The Pumpkin Watchers are a group of three pumpkin scare crows. They consist of large pumpkin heads, hands, and rib cages.
Crumpled paper was used for three giant pumpkin headed scare crows. The technique for making these pumpkins can be found on STOLLOWEEN’s website.
The ribs are made out of cardboard. I quickly free-handed the shape and cut it out with a utility knife. Didn’t even cut myself once! Down the sternum I added a ridge of cardboard. This is another technique “borrowed” from STOLLOWEEN. To give the bones a rounded look I used paper towels. This worked really well. What you do is lightly roll up a paper towel into a tube, dip said tube in paste, and gently scrape off the excess paste. Place the paper towel on the cardboard rib form. Once the entire rib form is covered in paper towel padding, use regular strip mache over top of it.
The hands for the Pumpkin Watchers are very similar to the hands for Bonewart. The main difference, aside from scale, is that I used a chunk of recycled packaging styrofoam for the palms. This worked great. The fingers were positioned by twisting the paper tubes into the foam, the taped into place. Each hand has three fingers and a thumb. The fingers are made out of toilet paper tubes that were slit down the middle and rolled to about the thickness of my thumb. Each finger joint had a triangle snipped out of the end so it would slide over the previous finger. The wrist was just an unaltered toilet paper tube that was twisted into place. Each wrist/arm was made out of three tubes connected together. I left the arm open so the hands can slide over a PVC pipe or wood armature. The nails were cut out of cereal box cardboard. Balled up paper towel was inserted into each finger tip to round off the end of the fingers. The entire hand and wrist was then covered in a few layers of strip mache.
Paper mache clay was added to the top of the pumpkins to give them some extra dimension.
The hands were covered in paper shop towels to give them a nice wrinkled look.
The pumpkin watcher heads were gutted and carved. For depth, cardboard was added in the eye, nose, and mouth holes. A little more paper mache clay around the edges of the facial features rounds out the heads.
The body frames are PVC pipe with a little paint slapped on. They are really top heavy so tie down lines are needed at each elbow.