Incredibly Realistic Pumpkin-Carved Portraits by Alex Wer

Alex Wer is an awesome artist who can take just about any image and turn it into a piece of everlasting art, by carving it into a craft pumpkin. His Halloween creations look so almost to good to be real.

Alex Wer, also known as “The Pumpkin Geek” first started exercising his awesome talent as a pumpkin carver two years ago, by accident. His wife asked him to carve a pumpkin for her office Open House, and since he had always enjoyed carving pumpkins, he thought it would be fun. He only has a few weeks until Halloween, so he had to decide between carving a real pumpkin that would spoil within a week, or go for a craft pumpkin that could theoretically last forever. He went for the second option, and although he only created a logo and some script, Alex’s pumpkin was a hit at his wife’s event. Before he knew it he had 35 orders for custom logos and children pictures, and his “Orange Empire” was born.

He started experimenting with what’s called “4 color carving”, where 1 area is completely cutout, 2 different levels of depth, and finally, a layer untouched for the darkest portion of the image. This style gave him a lot of versatility and allowed him to create really detailed works of art that seemed to impress his clients. He got better with each new craft pumpkin he carved, but even now every pumpkin takes Wer between 4 and 6 hours to complete.

Alex Wer’s pumpkin carving portfolio is truly impressive, containing all kinds of cool portraits, from heroes like Spiderman, Harry Potter or Indiana Jones, to villains like Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort, celebrities, TV celebrities and a lot more. He also does commission work so head over to his official site and at least take a look at what this guy can do. Oh, and guess what his favorite holiday is? Christmas…I know, right?

 

 

 

 

 

All photos copyright of Alex Wer via The Pumpkin Geek

 


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  • Todd Posted on November 1, 2011

    Very impressive if real… but I will say it does look photo-shopped… Making a picture to picture copy of something and then to carve it on to the flesh of a pumpkin is incredibly unique skill… If he can carve like that then he should be able to draw like that or use clay to “immortalize” his work. Not a fan of the Steve Jobbs pumpkin… it’s to soon.