With Halloween just around the corner, talented artists and crafters are again showing us that pumpkin carving is an art all its own. Many achieve incredible detail and transform these tough orange exteriors into unconventional sculptures—it’s nothing short of impressive. Veterinarian Andy Manoloff has recently completed a “dog o’lantern” of his beloved Pomeranian, Sophie. Paired side-by-side, the pumpkin is a spitting image of the fuzzy pup.
Manoloff records his artistic process in a mesmerizing time lapse video. He started by drawing the portrait directly on the pumpkin from a reference photograph. Then, using an X-ACTO knife, he cut and extracted the largest shapes in his design. He didn’t slice all the way through the rind, however, and instead made some cuts that were deeper than others. When illuminated, the inner light permeates through the layers differently and gives the flattened image a three dimensional appearance.
Manoloff shared his finished dog pumpkin carving on Reddit, and it was received with flying colors. Impressed by the technique, one Redditor commented on just how alike the two look: “Somehow [the pumpkin] is more detailed and realistic than your actual dog.”