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Addams Family Pumpkin Carving

Happy Halloween Everyone!

It’s my favourite holiday of the year.  Not because of all the sweets (honest) but because I can legitimately watch all the horror movies I like, and wear skulls, and take the skeletons out of the closet… and of course, carve pumpkins.

I’ve done a few designs over the years – type in “pumpkin” to the search box here on my blog to see some of my previous carves.

This year, I initially wasn’t sure on what to do.  Until someone forwarded an image of Morticia and Gomez Addams on Facebook, with the phrase “relationship goals”.  So that settled it.


I chose my image from the hundreds available, as one which conveyed their relationship perfectly.  Taken from the first Addams Family movie with Angelica Houston and Raul Julia in the title roles.  I loved those two as Morticia and Gomez.

I started out by sketching on the general shapes and filling in some of the detail in red, then slowly putting greater detail in darker colours, once I was happy with the placements.

Then I started CUTTING!  I used a regular kitchen knife, plus a craft knife for the detail.  Lighter areas are cut all the way through, while mid-tones are cut into the flesh, and dark areas with the pumpkin skin left on.

Testing the image at times by shining a torch into the middle of the pumpkin, to check my progress.  To frame my subjects, I put them inside a heart shape.  Of course!

And here’s the YouTube video where you can see the whole thing as I give it a spin!

For high-resolution photographs, see my Flickr Album: Pumpkin Carving, showing this and last years’ efforts.  With some examples:

Morticia Morticia & Gomez Gomez Thing

Lastly, I thought of cutting “Thing” out of the back, so that it projects against the back wall.  The whole carve took approximately 8 hours!  Next time, however, I’ll think more about the placement of the background carvings, as when you cut all the way through both sides of the pumpkin, you can’t then see the front detail because the light doesn’t reflect off the inside of the pumpkin if you’ve removed some of it!  As shown in the image below, the projection isn’t all that great this time around.  But other than that, I’m pretty happy with the result.

Thing projection


Getting back into the swing of things.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted anything original up here.  Properly anyway.  It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything (honest!).  Since Christmas I’ve been thinking about whether I should focus on a particular craft or theme.  But it appears my audience is quite diverse, and I shouldn’t completely stop any one particular activity.

Here are some goals that I would like to achieve over the next few months.. let’s say 6 months (to give myself a deadline):

  1. write a full crochet dress pattern.  I’ve had something in mind for ages, but I need to actually make something, and fit it to myself, before writing it all down.  And, of course, modifying it for larger/smaller sizing.
  2. Do a few more drawings/sketches/portraits.  Again, I’ve started some things, and have yet to finish.  I WILL!
  3. Finish reading those books that I have piled up – literally (in my front room by the sofa) and virtually (on my kindle).
  4. Chronicle my first attempt at Cosplay!  I plan to go to London Film and Comic Con in July – as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  I also hope to make some of the costume myself – as I got a sewing machine for Christmas.  So there’s a project to get me started.
  5. I’ll continue to write the odd Haiku poem!  Maybe I’ll have to try and expand into iambic pentameter..
  6. …and I’d love to write a short story!  I really need to settle down and think of a decent plot though.. loads of disparate ideas, nothing cohesive (yet).

In the last month or so, I’ve also binge-watched several movies.. or have I been procrastinating?.. So if I can come up with a theme, perhaps I’ll do a longer review article.  These might be few and far between though.. we’ll see.

I also can’t believe it’s FEBRUARY 2016 already.  Where has the time gone?

Time to focus, methinks.


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

Orchid – Sketch

After months and months of my orchids being nothing but twigs and leaves – FINALLY they’ve burst into flower again!

To celebrate this, and to do a little practice with my sketching again (I pick it up and drop it again within days!), I had a go at drawing one of these beautiful blooms..

I chose the purple one (I have some yellows, and some variegated ones) as I know that I can get heavy-handed with my shading!  Perhaps next time I’ll try using coloured pencils to bring out the detail.

Still.. for a first effort, I’m quite pleased:

Orchid. Julia Barnard April 2015. ©crownjulesb.
Orchid. Julia Barnard April 2015. © crownjulesb.

Grey Alien (Stargate SG-1’s “Thor”)

Readers of this post who are already familiar with the now old (bring it back guys!) show Stargate SG-1 may recognise this little alien guy as “Thor” – a prominent character from the race called “Asgardians” (literally sourced from Norse mythology, as is the Marvel comic incarnation of Thor).

His little face was looking at me from the side of one of my DVD box sets!  For an animatronic model, he was pretty cute..  and in the show he was voiced by Daniel Jackson – Michael Shanks!

Thor - Stargate SG-1
Thor – Stargate SG-1