It is a beautiful October. A colourful autumn month and the month of Halloween. Are you again planning to carve a traditional jack-o’-lantern, cutting out eyes, a mouth, and a nose? Stop there. You must see the pumpkin sculptures of the American artist Ray Villafane before you proceed with your plans. He offers some really terrifying pumpkin faces that you can proudly put on the porch to welcome “warmly” all the trick-or-treaters!
A pumpkin grows for months but Ray needs only a couple of hours to sculpt the frighteningly realistic portraits out of the orange vegetable. His tools? A scalpel and spoons. Also – a big bunch of passion. With this tools in hands, all the artist needs is a healthy, meaty pumpkin. He takes his time choosing the right pumpkin, the one “with character”, as he says.
Ray is a celebrated artist in the USA, becoming more and more popular. A number of TV programs have had him as a special guest to present his amazing work. How did he come to realize he has such a unique talent? As an art teacher in Bellaire he had to sculpt something for a Halloween. He decided to carve the vegetable as if it was a piece of clay. The school kids went crazy for it! From this day on the teacher’s classroom was heaped with pumpkins!
Look at the pictures bellow and be amazed. Also, Ray’s site is an absolute must! Let the Halloween horror begin now!
16. The Petrifying Pumpkin Faces by Ray Villafane