The current state is our basic pumpkin. It could do with a bit more shading in the centre to bring out the grooves but we are going to place the cut-out design there. A lot of the detail it would be covered. The same goes for elements giving it more pattern, unevenness, and colour variation. As we don’t know yet, how much of it would be visible in the end, those parts are going to be added at the end.
Continue with the Carving
Personally, I like to work with layers. They help me organize larger illustrations. Naming the layers makes it easy to turn parts of the design on and off. I even go as far as naming important groups in my designs to find them faster. This stage of the pumpkin was kept in its own layer and locked. A new layer for the carvings was created on top. I also saved a version of this as a separate file to fall back on.