When leaves rustle and the wind howls, pumpkins become a favored medium for many artists. This gallery features artists with very diverse backgrounds—a musician, a sculptor, a forensic artist, and a farmer—and designs with equally different aesthetics, including pumpkins with flowers, pumpkins with dead musicians, and pumpkins with NYC pride. Check out these elaborate pumpkin carvings from six carvers—they're inspiring, scary, funny, and beautiful!
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Wielding his sculpting tools to find a personality in the pumpkin, artist Ray Villafane carves detailed portraits of frightfully wonderful characters. His pumpkin faces capture movement and convey expression, and they read like snapshots from a storyboard of a Halloween tale. How will the chilling drama unfold?
The portraits are fantastical and realistic; one almost expects the faces to blink He's been hailed as the "Picasso of Pumpkin Carving" by Wall Street Journal, and his video commentary and tutorials have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show.