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11-29-2013, 07:46 PM
Did this today as practice for painting textures. Think the rope is convincing but the plywood background almost looks like brown clouds to me. Any advise on wood texture? Do I need more dark detail? By the way, 7x9" on Canson cp 140.

Any help, thanks.


11-29-2013, 09:48 PM
You've definitely captured the look of the rope texture. The color seems a bit too light, perhaps another pale wash of tan over it would help.

The wood is a bit too bright unless you are showing a painted surface. Check out this wonderful Learning Demo (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135050) by David BR showing his technique for painting Wood and Metal.


11-30-2013, 04:22 AM
Love the way you painted the rope. I agree with Sylvia on adding a tan wash to the background to tone it down a bit. One other thing to think about for future paintings. Try not to have the main interest in the center of the paper - unless it's intentional. Mentally crop this one to a square with the knot off-center - it adds tension, a good thing in a painting.

11-30-2013, 02:06 PM
Thank you Sylvia, I checked out the demo by David. Unbelievable, definitely will try out his technique.
Yes, pjartwc, centering the knot was intentional as in instructional rather than art. About how to tie them.

11-30-2013, 04:46 PM
Plywood has loud grain, very visible. You have no grain. but I did think it rather looked like cardboard.


The rope that is on the top of the knot, highest/closest to the viewer have an overlap pattern different from the rest. is that what you saw? or did you think it that way? I find knotwork / braids instinctively hard to faithfully reproduce.

was the rope this weave:


or this weave?


It seems you combined them magically in the center.

If you take a phot and enlarge it in order to do the initial draft, it will allow you do a better job. I find drawing something this surprisingly complex in graphic or vine charcoal two or three times first allows me to work out the kinks before committing it to a medium less forgiving.

the shadows are spot-on, but if a little deeper the rope will pop out.

instead of such a four-asquare composition, consider having one or more of the ropes wiggle away to a side instead of running right at it.

or add a barnacle, parrot and a monkey in a sailor suit (just kidding...I am not that crazy,,,,but,,,,):lol:

thanks for sharing with us, hope this helps