I recently monitored an art class, and was intrigued by a carved pumpkin in the back of the room, which looked like this:
The next day, I ran into the instructor for the class, who told me that he was inspired by the work of a man named Ray Villafane, who owns a studio in Phoenix. You can view some of his creations at the link below:
My favorite is the deranged clown shown below:
If you would like to read more about the artist, click on the link below:
Although his specialty is carved pumpkins, he also has done some sand carving as well, which you can also see at the villafanestudios.com link shown above.
We have all carved numerous pumpkins in our lives, but none of them could hold a candle (pun intended) to the work of Mr. Villafane. Only in America could a man make a living carving pumpkins!