Halloween in the D

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    It's Devil's night in the D. And anyone who grew up in the Detroit area knows that up here, we take halloween very seriously. I thought I would share a couple of this years jack-o-lanterns that I just finished carving. In typical fashion It all starts with a plan.

    First you find a decent image and perform a little photoshop magic to convert it into a posterized image with three levels of grey. I did this with the old glory caster back in the challenge, but used 5 levels of grey. then the paper image is taped tp the gourd.
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    Using my handy dandy little roller pokey thingy, I trace all of the edges of the pattern transferring the image to the pumpkin.
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    Remove the pattern and take a peek. Make sure everything is traced because putting the pattern back on isn't an option.
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    Now take a sharpie and darken the lines. A sharpie works great and doesn't wear away with all the pumpkin juice that accumulates.
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    Gut the pumpkin next. save the seeds. they are gold.
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    Now with a cheapo saw tools and a cheapo wood carving tool, cut out the voids where the lightest color is and remove the peel from the middle grey areas.
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    clean up the surfaces of the greys with a broader faced chisel.
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    Drop in a candle and shut off the lights. Heeeeeeeres Johnny!
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    Anyone know this guy? He was a Detroit TV icon in the 70's.
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    RAD!
     
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    Wow! If anyone smashes that pumpkin...
     
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    I was gonna say Ghoulardi, but that was Cleveland.... soooo, after a Google search, i would have to say that's Sir Graves Ghastly
     
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    Thats just GREAT !! Cant believe how good that looks lit up. Well done. M
     
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    Awesome.
     
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    ***i would have to say that's Sir Graves Ghastly***

    Ding!
     
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    Dude. That's awesome. :)
     
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    Great Pumpkins Motor City. Hey are they still burning portapotties on Halloween up there?
     
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    Graves Ghastly...LOL...next it'll be The Ghoul..."scratching glass and turning blue"...yep I remember Sir Graves...at first I thought it was Salvador Dali LOL....
     

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    Some Previous jack-o-lanterns

    The Ghoul was actually first.

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    wow...now thats what I'm talkin' about. The Alice Cooper is way cool...I remember when he came on stage at the East Town Theater with that look, and the chicken (YILES!!!). His band was always a GREAT show. You have a GREAT imagination...I really like your stuff...all of it :D
     
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    Good stuff. Grew up in Birmingham. Had to trick-or-treat on Oct. 30, never knew why, still don't. I don't know if they still do that or not. Thought it was odd when the kids from Royal Oak, across Greenfield Rd. came the next night. "Pals" of mine blew up our Jack one night with an M-80 on a cigarette fuse, so we tried the dog poop in the burning bag trick. They were on to us, and didn't fall for it. Used to love Halloween. Thanks for the memories!
     
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    Thumb tack pointed out on the doorbells would keep repeat ringers from our front door, and a bucket of water on the head while I waited on the roof if they dared. But that's when Devil's Night was mild back in the 60's. Burning houses and cars and shooting folks is a bit too much. Great place to grow up in, and I am glad to be FROM Motown. They bulldozed & wrecking balled my HS Alma Mater (Cass Tech) this past summer, so there really is no more joy to going home.

    Sir Graves and Alice and all of them are great Jack O Lanterns - you are quite the artist. Happy Halloween. Drink a Vernors for me.
     
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    Badass
     
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    I would have known that without google :) Used to watch that every Saturday back in the day.
     
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    Birmingham? Were you one of the rich kids? ;)
     
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    IMG_7165.JPG Wow those are incredible.

    I was proud of my werewolf this year but these blow it away.
     
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