|Basic Pumpkin shape|
Now for the creases. Draw a single crease to one side so that it mimics the side of the pumpkin.
|Try slightly uneven spacing to make it look more natural|
Before we get too far, we will create some layers to separate the different elements (OK... you probably don't need to do layers, but I am a lover of layers; it makes things easier if you want to create different layer blends in the future).
For my layers I am going to create a Base Pumpkin Layer and a Creases Layer.
We will get the base pumpkin color. Pick something orange. Do a gradient... have the lighter gradient where you want your artificial light to be (in my case top left) and darker where you want the shadows to be.
|Color is important but gradient is not too important. We will be adding more highlights and shadows later|
|Highlight on top, then shadow, highlight, shadow|
Right now it looks pretty goofy. That is fine. We will play with the opacities and blurs until it looks right.
OK. It is looking better. Not awesome yet, but good enough for now (we will change it later if it needs to be tweaked). Let's get to work on the creases.
Get the first crease and copy it twice. With the two copies, combine the two paths (CTRL + K) then join the nodes together at the ends.
|Two crease shapes|
Once you have combined the paths and joined the nodes, you should have a shape. Copy the shape. One of the shapes will be the shadow, the other will be the highlight. Combine the shapes and tweak the nodes so they line up on the nodes but don't overlap the shadows and highlights. Look at the finished product below.
Now we want to give the pumpkin some texture. Remember some of those base pumpkin shapes that we copied at the beginning then set aside? Let us grab one of those now to use for our texture.
I created a new layer and called it the "Texture" layer. I but it right above the base pumpkin layer. We will put our texture on this layer. Make your shape a nice dark orange color (no stroke) then apply the rough paper texture (Filters>Texture>Rough Paper).
Open the filter editor (Filters>Filter Editor) and for the rough paper filter, take the scale all the way down for the displacement map. Turn up the turbulence just a bit more.
Put the layer mode on "Screen" then turn the opacity down somewhere from 10-30%
Good enough for now. Starting to look like a pumpkin. Let's do the stem!
Create a new stem layer.
Do a stem shape and give it a gradient. I did mine a dark green/grey color on top and tan near the bottom.
Once you have the stem in place, give some highlights and shadows to make it more realistic. You may want to also give it some texture like you did with the pumpkin.
That is basically it! I am not totally satisfied with the look though so I think I will do some embellishments. I think I will start by doing some shadows underneath the pumpkin. Yep; going to do a new layer for that!
I think I will add a few more highlights to get it looking a bit better.....