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    Nov 1, 2010, 1:59 AM - Halo Reach Jack O' Lantern #1

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Hey guys, long time no see! Sorry I haven't been around as much lately, I've just been busy with all kinds of stuff. I took some time off this weekend for Halloween but just couldn't resist carving a Halo themed Jack O Lantern for the 2010 Guilt O"Lantern contest run by halo.bungie.org. I wasn't able to enter anything last year, so this year was a must! I thought you guys might like to see it and to see a little of how I make these.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman]I was pondering over the last week if I was going to have time to enter anything in this years contest. Every night before bed I browsed through screenshots looking for ideas. I ended up deciding to compose my own image combining a wallpaper screenshot from bungie.net and a background image of Auntie Dot. [/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman]I design my stencils in photoshop and carefully wrap and compress the paper to the shape of the pumpkin for accuracy. I slowly cut out the shapes with an x-acto knife and peel the skin of the pumpkin away to transfer the image.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman]When the whole image is transferred, that's when the real fun begins! It needs highlights and values to really pop the image. [/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman]Using files, carving tools and dental pics I carefully carve the values and highlights into the pumpkin when lit, adding highlights and correcting the image one detail at a time.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman]After several rounds of detailing and adding extra lighting to define the depth of the image it's done![/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman]For reference I used a 12" pumpkin, a Funkin brand synthetic pumpkin so that I can keep the Jack O' Lantern and display it again next year. Carving these pumpkins can be a little more work than usual because the orange paint has a tendency to flake off . I had to retouch the flaked off paint several times through the carving progress. [/FONT]



    [FONT=Times New Roman]So, hope you guys liked seeing that. Voting for the contest should begin in a few days I think. A couple years ago I was really bummed about the results when I came in second place to what I thought was a pretty mediocre pumpkin. I'm hoping that I've raised the bar sufficiently to place again. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Thanks guys, and let me know if you have any questions or want to see any more pics![/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman]-Sean[/FONT]
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    Nov 1, 2010, 5:38 AM - #2

    That is some mighty fine work there Sean!! Looks like extremely tedious work, but well worth it in the end.

    -Matt
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    Nov 1, 2010, 5:43 AM - #3

    i tried doing an emile one it didn't turn out that well
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    Nov 1, 2010, 9:38 AM - #4

    best...pumpkin....evah...
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:04 AM - #5

    That is beyond epic.. Great job!
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:10 AM - #6

    I don't know what to say.
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:29 AM - #7

    I do,.....AWESOME!!!

    I never thought about using a synthetic pumpkin to carve on. Where can you get those at?
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    Nov 1, 2010, 11:20 AM - #8

    Dude, you did a great job on that. The pumpkin must be honored.
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    Nov 1, 2010, 7:22 PM - #9

    Sean this looks amazing! You'll definitely be getting my vote when the voting goes up!!

    I do remember yours from 2 years ago, it was Chief in front of a haunted house/ mansion, right? I also remember thinking yours deserved the win...
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    Nov 1, 2010, 7:39 PM - #10



    405th never ceases to amaze me...
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    Nov 1, 2010, 9:56 PM - #11

    omg... WANT!!! too bad it'll rot... unless you decide to cryo freeze it like a true spartan
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:20 PM - #12

    That's awesome man! I was forced into carving out an Ariel one this year
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:34 PM - #13

    Wow that's impressive.. I wasn't sure you would get all the detail but once you added the depth in there the light really made it pop!..
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    Nov 1, 2010, 10:42 PM - #14

    Originally Posted by EmpireSpartan View Post
    omg... WANT!!! too bad it'll rot... unless you decide to cryo freeze it like a true spartan
    It won't rot:

    Originally Posted by Sean Bradley View Post

    For reference I used a 12" pumpkin, a Funkin brand synthetic pumpkin so that I can keep the Jack O' Lantern and display it again next year.
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    Nov 1, 2010, 11:15 PM - #15

    that is awesome! nice job :O
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    Nov 2, 2010, 1:38 PM - #16

    hope you win!
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    Nov 2, 2010, 3:44 PM - #17

    Using a fake pumpkin was a great idea. I'll have to try that next year.
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    Nov 2, 2010, 4:40 PM - #18

    I'm just so awe struck by the attention to detail.
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    Nov 5, 2010, 3:50 PM - #19

    Voting is now live for the contest, if you have a minute or two, go look through all the entries and vote for your favorites. You can vote for your 5 favorite Jack O Lanterns. Mine is #129 on the last page of entries.

    Theres some really nice pumpkins there, its funny how many are very similar designs. Check them out!

    http://halo.bungie.org/misc/guiltola...ml?action=help
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    Nov 12, 2010, 8:17 AM - #20

    Just saw the results, congrats Sean on the first place finish! Yours was by far the most impressive pumpkin in there!

    http://halo.bungie.org/misc/guiltola...0/results.html
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    Nov 12, 2010, 10:40 AM - #21

    Thanks Ruze, and thanks to everyone that voted!
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    Dec 20, 2010, 7:32 PM - #22

    Holy Santa Clause **** that's an awesome pumpkin!
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    Dec 20, 2010, 7:34 PM - #23

    Originally Posted by EmpireSpartan View Post
    omg... WANT!!! too bad it'll rot... unless you decide to cryo freeze it like a true spartan
    he said it's a synthetic pumpking meanint it won't rot, which naturally makes it even more bad arse

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