It’s that 3D pumpkin carving time of year again. That time when the darker nights close in and my body clock changes. All I feel like doing is eating comfort food and wrapping up warm. It’s also the start of a great time of year with lots of traditions and creative opportunity.

Amazing Halloween 3D pumpkin carving

Last year I created a 3D pumpkin carving of John Terry. Moving on from the haunted house pumpkin carving I did the year before. It’s amazing what you can do with a set of £3.75 tools from eBay! I also used an iPhone 5 and some other bits and bobs.

I’d also tested doing something with the time lapse feature on the iPhone last year, where I created a monster face. However it wasn’t the best thing I’d done as I mistakingly did it in portrait view rather than landscape, and it was a bit far away to see what was going on.

3D Pumpkin Carving Setup
Cheap but effective 3D Pumpkin Carving Setup

So this year I wanted to create something that went a little bit further, something to push my creativity whilst keeping it simple. I love Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, so this year it was my aim to create a 3D pumpkin carving of the Grandmaster himself, Helio Gracie.

Check out the video and let me know what you think. What I like is how the light changes during the duration of the carve. You slowly see Helio’s face appear and then light up as it gets darker. As I found out, the iPhone 5’s camera is not great for this. However as the light totally drops off, you can eventually see the contours of his face appear.

My good friend Ben is friends with Rener & Ryron Gracie on Facebook. They are Helio’s grandchildren. Ben shared my post and tagged them in. That same night I received a message from Rener saying this;

Hey Andy amazing work on the pumpkin. Would you mind if I shared the video on my social media and gave you credit? If I embed it, it will get quite a bit of traction around the world. Just let me know – rener gracie

Absolutely sir, share away! 🙂

Helio Gracie 3D Pumpkin Carving
Finished image of the Helio Gracie 3D pumpkin carving.

Rener Gracie shares it on his social media profiles

Rener asked if he could have a copy of the raw file so that he could share it on his own social media profiles. Although I monetise my YouTube videos, sometimes it not all about making a few quid here and there, it’s about the feeling you get when your work is appreciated.

It’s not every day your work gets featured on the Gracie Breakdown! As I write this it has had over 12,000 views and counting. The comments that were made on my carving is worth a lot more to me than the few pounds I would have earned by him sharing my monetised YouTube video.

Rener titled the video “Halloween is over, but this pumpkin’s legacy will live on forever!” and I was grateful for him crediting and tagging me in all his social media shares.

Rener Gracie Facebook – “DAAAAAAAANG! The Grand Master of all Pumpkins!”

Gracie Breakdown Facebook – “Halloween is over, but this pumpkin’s legacy will live on forever! Share if you roll! Major props to Andy Firth UK for the Black Belt carving skills!”

Rener also shared it on his Instagram and Twitter profiles.

Thanks again Rener!

Helio Gracie Pumpkin Carving Social Media Shares
Rener Gracie’s social media shares of my Helio Gracie Pumpkin Carving.


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