Behold: The Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving

Some of you may be noticing a theme appearing throughout my recent posts.. something to do with Hannibal, and the Great Red Dragon..
So, obviously, I’ve gone ahead and attempted to recreate the William Blake painting “The Great Red Dragon And The Woman Clothed With The Sun” in pumpkin form – for Halloween!

I used my reference photo:

Extract from The Great Red Dragon painting by William Blake
Extract from The Great Red Dragon painting by William Blake

I drew it freehand on the skin of my pumpkin – using a red sharpie (other permanent markers are available!). I then had to figure out which bits to carve all the way through – the highlights – and which to only carve half the depth through the pumpkin flesh – the mid-tones. And different depths for shading effects. Leaving the lines and darker shadows with the skin still attached.

So.. after about 3 hours on Friday night.. and a further 3 hours on Saturday morning (and extreme cramp and pains in my arms!).. I ended up with this beauty:

And view a spin around the lit result:

Click through to see the higher-res images on flickr:
Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015Red Dragon Pumpkin Carving by @crownjulesb Oct 2015

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