The idea with relief carving is to create shadow patterns that make the objects appear more 3-D than they actually are. To be effective they have to be correctly lit – usually by unidirectional light from above and to one side. The final display situation for the carving needs to be kept in mind. Small changes in lighting will make a large difference in the final impact.
I don’t want this carving to look too finished. The texture created by the carving tools adds to the interest in the shadow effects. I also have those random burn patterns to incorporate in some way.
In this case I photographed in sunlight turning the object until I got more or less the best shadow pattern available.
The tentacles are wrapping around something but so far I’m not quite sure what.
-- David Australia