So a few years ago I received an email from one of my friends linking to a site that has gone away but was something like (pumpkingutter). This guy took pumpkin carving to the next level for me! It never even crossed my mind that pumpkins could be carved like this. So my first attempt was a pretty good success.
My first one (Scream) took me about 3 days to complete!
They are so fun to carve now because they are created by me and my hands! I don't use anything but my own imagination. No templates! I do however use a picture to look at just to make sure that it looks the same.