Halloween is just around the corner and things are about to get spooky! It’s time for scary costumes, grotesque makeup, and perhaps the most fun activity of all: pumpkin carving!
Alex Wer, also known as The Pumpkin Geek is the king of pumpkin art. He started his “orange empire” during the Halloween of 2009 when his wife asked him if he could carve her company logo into a pumpkin. He chose to use a craft pumpkin instead of a real one, so it would last forever. Wer soon started getting orders from other companies and even received commissions for children’s portraits.
Wer’s process—which is referred to as a “4 color” technique—involves carving at multiple depths: one completely cut out, two of differing levels, and another untouched layer for the darkest areas of the image. When illuminated from within, an incredibly detailed image is revealed. Lately, Wer has introduced a 5th layer of carving to achieve further levels of detail. Each amazing design is hand carved and takes between 4-6 hours, depending on the complexity.
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