I'm having a bunch of trouble though -- it seems like everything I try, I hit a snag, so maybe someone would be so kind as to give me an overview of what I might do to reproduce this:
I have a loft to make the opening arches, but I couldn't figure out how to texture it so that the lines went along the length of it, instead of staying horizontal throughout the curve.
I have an idea of how to do the grass sides, which you can see in the test max file I've linked below, but it's not convincing: I can't seem to get the right amount of contrast in the blades, and I can't see to achieve that relatively hard shadow that nicely separates the layers.
I would really apprieciate some help with this!
Here's the max file: