PLEASE RESIST HOLDING YOURSELF TO THOSE STANDARDS!
What contemporary pumpkins need now is more personality and less virtuoso technique.
Below are some of my favorites from over the years.
George, the Nice Boy, by Ellie Wild-Works 2011.
The Barfing Pumpkin, by Sophie Wild-Works 2011
Thor, by Tucker Beasley, 2013
Pumpkin with Asymmetrical Ears, by Miranda Beasley, 2013
Pumpkin carving tools can be purchased at most drugstores. They are now including books of patterns to trace with the tools. Caution! Destroy these patterns before they can do more harm.