This article features some of the portraits that have been carved by some of my student/customers and blog readers. Maybe they’ll give you the encouragement to try some of your own. Pumpkins and watermelons that have carved portraits are a great way to honor guests at any special occasion.
Carved Portraits Honor Loved Ones
This first watermelon portrait was carved by Deborah Cheeseman. Deborah, who is a professional caterer as well as a student/customer of mine, created this for a wedding rehearsal dinner. It’s a very good likeness, isn’t it?
You can also see Deborah’s very first pumpkin portrait that she carved of her 90 aunt on a previous blog post.
You can learn how to make carving patterns from photos in my Portrait Carving Course. You can learn more about my video lessons by clicking here.
The next photo shows customer/student, Lynn Schreer’s first carved portrait on a pumpkin. I love Lynne’s sense of humor that shows in what she wrote when she sent me her photo.
This photo of my first pumpkin portrait attempt was taken AFTER our Thanksgiving dinner. The pumpkin had been a centerpiece on our buffet with lots of curly greens and vegetables, flowers, etc. This photo of my mom with her pumpkin was taken during cleanup. I was very proud of myself until my sister in law thought it was a portrait of George Washington. Everyone else thought I was brilliant! She was not allowed dessert.
Thank you for your wonderful lessons.
I had to smile at the part about not allowing the sister in law dessert.
Besides the fun and recognizable carved portrait that Lynne made, I am amazed that Lynne’s mother in the photo is 98! She looks great. When I mentioned that to Lynne she responded with,
My mom was 98 in that photo from Thanksgiving 2012. She will be 100 in March and looks the same. I always tell her it’s a little freaky that she looks like that at her age. She has an incredible sense of humor, is totally with it, and still tells me when my hair gets too long. I am very aware that I am blessed.
We all would be so lucky to be that good looking and healthy at 98! Great job on your first pumpkin portrait, Lynne.
Carved Portraits of Influential Leaders
Retired FBI man, Cary Thornton, carved these next few watermelon portraits of influential leaders, two of whom have passed from this world recently.
Thanks for inspiring me to pursue this hobby. Attached are a few of my favorite carvings. – Cary Thornton
Whether you are carving portraits of celebrities or of friends and family, it’s fun to do. A big thank you goes out to Lynne, Deborah and Cary for sharing their pumpkin and watermelon portraits with us.
Looking for more inspiration? You can see another remarkable first time pumpkin portrait by clicking here.
If you want to honor a special person at your next event, check out my Portrait Carving video course. I’d love to see the carved portraits on pumpkin and watermelon that you create.