Every year for Halloween I carve at least one, and sometimes several, melon brains for various events. You can find lots of examples of melon brains online, but I didn't ever see much in the way of a full tutorial. Besides, most of the brains that I saw only kin of sort of looked like a brain. I have gotten pretty good at the process in the last few years, so here is all that I know about carving a watermelon into an accurate representation of a human brain. This year, PJ also got into the Halloween melon carving spirit, so I will also share his finished Watermelon witch creation. Sorry, he made it so quickly I didn't see his step by step process... Maybe next year! (UPDATE: I have now made a video tutorial of the watermelon witch. To see the video click here)
As I tell my art students, to recreate something you really need to have the actual image in front of you. Do not work from your memory of what an object looks like! So the first step in my melon brain is to look at a real brain the entire time I am carving. Here is a real brain: Enjoy!
Also, something that I discuss with my art students.... your brain has 2 halves (and one is better at art!) So the next step, after using a potato peeler to take off all the green skin and a lot of the white rind, is to cut a V shaped groove separating the brain into two halves. Cut down until you get into the red pulp.
Next you need to refine your separation to look like the two lobes of the brain. Again, an image would be helpful, so here is another real brain!
This year PJ added his watermelon expertise to the party as well. PJ has carved a watermelon Mad Hatter Hat, and a watermelon shark for Lydia's birthday parties. He carved a watermelon pirate ship for our wedding. This time, I requested a witch. I thought the green melon turned vertically would be perfect with a witch hat on top. I also requested a large round mouth, so PJ pulled out the power tools with the big circle cutter.
My idea wasn't just a melon witch, but a fruit salad vomiting melon witch!