Typically I buy quite a variety of pumpkins and squash each year, this year I decided to buy a bunch of fake pumpkins and squash. I'm still looking for a really large fake pumpkin that looks "authentic".
Why would I buy fakes instead of real ones?
I'm setting up a still life in my studio for painting, drawing, etc., and the real ones don't last into March, about the time when I'll be designing collections for next Fall.
I have a ton of photos for color and texture references (taken at a local pumpkin farm), but there's nothing as nice as working from a real 3D object.
And don't worry my designs won't look anything like these in the photos, they are just a starting point to work from.
Now to find a decent looking fake pomegranate and all will be well in the world of studio props.