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Rocky Jack-o-lantern 2009 by Auswren Rocky Jack-o-lantern 2009 by Auswren
Happy Halloween everyone!

If you know me at all you'll know I LOVE carving jack-o-lanterns. This was my third attempt at a tri-layer carving and I think it turned out quite well. Took about seven hours to create (45 minutes of that time was simply setting up the design). I use wood carving blades and do everything by hand, no power tools involved.

Disclaimer: The character depicted is Roark "Rocky" Rickaby from my absolute all-time favorite webcomic Lackadaisy Cats [link] belonging to the one and only Tracy Butler. I've been following her comic for years and highly recommend it.

Also, for anyone wondering about the odd cropping of this photo and that patch of light at the top... I used a very bright lamp to light the jack-o-lantern and planned to crop it out before posting this deviation, but then I noticed the glare at the top looks like a burning barn! Ohoho, I just HAD to leave it in! Rocky is such a lovable arsonist! :hug:
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Moon-Gazer14 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply adorable and lovely in every way! I love Lackadaisy so much, I just died when I see this awesome pumpkin carving of him!
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the-dazzling-void Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist
this is amazing!!!
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Thysania Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh, wow, this is a really good Rocky jack-o-lantern! I saw you mention it on the 4DE comment page!
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Auswren Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe thank you x3 I keep getting notes from people saying "4DE took your idea!" and I'm like "Yeah I know!" I'm always ahead of the game XD
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ArctoLupus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
[link]

You were a few months too ahead of the game though I'm afraid
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Auswren Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I saw that! I'm going to enter with a new design this year. It'll be a lot more detailed than this one ;D
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ArctoLupus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Oh good luck! still doing Lackadaisy?
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Auswren Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really should fix my habit of giving late replies, sorry... D:

Yeah I'll probably stick with Lackadaisy. I'm not really a fan of any others ^^;
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ArctoLupus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
It's okay, I'm as slow as molasses when it comes to internet replies sometimes.

The only ones I've ever actually read were Knite and Lackadaisy, I don't know where to read the others, lol.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful!
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DragonPrivate Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Writer
Are you going to enter this in the Carving contest they have on DA? or is that over now?
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Auswren Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No, this is from last year anyway. I didn't carve one this year...at least not yet. I do have three pumpkins sitting in the front garden...
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Aokojin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
oh
my
god.
you are truly my hero.
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TG-Garfieldo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I can't stop looking at it! There's some really magical about seeing Rocky's visage etched into a gourd. As I myself have no talent for artistically chopping produce, I'm really impressed by how you were able to capture the character so well- and on a pumpkin, of all things.
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ItanHimitsu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student General Artist
oh my O_O I come late, but this is so awesome I can't help but comment! XD
I really love it, it's absolutely weird and perfect *___________*
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
MAD skillz!! u haz dem!! :D
wow. your melon mastery amazes me...
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Willowwolf23 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha, this is awesome! :clap: I love Rocky! :D
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Judge-Tempest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
That's amazing. I've never carved one of those or anything, but it looks really hard :( good job! :)
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arcticsnowwolf22 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
That's epic. Too bad someone stole our pumpkin. D:
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Auswren Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that's horrible D: Someone stole one of my jack-o-lanterns a couple of years ago but I caught them when they displayed it in front of their house on Halloween.

Needless to say the next morning their house was thoroughly egged, their trees teepeed, and their car was beautifully saran wrapped with a big orange bow on top and vaseline smeared under the door handles. And the best part was I only did the saran wrapping, I have no idea who else came after them lol! xD
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arcticsnowwolf22 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Karma man. Karma does everything O_O
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Wolf-Divide Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Amazing!!!!
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you c:
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Wolf-Divide Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
no problem!
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Ski-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student
Haha, this is excellent! I wanted to carve a Freckle pumpkin but I think all the good pumpkins are gone around here. All the same this rules! :dance:
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ Actually I wanted to do a pair (Freckle and Rocky) but this one took so long I'm really sick of pumpkins now xD There's always next year I guess. Thanks for commenting =D
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Ski-Machine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student
That would have been cool :D
No problem :)
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Akatsuki-no-Scarlet Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Omg Timber~! You are too awesome!
I carved a pumpkin once... It was a mess x3
I absolutely love how you got that to look so perfectly... on a fruitthing. You're so talented xD!
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
"on a fruitthing" xD Somehow I always forget pumpkins are fruit, they remind me more of vegetables :pumpkin::fear::pumpkin:
Thanks, glad you like it! :boogie:
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Akatsuki-no-Scarlet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
o.o Are they a fruit? They're like a... squash thing... Right?
Is that a veggie?
Anyways, you are totally welcome x3
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kougralover6268 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Nice! Makes me wish I had gotten a pumpkin so I could attempt (and fail, lol) at an epicfull thing as such. This is amazing! : D *fav*
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks kougra, good to hear from you! =D
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kougralover6268 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
:3 Great to hear from you too. Long time no talk, eh?
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Casener Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
This is highly epic and waaaay better than the pumpkin I carved xD;
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Case :hug: What kind of pumpkin did you make this year?
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Casener Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
No problem~ c:

Weeell, it's the first pumpkin that I've ever carved...
and I made an attempt to carve a scarecrow dragon :>
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a neat idea, fits the Halloween theme better than my anthro cat lmao. I'm sure you'll get better if you keep practicing cB
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Casener Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Thanks <3
Mmmmhmm- oh gossh, my brother just blew up an alien in Metroid Prime 1 and chunks of alien flew everywhere xD;
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Mitsunai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
You make the most epic jack-o-lanterns.
pfffffffff

What do your neighbors say about this?
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^ rofl the neighbors haven't seen it yet. I just finished carving and it's almost 10 pm here so I probably won't bother them with it until tomorrow. Or maybe I'll go hold it up to their living room window right now and creep them out hmm... Px
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Mitsunai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
No problem :3
Oh wow, that was bad timing on my case xD;
Pfff that will give them a good scare.
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Auswren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can hear it now... "DEMON CAT! IN THE WINDOW AAAAHHH!"

*snicker*
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Mitsunai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Ohoho >D
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