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#1 posted 05-17-2011 01:54 AM

I think the biggest problem is the big color/value separation of the two woods you used. If you use similar ones, with just a slight difference in lightness, I would guess that the result looks more like a soft shadow and by avoiding the harsh contrast the “form” is more close to the roundness of a shaded rope, rather than a clear line (which in painting/shading always means there is a hard edge).

In the first case it looks like a rope because you can still read the silhouette easily, due to the separation being in the middle. The contrast is still too harsh to suggest a soft form, but it would look like that if you had a really bright light setup on a rope with strong shadows at least.

The second piece doesn’t give the feeling of a rope at all, because in addition to the rope’s single pieces not being “shaded” properly (apart from the hard contrast, I think the dark parts would need to be different) the overall silhoutte of the rope is hard to read because of how the light/dark part goes all the way to the opposing edge and vice versa.

Sorry if my explanation isn’t easy to understand or makes no sense, but it’s a bit hard without drawing it. If you want me to draw/paint up a few things just tell me and I’ll connect my graphics tablet when I got some time and see if I can come up with something to help more than my reply.

As for easy ways to cut it, I probably can’t help much, since I don’t even own a router, which might be the best option for this. I’ll think it through though and come back in case I found something.

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