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.

Wall Art Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80 Image

One thing I have always wanted to do is to turn my mid-century designed patterns into some form of wall art destined to grace the living room of either a mid-century inspired room or a modern room.

I have done several of these before but not, it seems, very recently and so I decided to create a pattern that is just for a picture. This design is sort of mid-century and it certainly uses mid-century colours as you will see below. In essence, it is a repeated pattern that is surrounded by background which I always think makes the pattern stand out better than it does, say, then used as a wall covering.

I have the advantage of a slight skill in using 3D and so I can also show you how the image would look as a framed art print on a wall using one of my simple sets. I think this is a great way to show off patterns and, as far as I can tell, I seem to be the only one who uses this technique!

As promised I have looked back to find the colours used and the background is magnolia (yes, I expect you knew that!). The motif colours are used in pairs and they are: eddystone and brass, midnight blue and castle grey, bottle green and lovely nightshade and finally Post Office red and middle brown.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

1950s Style Print

Mid-century 1950s framed art print

1950s Style Print

No room is complete without some form of art whether it consists of original canvases or perhaps a few simple framed art prints.

I have to be honest, this is one problem I have with so many modern interiors. I like the lines, the flow from one room to another, the simple, minimalistic design but I believe that you need to have some decorative relief to convert the space from a mere architectural area into a room that has beauty and personality.

In order to buy the sort of pictures you like you need, in quite large quantities, both money and time which is why prints provide a timely and inexpensive way to decorate a room. This image is a simple, decorative 1950s framed image which will soon be available as a print to purchase. Of course, I would never suggest that you have just one image which is why this will from part of set of pictures in due course. However, even as a singleton, it has a charm and elegance to make it a desirable addition to any room.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

“In conversation”

A Daz Iray render

Yes, I know it’s taken some time, but I have been involved with other 3D work which has taken more time than I thought. However, at last, my first Daz Iray render is finished.

The scene is, as I have posted before, the apartment building that I made some time back in Cinema 4D. The model was transferred to Daz Studio as a Wavefront Object file and textured in Daz studio using Iray textures created for the most part by me. I then added some furniture created in Cinema 4D and textured this the same way. One or two of the smaller extras are, in fact, Daz models since I did not have suitable models that I had made and which were already transferred as object files. (This is something I hope to render shortly.)

Once that was complete I used a HDRI file that I obtained free from the Internet as a background, getting the Iray render to draw the dome. One problem I encountered is that it does not appear possible to easily see what portion of the image will appear through the window and so some frustrating trial and error took place before I was able to find a suitable part of the picture.

I then took two Genesis 2 models from Daz and put them in conversation before saving them in Daz format. It was easy then to merge this file and then position the girls in front of the window in a natural pose.

The lighting is simple emission lighting for the room, the HDRI for outside and a spotlight, suitably positioned, for the sun.

Overall I suppose I must have spent a week playing with various renders, lighting and texturing setups before I settled on this final image and now I have to say that I am pleased with the result. In an ideal world I would have added some dirt to both the room and the furnishings rather than resort to Photoshop.

Is this the way to use representations of people in 3D work? I believe that it is, I think the standard of finish for Iray is very acceptable and using Daz Studio means that it is not necessary to fiddle with the facial textures of the models in order to make them look good. Will I try this again? Certainly, I have learned a lot and gained some valuable experience in both exporting models to Daz Studio and in producing an acceptable scene. Looking back, it was both frustrating and exciting but it is definitely a project that I will look at again in the near future.

For access to a full size image my Flickr page is here.


Cheap and cheerful but very midcentury

Cheap and cheerful but very midcentury

This is a mid-century wall covering that, to be honest, is best described as being perhaps colourful yet cheap and cheerful.

Such wall coverings were the mainstay of the industry and provided a lot of people with a wallpaper that fulfilled their needs by being the right colour for their room as well as being affordable, to use a modern expression, and yet was also modern in it’s appearance. Shown here as a bedroom wallpaper it is certainly not eye-catching yet it does give the room a colourful and warm glow and it looks bright and, well, yes, cheerful. If this had been produced in the 1960s, it would probably have been a successful design because it fulfils that necessary and important domestic role.


A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

As promised, here is a development of the same pattern in the same room but this time even more 1960’s orientated.

The pattern has been expanded and there is a fresh colour on the adjoining wall to create a warm room that looks just that little bit more vibrant.

Patterns from the period would have you believe that even more extravagant designs proliferated but this may not in reality be the case. Many of those patterns were made as demonstration or show pieces and the vast majority of people went for middle-of-the-road designs such as this one.

Now that it is complete and finished, I have to say that I like the look of this room and feel that it is a room that I could happily live in if I could go back to the 1960s (which I can’t).


A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

I have to be honest and say that this pattern has been, and still very much is, a personal favourite of mine and so I make no excuses for showing you two versions of it.

It is a pattern design that appeared in the 1960’s and owes much to the thinking and design ethos of that period. This version is the more subdued (and warmer) version of the surface pattern and is shown in my 1960’s living room set. Here it looks quite tame and could almost (apart from the furnishings in the room) be from a modern set. To show how versatile it is, I will show a very different version next.