Posted by: Kath Usitalo | October 25, 2010

Scary Good Pumpkin Art

Potential works of art at market, Saugatuck

Triangle eyes and sawtooth grins are nice and traditional, but if you’re ready to take your Jack O’Lantern carving to a new level check out the 3-D creations by Ray Villafane of Bellaire.

Yes, Ray carved this from one pumpkin (provided photo)

The former art teacher shares tips on creating incredible squash sculptures at Ray’s Pumpkin Carving Tutorial. He explains how to pick the right pumpkin, shows the necessary tools, and demonstrates the step-by-step method of bringing out the face hiding behind the orange rind.

And he makes it seem so easy.

Most of the year the sculptor works from his home studio in the Northwestern Lower Peninsula carving superhero characters for toys and collectibles (Wolverine, Batman, Superman); he does seasonal work in pumpkins and sand. As you might have guessed, we’re not talking castles made with plastic pails.

You can see images of his toys/collectibles and sand art on Ray’s Facebook page.

That’s where I learned that Ray and his pumpkin art will appear on CBS Evening News, 6:30 p.m. today, Monday, October 25.

He’s no stranger to national publicity; he’s competed on “Food Network Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins,” and his Facebook page also links to other articles about his biodegradable creations.

Let me know if you’re inspired to give Ray’s method a try; I’m still trying to perfect the triangle eyes and sawtooth grin.

Related link: last October’s post featuring Extreme Pumpkins, another wildly inventive Michigan carver, at Got Pumpkin?

My pumpkin art

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