I got my hands on a gigantic pumpkin this year!
I made the unicorn too big–the pattern would have been much easier to recognize and appreciate if it were smaller. :/ Also, the nose doesn’t show up very well unless you look at it head-on. (It shows up a little in the photo of the unicorn and dragon together below.)
Not all of the lines on the dragon show up as well as I’d like, but at least the outline is still visible! I did not have anywhere near enough time to carve any scales, but I am incredibly proud of the eye and teeth: The eye alone took me half an hour because the eye whites are smaller than either of my knives, so I did lots of poking with toothpicks. Same for the smallest teeth.
The dragon has spikes on its back, but they unfortunately don’t show up very well. I carved them very deep, almost all the way through (but not all the way because they’re in the background relative to the other spikes), and the back spikes do show up very well if you shine a flashlight at them from inside. So it must be that the candle light is hitting the spikes from too low.
I had hoped to also carve a couple of small full-body silhouettes since this pumpkin was so big, but I ran out of time and actually space, too!
In the daylight:
(The unicorn is a bit dried out because the photos were taken ~36 hr after I finished carving the unicorn.)
I forgot to take a photo before I started carving the unicorn. >.<
On a side note, this pumpkin, while gigantic, was rather weird: the flesh turned all ropey wherever I carved: