I had a slight speed bump when it came to hobby progress as of late (which is funny, considering that I haven’t really been making much progress as of late–at least not that I’ve documented). Still, I did have to put the paintbrush and superglue down this weekend and took up the annual tradition of gourd evisceration.
You may remember my Hormagaunt pumpkin from 2010, or the demonic baby fetus from 2011. I also did a pumpkin in 2012 as well, but I never blogged about it (perhaps because it wasn’t 40k related–but then again, neither was the fetus). This year, I’m still estranged from the 40k theme, but I figured I’d blog about it just the same. Not because it exactly constitutes hobby progress, but because it was what I did in lieu of that progress.
For the past 8 years or so, I’ve been working with Styrofoam pumpkins because my mom bought me a bunch of them on sale after Halloween one year. I really like the idea that they last forever, but they’re far more difficult to work with and there’s a lot of things you just can’t do with them. With my first foray back into real flesh carving, I decided to work on a relief sculpture. While I was originally planning on doing something like Eddie (the mascot for Iron Maiden), it really came to me that my kids would far prefer something of the mutant variety.
Without a doubt, my son’s favorite TV show (at least this month) is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so I opted to go with that. It being a cartoon, it would be more forgiving to sculpt, and my lack of experience with this sort of carving made that an enticing enough reason to go with it.
I wound up carving it almost exclusively with X-acto knives: one smaller one and a larger one. All in all, it took probably about 2 hours, with a hefty dose of conversation thrown in. I was a bit afraid that the light wouldn’t shine through, but I think it works out nicely.
For preservation, I found a link over at Extreme Pumpkins that suggests washing the piece in bleach, so I gave that a whirl too. It only has to last five more days though, so I probably could’ve just left it au natural.
Anywho, hopefully I’ll be able to post some real hobby progress in the near future. Thanks, as always, for dropping by.