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Drawing A Jack-o'-Lantern For Halloween

Updated on August 13, 2016
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Drawing a picture of a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween is a simple and easy way to create fun decorations for this festive holiday. I decided to use crayons for this pumpkin art project, which shows how little I had to spend. Usually, I do not use crayons for art projects, but doing a Google search I discovered there are quite a few talented artists who use this medium, which inspired me. After drawing and coloring a jack-o'-lantern with crayons, I must say I really have a lot of respect and awe for artists who use this medium to create major works of art. The thing I loved about drawing a pumpkin with crayons is that I already had these lying around in my art supplies, and it created a waxy texture that gave the illustration more dimension. Also, I did not have to cut up a pumpkin to make my jack-o'-lantern, and since I like to cook my pumpkins whole, I prefer to draw pictures of smiling pumpkins instead. So here is how I created a drawing of a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween. Jack-o'-Lanterns are fun to draw on handmade cards, and this is a crafty project people of all ages can get into to! So if you have not drawn a jack-o'-lantern in awhile, I highly recommend trying this simple drawing project.

My jack-o'-lantern drawing feels quite festive with Halloween in our midst.
My jack-o'-lantern drawing feels quite festive with Halloween in our midst. | Source

This photograph shows what the finished and scanned version of my Halloween jack-o'-lantern looked like, but I decided to share the process of creating this cute little guy. The plus side to drawing a jack-o'-lantern is that is far less messy than cutting up a pumpkin and scooping out the guts and seeds! Unless you are making a tasty pumpkin pie, why go to that hassle?

Draw a jack-o'-lantern on a sheet of paper.
Draw a jack-o'-lantern on a sheet of paper. | Source

The first step is to draw the jack-o'-lantern on a sheet of paper. Drawing a pumpkin is easy because it is shaped like a circle with a stem on top. There is no complaining you cannot draw when it comes to creating your own jack-o'-lantern illustration.

Start coloring in the pumpkin with a red-orange and a lighter orange colored pencils.
Start coloring in the pumpkin with a red-orange and a lighter orange colored pencils. | Source

The next step in the process of drawing my jack-o'-lantern is to begin shading him in with the darker red-orange, and the lighter orange color.

In the video above you can see I first shaded in the darker portions of my jack-o'-lantern.

Here I am almost finished coloring in the jack-o'-lantern.
Here I am almost finished coloring in the jack-o'-lantern. | Source

In the photograph above I have almost finished coloring in my pumpkin. Now I need to color in the eyes, nose, mouse, and the stem of my cute little jack-o'-lantern guy.

I have finished coloring in the stem on the pumpkin
I have finished coloring in the stem on the pumpkin | Source

During this phase of the drawing I colored in the stem of the jack-o'-lantern with green and brown crayons.

In the video above you can see how I used the black crayon to color in the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose, and mouth. I created a mouth for him with little triangles, which I thought was quite cute as I prefer a happy jack lantern over a scary one.

The completed drawing of the jack-o'-lantern.
The completed drawing of the jack-o'-lantern. | Source

The completed background on the jack-o'-lantern drawing was colored in with copper and gold. I wanted to use glitzy colors to compliment my smiling pumpkin, so silver and copper seemed like the two best crayon shades to go with.

The video above shows what the completed Halloween jack-o'-lantern drawing looks like. I am going to cut it out and paste it to the front of a handmade card, and maybe I will draw more Halloween themed items later this month. I just find I do not create a massive amount of holiday inspired artwork, so I was happy I did create this jack-o'-lantern illustration.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I like to roast pumpkins whole because I find them easier to cut open later. It is just my preference. I made this card a few years ago, but perhaps I will make a fun one like this again. Your pumpkins sound like they will be ideal for roasting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is the perfect time of year to be creating art such as this. Whoever receives your card should be pleased! So you cook your pumpkins whole. I usually slice them and roast them in the oven with olive oil and sometimes different seasonings. I have 3 pumpkins at the front entrance for seasonal decorations. Will be using them later to cook and/or bake.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think you draw a cute jack o' lantern.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      3 years ago from US

      I am not good in drawing....but you are...

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you, Om!

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Very cute! Your step-by-step instructions and photos are also really helpful. Rated up! :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Minnetonka Twin! Thanks for your comments. I need to go read some of your hubs, and see what you are up to.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information but like Billy~i wish I could draw. Great information my friend for the upcoming holiday.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, BillyBuc!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really wish I could draw....I really do....but my drawings look like a five year old did them, and then I'm embarrassed, and frustrated, and that's just not a recipe for serenity. :) Great illustrations on this hub; very nicely done!

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