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The Great Pumpkin 2016

The Great Pumpkin 2016

Three Years After Our Last Great Pumpkin Battle, We Give it Another Go!

It’s almost Halloween, I always like the last beast before the holiday to be in the spirit of said festivity… We’ve got a pretty different crew these days, so I’m going back to one of my favorites we did three years back… maybe cause it’s tied to my childhood, maybe cause it’s such a tragic tale or maybe just cause it’s so open ended. Regardless it makes me smile and hopefully it catches you too.

For those of you who don’t know what the great pumpkin is, it’s a legendary beast from Charles Shulz’s Peanuts. I did a pretty thorough write up when we did this the first time, so if you’d like to have a look it’s here and for those of you already mostly in the loop let’s just jump to our bulleted descriptors

  • It is to this point entirely unseen beast so beyond the terms “Great” and “Pumpkin” we know very little
  • Legend has it he is supposed to appear in the pumpkin patch late Halloween night
  • What he’s supposed to do late at night in the pumpkin patch is, to me at least, a mystery
  • Possible it feeds off the disappointment of blanket dependent youth, or just really bad at keeping appointments

That’s it! All I ask is you don’t try too hard and have fun with it! We’ll close off submissions for judgement midnight of Friday the 28th… As always our judge’s favorite wins a shirt, so get your asses doodling!

Judgement Is Complete

the first place great pumpkin entry I pulled my veteran judge and longtime buddy Ken back in to judge our pumpkins as I knew he’d cut right to the chase … and as I predicted:

“Tough call… think i gotta go #7…good level of contrast and dimension…and has a skull…. and murder…

Disagree if you must but know that judgement is law and to the winner a shirt will go…. Thanks to drawers and judges alike. And even though the contest is done we’ll always welcome new Great Pumpkin drawings for the archives! So draw on and remember, 25 beasts drawn earns you a shirt!

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The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 1

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 1

Kinda of a Great Pumpkin storyboard, vs just a drawing, but there’s nothing wrong with that! Sometimes you need a few extra frames to explain that you’re english, and that above all else, you like making giant pumpkins cry!

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 2

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 2

Now hard to say if this guy is jumping into scene to lap the sadness off this kids face and say “look I’m here!” or if he’s about to deliver the crotch kick heard around the world… But I do enjoy his bonelessness and those odd vine-y nipples!

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 3

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 3

Haha! You had to know this was coming! Can you imagine how hard that quaff is to manage when your tiny lil arms barely even reach far enough up to do the home alone face? and such good dead, unfocused, eyes!

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 4

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 4

Is it more devastating to think he was there every year?… he’s just really really small…. So Linus never saw…

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 5

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 5

ok obvious floating on farts jokes aside, that’s a hell of a physically fit pumpkin… I’m interested that those small claws, even raised in meditation, on a peaceful beast, still read as “savage”…oh and don’t think I missed the peanutsness of that patch, that’s pretty great.

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 6

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 6

Man 10 points for a good Fezzik/Dad pun! Plus a few more for the green vegetal body hair… It’s interesting that it spits flame AND has flaming finger jets, I mean sure, you see a lot of beasts with one or the other, but not often you get both!

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 7

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 7

man I do love me a silhouetted foreground as a mood setter! And that right there is a solid malformed mound of vegetable horror… and while I assume ol Linus is about to get ate up… there’s something almost akin to pity it those piercing pumpkin eyes… or maybe it’s just a long held distaste for blankets?

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 8

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 8

Pretty great how much the lack of nose holes confuses the emotion of a pumpkin face, even with a bag full of gifts, the piece has that great, somber, cool all we have for clothes is burlap, empty void feel, but i mean slap a clown nose on that bad boy and that’s an entirely different smile! (great farm name btw)

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 9

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 9

You know at first, like that lil linus interpretation I was downright terrified, you don’t just eat the great pumpkin! But I got to thinking, if magic makes Lucky Charms delicious, and that’s just chalk and sugar… I bet that’s a really, really good pie.

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #10

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry # 10

“I didn’t have time for a great pumpkin so here’s one with a disease…” Aww that’s not a disease, that’s character! If you’ve ever grown your own pumpkins, you know, just like with people, the ones covered in warts, boils and nibble holes are waaaay more common and I’ve always thought more fun… plus that’s some great whithering and and even better lil viney arm!

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #11

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #11

My favorite part is that it looks like someone got the wrong bottom half for their carrot costume but are really hoping no one notices! And am I the only one that thinks this pumpkin has a well cared for, classic pick up at home?

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #12

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #12

Holy sh*t the peanuts grimace on that tree is amazing and adult speak as black forgotten tongue kinda genius… but determined as he is to do battle with the void… I sorta worry that charlie brown, what with his belly stuffed full of frustration and self doubt, will be turned before this evening is done…

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #13

The Great Pumpkin 2016 Entry #13

Haha! dammit will I ever not laugh at the old switcheroo? Not sure why but this has a fantastic poorly printed mimeograph feel to it that makes it way spookier and I’m finding that i suddenly crave an icy cold glass of Purplesaurus Rex (two parts grape to one part lemonade for those who dont know!).