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Survivor of the Flames by johwee Survivor of the Flames by johwee
I think this may be one of my favorite carvings ever, and I'm betting it won't be nearly as popular as my others. Such is the way of pumpkin carving.

So this is Spook, the Survivor of the Flames, from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. These books are awesome, and you should read them if you haven't already. I'm serious. Go read them.

So this pumpkin is based off one of my favorite images from the third book. Spook, also known as Lestibournes, with his blindfold and burnt cape, surrounded by flames. The pattern also incorporates the the symbol for Tin in the background, and Pewter on his chest. Read the books, it will make sense.

As for the pattern, since I can't draw for beans the credit for this goes to by good buddy Ashleigh! She did a fantastic job of pattern making. Major credit and thanks to her :D

I had a lot of fun carving it as well, even if it took awhile. About 6 hours, I think. I used a lot of the marker technique, but I think it turned out well. I tried to give it a gradient so the ends were more burnt, but it didn't photograph very well. Such is the way of pumpkin carving.

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Mistborn and Spook Brandon Sanderson
Pattern Ashleigh
Carving Me
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CaptMalReynolds Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
This is a super cool piece! It actually kind of reminds me of a pumpkin carving. I loved Spook's story in the final book, and the pewter carving is just... yes....
johwee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The final book managed to push Spook up to my favorite character :D
CaptMalReynolds Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Just clued in that it was exactly a pumpkin carving *facepalm* this is even more awesome now btw.
ChristianWarrior713 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.  Love the way you used the symbols for Tin and Pewter!
johwee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Those are probably my favorite parts of the carve too. Or maybe the cape, I really like the cape.
UniquelySane Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't know the books, but I kinda want to read 'em now, especially if they can inspire such an awesome pumpkin carving :D
johwee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really recommend them! The third in the trilogy will be out someday, not sure when though.
Schellah Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I might scream... Because this is one of the coolest things I've seen... About an amazing character... that I love :3 Truly this is an awesome job. I love it, so much like I love Spook >3<
johwee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
ssquared Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Wuuuuut. Not only did you do an awesome art for an awesome book, but you did it on a PUMPKIN. Mad props. This is amazing.
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