year then :XD:

I don't have any pumkins ^^
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IAmLordKane Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Holy crap dude, this is pretty damned amazing! A lot of hard work and focus eventually pays off at the end of the day..

Pretty amazing work, I'm gonna fave this, yupyup.
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you so much for that. I appreciate it.
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JamarBHSamurai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing I love this stitch pumpkin so awesome and cute
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Experiment720 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thanks much!
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JamarBHSamurai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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