EDIT: Holy crap, guys. 23 faves in 13 hours? You spoil me. <3
I know I'm late uploading this; I carved this pumpkin on Halloween, and between that and NaNo, I've been pretty busy since.
The original idea was to do a monarch butterfly, because of the beautiful orange-and-black coloring you get in a lit jack-o-lantern. But when I went looking for reference photos, I discovered I liked the viceroy butterfly better. So that's what we have here: a lovely viceroy butterfly flying across the moon.
In terms of execution, I have mixed feelings. It's definitely pretty. But there are issues with size and symmetry, which would have been easily avoided with better planning. And the antennae, which I was going to carve, turned out to be too delicate, at least for my relatively inexperienced hands; I had to replace them with toothpicks. Still, all in all, not bad for a last-minute carving job.