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How To Draw Halloween Pumpkins

Updated on September 13, 2014

How to draw Halloween pumpkins with Gimp

Halloween is time for pumpkins. We can find them everywhere.

There are small and big pumpkins, funny and scary pumpkins, carved pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin bread and cakes...

And we can use pumpkins for decoration.

I'll show you how to draw Halloween pumpkin with Gimp. Gimp, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is raster graphics editor and we can download it for free.

Halloween pumpkin is picture by Pippi Dust.

Let's take a little poll first...

Do you make your own Halloween decorations?

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Let's make our pumpkin

We'll start with a shape of a pumpkin. We do that with placing a few points.

We are going to use a Paths tool and this is how it looks like.

If we want to place points Paths tool must be in design mode.

If we want to drag the line between points Paths tool must be in edit mode.

Now we press the line and drag it to the left or right to get a shape of a pumpkin.

When we are pleased with our pumpkin's shape, we press Selection from Path and Stroke path to color the line. I used color #f57d41.

And to color the whole pumpkin we just go to Edit - Fill with FG color. I used color #f57d41.

Now we continue with coloring the lines of a pumpkin. It is the same all the time:

- place two points

- drag the line to shape it

- color the line

I used color #ba4c16.

The lines are drawn and colored.

Here we are drawing and coloring the top of a pumpkin.

For background I used color #795e27, and for the lines inside I used color #4d3a10.

For the top I used colors #f1d96a and #f4e69d. I made two lines.

Then we start with eyes.

For the lines I used color #f1d96a and to fill half of an eye I used color #f4e69d.

To fill the other half of an eye I used color #91380d.

This is pumpkin's nose. I used colors #f1d96a and #f4e69d for the lines and color #91380d to fill the nose.

And here are mouth with teeth.

For the first line I used color #f1d96a.

For the second line I used color #f4e69d. To fill the mouth I used color #91380d.

Our pumpkin is almost done.

Just one more thing. We can have it on a white or any other background color or we can make the background transparent.

To make it transparent, we choose Free Select Tool, it looks like this.

We make little points around our pumpkin. At the end we just click the first point we made to connect the first and the last point. With these points we selected object from background.

We must be careful, because if we accidentally click twice instread of once, we will have to start all over again.

Then we go to Layer - Transparency - Add Alpha Chanell.

Then Select - Invert. And at the end just Delete.

And this is the picture we must get, pumpkin and in the background black and gray little squares. This is our transparency.


And this is our Halloween pumpkin. I hope you had fun making it.

How to Draw a Pumpkin for Halloween

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    • profile image


      6 years ago

      What a detailed and fun tutorial!

    • APackageAtTheDoor profile image


      6 years ago

      Very cool tutorial. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks great. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Sweet and so well done for so much fun!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      BOO! Love your tutorial on how to use gimp for your drawing a pumpkin! Happy Halloween. ^^..^^

    • Retro Loco profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Love the tutorial. Thank you for sharing! Congrats on your Purple Star!!

    • Vikk Simmons profile image

      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      I can see why this lens earned a purple star. Very cool instructions. Congratulations on making it to the top 50 in the Happy Halloween contest, too.

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the very informative GIMP tutorial. Congratulations on being a Happy Halloween Contest finalist (and for receiving a Purple Star)!

    • juliannegentile profile image

      Julianne Gentile 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Happy Halloween! Congrats on being a Happy Halloween Contest Finalist!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana


    • marianne sequeira profile image

      marianne sequeira 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this ... I really needed it :)

    • APackageAtTheDoor profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice tutorial, thanks!

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      7 years ago

      I like him. He's cute!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent tutorial. Very detailed and nicely done! :)


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