Audio So Far

records and vhs so farYes, I know, it’s Sunday and I shouldn’t be working but I am. I have just finished the record and VHS section of the left hand area of the 1989 room and here is a sneak peek of the work done so far.

This decade was a great time for music as vinyl began to fade out in favour of smaller and more compact media and movies (films in the UK) began to appear on VHS. This is a very different decade to the mid-century ones that I have specialized in before but it is very exciting to be researching and creating some new and very different stuff.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Veisin

Two magazines on a a tableThis is the last element, I think, at the needs to be created for the 1989 room and consists of two magazines which will sit in the room and be available for the homeowner to read. All houses should have a selection of magazines to read, my own house being no exception.

Although the 1989 room is set in England, I find it difficult to create elements that use real, understandable and grammatical language since this adds an extra level to the creative process. As most people know, it is far easier to use nonsense text and in this particular case I have a quantity of Finnish style text which I am able to use.

The magazines are made in Cinema 4D and the artwork was produced with Affinity Designer. Now that all the elements are in place I can continue with the final setting of the 1989 living room.

The images used in the magazines were created with Daz Studio and processed with Affinity Photo. The left-hand image is the new Genesis 8 while the right-hand figure is created using Genesis 2 with the Edwardian wardrobe which is also available from Daz.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Three VHS Films

Three VHS videos ready to watch in 1989Continuing the 1980s theme, here are three VHS videos ready to put in the player in order to watch tonight. The VHS, or Video Home System, was developed in Japan in the 1970s and appeared during the 1980s in the United Kingdom. It was a very popular way of purchasing and watching films, requiring just a suitable video player and, when you see the 1989 house, you will see that one is provided.

The view above is of the three films – yes, three, for Modance the house owner has purchased two copies, perhaps it was a film that he and his wife both wanted to see and each purchased a copy on the same day! However the three videos are shown arranged on a table ready for use.

The 3D scene was created in Cinema 4D, the images for the videos being made with Affinity Designer. The images used on the covers were made using Daz Studio and are created using Genesis 2 figures, the final render made using Iray.

I have uploaded to Flickr a copy of the actual images used for each video showing both the front back and sides. Note that only Modance has an image front and back since Paivaa and Maailman Vahincoa are only shown with their upper surfaces visible and they will be used in the same way in the final image of the 1989 living room.

Creating the images and the artwork for these simple objects required some research and was both interesting and took me back to the days many years ago when I sat in a classroom and created similar DTP artwork using a program called ClarisWorks on the Mac. Something which I remember with fondness but which seems, and perhaps now was, a whole world away from today.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

The Night Guard

Books created from a 3D program on a tableThe 1980s room is becoming a very interesting project for which I am having to research and create a variety of room elements for the 3D image, as well as learning something about the 1980s in the United Kingdom.

Previously, to create 3D rooms, I used a book generation program or, alternatively, I would create books with a simple, generic, coloured cover. I decided, in an effort to make my work both more realistic and more meaningful, to create written media, that is covers for books, music, albums and what were then called films. The nice part about this is that I am, for the first time in many years, using more 2D techniques rather than three dimensional forms which I have used over the past five years.

The first book, is the Night Guard and you can see it in the illustration above. It is intended to be seen from the distance shown or further away and it is supposed to look like a conventional book when seen with a selection perhaps of other books, rather than being a particular model in its own right. The title and indeed the human character, were taken from the excellent and useful Daz character of the same name which is obtainable for Daz Studio.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Curtains For The 1989 House

Design in light yellow of medium size motifs for use as curtaining in the 1989 living room3D model of curtains in a hotel or function roomWe have the wallpaper, now this is the design for the curtains for the 1989 living room. There has always been, at least in mid-century times, a possibility of using the same fabric for various soft furnishings about the house so this curtain material could appear as cushions, or even as loose covers for a sofa or easy chair. I have not yet completed the design for the furniture although it may well be that I will use this pattern as the fabric for a cushion.

The design is a simple one and uses a motif that is a stylised version of a motif that goes back beyond Victorian times to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. If you look at designs that are used for fabric patterns, you will find that there are many motifs that owe their existence to the patterns created many, many centuries ago.

The colours are simple colours, the type of hues that would have been available to a designer at that time. The 1980s and 90s was on the cusp of the transition between ‘decorated’ interiors and the type of interior that we see today, which show much less decoration and more solid colours.

For that reason the pattern, as with the wallcovering, is created simply and easily without too much contrast in the colours or in the pattern. I have to admit to a liking for simple and easy design as much as I do the riotous and devil-may-care designs of the 1960s.

You, in fact, don’t see that much of the curtains in the room and so, to show the design better, I have used the curtains in this rather old set which was designed to resemble a large hotel or function room.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Wallpaper For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Biscuit Tin Pattern

box04 testSomething a little different, at least for this blog, is this pattern which was designed especially to cover a 3D biscuit tin that I was making for an apartment scene.

The design is mid-century in its inspiration as are, to a great extent, the colours and the intention was to try to create the look of circular biscuit tins which were popular at that time. It is not apparent from the picture but the tin is 10 cm high, approximately, and about 5 cm in girth.

The actual motif for the pattern, once again, is mid-century in its inspiration and I took the leaves and part of the design to decorate the top of the tin. For anyone who is interested, the tins were made in Cinema 4D and the decoration applied with Bodypaint.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.