For my entry this year, I didn't want to just replicate the same style I did last year with the multi-level Blue Spirit... I wanted to try something totally different. In fact, it was something I had never attempted before.
As such I don't think it was as successful as what I had envisioned in my mind, but now I think I have the experience that I could do something like it again in the future with a little more success.
Basically I didn't just want to make a face on a single pumpkin... I wanted to form several pumpkins into a 3-D sculpture of a character! I chose Appa since he's already round & lumpy and therefore practically a series of pumpkins to start with. XD
I started off with 2 standard pumpkins, 2 cherry pumpkins, and 6 smaller pumpkin gourds for the feet.
I planned to use the standard pumpkins for the body and the two cherry pumpkins for the head and tail. The tail was make by cutting one in half and only using the one half. The other was worn on my head so I could remove it and imitate the scene from "Hannibal" for all the kids who were trick-or-treating... Okay maybe not.
I orginally planned to have the body made up of two shapes but found the porportions were off and didn't look qute as good. So I took it away from my Appa plans and instead gave it a standard Halloween face. After all, Appa needed some kind of company on my porch:
I didn't have as much free time as I've had in years past for carving so I did the rest of the face and body parts free hand instead of printing out a template this year. So, yes, I know that's why it looks a little rough.
I chopped "Legs" out of the side of the main body and attached them to toothpicks to sit just above the small gourd feet. And of course I saved a couple of stems for the horns!
After that, it was simply a matter of getting a big enough and bright enough set of candles to to set the body parts over:
I eventually had to settle on using a battery powered lantern under the main body. The tail you'll notice isn't glowing because no matter what I put under it for light, the darn thing kept smoking & burning! So I decided no tail glow was better than a burnt-down house. XD
Like I said, this was a new experiment for me and I'm not totally happy with it but I have to say, I was blown away by how many kids who saw it knew what it was!
"That's Appa!" They'd scream or, "Ava-Tar!" Or the funniest one of all was a little girl who gave a jaded comment of, "Oh, yeah. My Dad watches that show." XD
Despite it's failings, it was still fun to make and it was also great to get to know that more people than just us nutty internet dweebs are watching the show!
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2007 20:56:57 GMT -5 by alternatecoppa
Sorry Splendi, but I think it's best if you sent your entry to Jade. If you send it to me, all you would be doing is creating a middle man, thereby resulting in your entry arriving at Jade's door later.
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