Squirrel O’Lanterns!

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Every Halloween since 2009, I have carved a pumpkin using my squirrel fetish as an inspiration for the design.  I usually put these out on the porch to be admired by the small handful of kids who bother trick or treating in the poor neighborhoods anymore.  While I will humbly brush off any attempt by people to flatter my crudely drawn artwork… even I will admit I seem to have an uncanny knack for free styling some pretty awesome punkins.

Below is a complete history of the Squirrel O’Lantern….

2009:

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A simple carving of the classically posed profile of a squirrel.  I like the glowing effect of this photo.

2010:

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Changing it up on the previous design, I carved out the negative space in this year’s pumpkin.  Same idea, different effect.

2011:

Uhhhhh…. yeah, right.

2012:

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I finally started getting really creative with my third squirrel o’lantern.  This one featuring an evil looking squirrel facing forward and holding an acorn…. or maybe a martini glass, depending on your perspective.  This one has a background with some creepy looking trees and Dr. Claw a cloud hovering over the moon!

2013:

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Who says you can’t carve a unicorn into your pumpkin?  Due to Rainbow Donkey’s overwhelming popularity on my blog this year, I felt compelled to put him into the design… so here he is with witchy MBRS ready to trade in her broomstick for a really classy ride!

2014:

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Yes, Buster doesn’t just die in my comics on a regular basis… I’ve also killed him off in a pumpkin carving as well.  I was hugely impressed with how this design of a squirrel cutting off Buster’s mangy little possum head came out… it’s a damn shame Halloween was on a Friday this year, which meant bowling, which meant I wasn’t home to show it off that evening…

2015:

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What could be more sinister looking to have on your front porch than a Devil Squirrel?  Or make that “DVL SQRL” since that’s all I could fit inside his tail.  Hey, we all liked the game show Bumper Stumpers, didn’t we?  You may notice that only the bottom portion of the squirrel’s tail is actually connected to the pumpkin.. making this design extremely difficult to carve in detail with so many of the parts being suspended by small pumpkin isthmuses…

2016:

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It’s zombie bunny squirrel returning from the grave to eat your brains!  It probably would have looked better had I been able to fit the tombstone where it would transition seamlessly into the bottom, but a floating stone just adds to the spooky nature of this squirrel o’lantern.  The raven turned out better than I thought it would, and the bat is pretty damned good itself for having to be carved without a sketch.  Also, all three sets of eyes and the RIP would have turned out better were they not so far off center so as to not fully glow…

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