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A pumpkin is a type of winter squash. It has edible seeds that are often roasted and flesh that can be used to make pies, soups, smoothies, and other treats. In some cuisines, its leaves and flowers are also used. The hard outer shell of the pumpkin can be carved to create a jack o' lantern.
Pumpkins are a symbol of the autumn season, because the plant is suited to cooler temperatures and the fruit ripens in the fall. "Pumpkin spice" is a much-adored seasonal flavor used in coffees, pastries, soaps, and more. Many children visit pumpkin patches in the autumn to pick out their very own pumpkin to take home.
Pumpkins, native to Mexico and the United States, have a long history. They are considered to be one of the oldest plants domesticated for farming. The word "pumpkin" may come from an ancient Greek word meaning "melon" or a Native American term describing its shape, literally translated "grows forth round."
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Did you know? Some varieties of pumpkin regularly weigh in at 75 pounds (34 kilograms) or more. The largest on record was a behemoth 2,000 pound (907 kilogram) fruit!
Pumpkins often find their way into fiction and popular culture. Many of these stories revolve around Halloween, such as It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It also features in other stories, such as Cinderella, in which a pumpkin was magically turned into a horse-drawn carriage for the title character to ride to the ball.
Ring in fall by drawing your own cartoon pumpkin! This easy cartoon plant drawing tutorial is designed in a step-by-step format. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and something to color with.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pumpkin
1. Start by drawing a long, irregular oval. This forms the first rib or section of the pumpkin.
2. Draw a curved line on each side of the irregular shape, connected to it at the top and bottom. These form additional ribs of the pumpkin.
3. Draw a narrow diagonal oval hovering a distance above the pumpkin. This will form the cut end of the pumpkin’s stem.
4. Draw two curved lines to connect the tip of the stem to the top of the fruit.
5. Draw two parallel, spiral-shaped curved lines, and allow them to meet at a sharp point. Notice how the lines cross over themselves, giving the picture depth. This outlines the curled tendril of the pumpkin vine.
6. Draw a long, curved line extending from each side of the stem. The lines should intersect the fruit near its bottom. These lines enclose two more ribs of the pumpkin.
7. Draw short curved lines between the previous ribs and the stem. These outline the final ribs of the pumpkin.
8. Texture your pumpkin. Draw thick curved lines and “V” shaped lines along the pumpkin’s stem to give it a woody texture. Then, draw small “C” shaped lines and dots. These are warty protrusions on the pumpkin’s skin.
9. Color your cartoon pumpkin. Many pumpkins are orange, like the one in our illustration. Some varieties are white, cream, yellow, green, brown, or combinations of these colors.
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