I thought I would do something new here. Step by step, my thoughts and decisions. This seems like a fairly simple model to start with.
The messy pumpkin innards are eventually going to be a highlight of yellow. So I am starting out with the closest color I believe I have to the inside of a pumpkin with Saffron Sunset.
This color surprised me at how well it worked for a pumpkin color, Highlight orange.
Here I had a choice. More orange on top of orange or a brown for the shade. I went with the Sepia wash, because I need shadows and it just seemed right that the pumpkins should be a little dirty looking. Going full dark brown shade I believe would have been too overpowering.
Went with driftwood brown for the handle only because I hardly ever use it. Most browns would have worked just fine. Those of you with good eyes probably noticed that I finally got that one little pumpkin painted.
The darker brown Earthshade wash for the handle
I may misspoken when I said this appeared to be a fairly simple model. Those vines took me 4 hours to complete the pine green base color. I don't normally time myself, but I did four, one hour sessions.
I was moving as fast as I could, but also had to be careful with the pumpkins. In addition there were a lot of crevasses to smush the brush into which didn't help and just so many vines twisting and turning. Part of the 4 hours was going back and doing orange touch ups.
A careful dark green wash for the vine shadows.
I could have probably started a little lighter that this combination, but it was a good start to highlighting the vines.
And stopping here with the yellow/green mix.
Went with the sepia liner for lining the more shadowy areas. Brown would have been fine too, but I don't think I ever used the sepia liner and wanted to see what it looked like.
Highlight orange and marigold yellow for the pumpkin shell highlights.
Golden brown and white highlights for the mossy fungus like stuff on the pumpkins.
Saffron Sunset and what I think is sun yellow for the innards.
A gradual mix of all this for the scythe
6 colors mixed for the scythe. My palette of fun. The streaks are me taking off excess paint.