Procedural Carpet

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Procedural Carpet

I’ve been making carpets over the weekend, intending to try to create a simple carpet that I can easily recolour and to an extend re-pattern to suit whatever room I am using.

Like most people in 3D, I create carpets by using an image that is a pattern and this is a relatively quick and easy way to do it. However, it not then possible to easily change the style or the colour without creating a new image, all of which takes time and means that I end up with vast libraries of the same pattern but in different hues.

This pattern, however, is created using the mathematics of the 3D program (Cinema 3D) and can be recoloured easily and, to an extent, re-patterned. The result, as you can see, is a reasonable carpet texture although the scope to use different patterns is more limited that I had thought.

This exercise was sparked, in part, by a decision to look at some new texture creation software, Substance Designer. This program creates a vast variety of procedural textures using plug-in nodes. It’s a good system but there is a learning curve cost and most of the textures I have seen are more suited to games rather to retro architecture.   And so, after some thought, I think I have decided to stick to image textures and simply accept that I will have to enlarge my library!

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment Swatch

The small apartment that I created is really interesting to decorate and for this renovation I have chosen a bright mid-century red for the background on which I have used fairly simple stylised flowers.

Obviously in a room this small it would be unwise to use the wallpaper on all the walls although, as you can see, a good proportion of one wall is taken up with window and, being on the top floor, this gives an excellent view which serves as wall decoration.

As I continued to produce this image I imagined what it would be like to live in this apartment and, to be honest I thought that it seemed quite bright and inviting.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

New Apartment

mid-century inspired surface pattern

Claydon red wallpaper

mid-century inspired surface pattern

New Apartment

I did say that I was going to create some new sets to showcase my range of home furnishings and wallpaper and so here is another luxury apartment penthouse.

The design is based on most modern apartments that you can see if any large city and, to be quite honest, there is nothing special or innovative about it. The harbour over which it is set, I feel, creates just the right atmosphere and I have done my best to make the lighting reflect this.

In this first image I have used a feature wallpaper Claydon red which I think sets off the apartment really well and helps to show the dimensions. The other image is a more generally image showing the layout that I have used and giving a view as if you were sitting down opposite the main sofa.

The useful and quirky Claydon range of wallpapers are available in gold, green and red from Spoonflower at the link shown here.

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

A New Set

midcentury inspired pattern

A New Set

This wallpaper is called Framlingham Buttermilk and it is currently on sale in my Spoonflower store having been created as a fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper.

However, the point of this post is to show you the work being done to create a new set. Yes, I know, I have been using the same sets for some time now and one thing I wanted to do was to create some new and perhaps more modern sets to show off the patterns that I make.

This is a typical apartment style set although it could equally be a room in a house. I have tried to curb my enthusiasm for 3D detail and create just a simple room with simple furnishings that just allow me to show – from this camera angle – the walls. A second camera, which you will see soon, shows more of the curtains to show off fabric designs.

OK, so a simple room, nothing fancy, made with Cinema 4D and a sofa and swivel chair along with a nice lamp for interest, all designed, like all my sets, to render quickly in around 4 minutes. Yes, it needs tweaking but I can’t do that until I have begun to post, or at least produce, some workable images to you will hopefully see it get better over the next month or so.

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