Halo Reach Jack O' Lantern

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    Halo Reach Jack O' Lantern

    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.

    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.





    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.



    When the whole image is transferred, that's when the real fun begins! It needs highlights and values to really pop the image.



    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.





    After several rounds of detailing and adding extra lighting to define the depth of the image it's done!










    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.



    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.

    Thanks guys, and let me know if you have any questions or want to see any more pics!

    -Sean

  2. #2
    That is some mighty fine work there Sean!! Looks like extremely tedious work, but well worth it in the end.

    -Matt

  3. #3
    i tried doing an emile one it didn't turn out that well

  4. #4
    best...pumpkin....evah...

  5. #5
    That is beyond epic.. Great job!

  6. #6
    I don't know what to say.

  7. #7
    I do,.....AWESOME!!!

    I never thought about using a synthetic pumpkin to carve on. Where can you get those at?

  8. #8
    Dude, you did a great job on that. The pumpkin must be honored.

  9. #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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    405th never ceases to amaze me...

  11. #11
    omg... WANT!!! too bad it'll rot... unless you decide to cryo freeze it like a true spartan

  12. #12
    That's awesome man! I was forced into carving out an Ariel one this year

  13. #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!..

  14. #14
    Quote 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:

    Quote 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.

  15. #15
    that is awesome! nice job :O

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  17. #17
    Using a fake pumpkin was a great idea. I'll have to try that next year.

  18. #18
    I'm just so awe struck by the attention to detail.

  19. #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

  20. #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

  21. #21
    Thanks Ruze, and thanks to everyone that voted!

  22. #22
    Holy Santa Clause shit that's an awesome pumpkin!

  23. #23
    Quote 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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