Pumpkin carving can be a serious art. Actually, let me rephrase that, it’s not serious – but it can be seriously detailed.
When I was young I was always bored out of my mind every time we had to carve pumpkins at school or camp or wherever you’re made to carve pumpkins. Cutting the top off, scooping out the seeds, blah blah blah. In the end all I would typically do was carve out some rudimentary eyes, make a slice for the nose and try my best to carve a crescent shape where the mouth would be. I’d pretty much call it a day after that no matter how disappointed the teacher looked.
But some people – man – they go nuts. What’s amazing about these pumpkins (and one badass watermelon) is that the artists who carve them behave like any artist in that it’s not solely about the medium, it’s about the craft. The fact that it’s a pumpkin becomes more or less irrelevant, or as relevant as any typical blank canvas.