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Don't worry about getting bits of pumpkin gunk on your light bulb, burning pumpkin smells delicious.
The curvature of the pumpkin can make it difficult to apply a flat stencil so try to cut away as much of the unused area as possible. This includes cutting out the center of areas that won't be carved, not just around the edges. Cut the stencil into different pieces and apply them separately if you still can't get the stencil to lay flat. However this may change the look of the design a bit. Pieces may be closer than they look on the original stencil or may even overlap each other. You can also warp the stencil itself. Something like the "Inflate" (negative percent) effect in Illustrator or the "Pinch" effect in Photoshop can help reduce the curved look. This works especially well for designs that have a lot of straight lines.

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miss-hummingbird Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your work, you have a very steady hand! I've been reading the tips you've been sending out, any pearls of wisdom on lighting? Me and my brother have a competition every year but we always have a problem with candles going out and nothing artificial seems the same!
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ceemdee Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Well if you're doing a full carving (cutting all of the way through the pumpkin) then a light bulb will probably not look as good as a candle. You could try one of those fake LED candles that even have a flicker effect. They're often battery powered. Although I'm not sure how bright they tend to be. If you do use a light bulb I'd recommend using a CFL since you can get much brighter ones without them getting super hot. You could also cover the inside of the pumpkin (or at least right behind the carved areas) with some wax paper. This will scatter the light better and give you a more even looking glow.
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miss-hummingbird Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice, I will have to have to play around with it this week and see which is best :)

Just weighed my pumpkin and its over 28 pounds! so looking forward to Halloween now!
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pingvin66666 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your works are amazing! I never seen art like this before! Keep it up! :horns: :D
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THX1138666 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :party::happybounce::juggle::cake::juggle::happybounce::party:

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saltyseadog Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Hello, 
Can I use your image of the hitman pumpkin on a t-shirt?
Thanks!
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Dibantedeanime21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi^^
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mich2mars Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
your ability to carve pumpkins is amazing (to me the way you mastered -inverted- volumes to create smooth shades is pure awsomeness) it totally gives Luigi a 3d effect =3
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IO-Travis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Hi! Your awesome Hitman pumpkin carving was featured on the official Facebook page. 

Very impressive work! 


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nitro404 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Hi! I happened to stumble across your amazing pumpkin carvings and wanted to compliment your fantastic work and tastes! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you're carving this year. I'm also an avid carver, but I don't think that I have anything uploaded to deviantART.. but if you're interested, here's a link to my work! (Use the dropdown menu at the top.)
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