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November 12, 2012
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The Jack O'Lantern by Q-Le The Jack O'Lantern by Q-Le
I did some more work on the pumpkin to make it more realistic. I may update it a couple more times
The story of the Jack O' Lantern (my inspiration):

The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."

Traditions like the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the "souling" custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.
This is made for the hosted by :icondreamarian:

The draw-along reference was :icondraw-along:
I tried to give the pumpkin a purpose in the drawing....:D Hopefully you can see the link between the story above and my drawing

-B,3B, 8B pencils
-A3 Paper
-tissues, blending stumps

Took me so long, but I'm happy with it. Especially because I barely draw men so it was a nice challenge :) The right side could be improved though.

Man reference: [link]
I used my own hand for the positions and then I tried to make it man-ish....(I couldn't find a reference)

WIP: [link]

I used photoshop to stitch the scans.

I'm not sure if this is portraits, horror or fantasy catagory...Someone knows?
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acjub Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It' wonderful! :D I love the shading on this one! :clap:
Q-Le Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I'm trying some different techniques
Also, thanks for all the faves :glomp: I really appreciate it!
acjub Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for amazing work! :love:
zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Q-Le Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This looks a-ma-zing!!! The guy looks extremely life-like! :clap:
Q-Le Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Finally got the guts to draw men :)
d2luu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
cmon is this real???fml
beautiful work.
Q-Le Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol yeah :) Thanks!
d2luu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
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