This year, I carved Cthulhu from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. I used my own pattern. It took seven hours to prepare and carve the pumpkin.
source image: Cthulhu by AlMaNeGrA (used with permission)
Pumpkin Carving by Kamose
Pumpkin Carving Tutorial by Kamose
kind of pumpkins take?
This was probably my most time-consuming carve yet. (Getting the cut-out pieces out of the forehead without collapsing the design was a challenge. I also had to rinse it several times while scoring just to see what I was doing.)
I just looked at your other pumpkins and they are amazing. Well done!
It is! It's interesting to watch my thought process as I go through the process of carving. When I make the pattern, I am very confident. When I see the transferred lines on the pumpkin, I'm convinced the whole thing is going to be an irredeemable mess. This continues as I score the flesh off of the more complex parts. I am never sure that it looks good until it's done and I light it up.