Carpet From The 1960s

Two mid-century style carpet texturesI know I have said this before but I began producing patterns by making textures to wrap around 3D objects that I had created for interior views of rooms. The reason being that there were, at that time and it was a few years ago, very few textures for wallpapers, soft furnishings and other areas of a mid-century room that used patterns.

I am about to start on a room from the beginning of the 1960s (which is much more familiar territory) and in preparation I am trying to create more realistic looking carpet. The image above represents my first attempts using Filter Forge and the excellent Ruggestry filter created by DreamWarrior. The colours used are sampled from carpet designs of the 1960s decade.

I have used this filter before but this time I wanted to try combining it with the effects in Photo Paint by Corel to see if I could create a more realistic material. The results are above and, although not as good as I would like, they are much better than I have used before.

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 Apartment 01

Two characters in a mid-century room stylized as a comic bookThe 1989 room is still being developed and processed and it is, as I anticipated, taking quite some time to complete although I hope to be able to bring the first image to you during the course of this week. Things always seem to happen at once and as the year draws to a close I am considering a house move and this is also eating into my time.

Whilst the various images are rendered by the machine, a process that takes most of the day, I am also looking at an alternative way of showing my 3D work. For sometime I have been happy with the photorealistic realism that I have been able to obtain and I am now looking at making my work look perhaps a little more artistic.

The image above is a mid-century image of an apartment with two characters from Daz which I produced some time back. The effect that you see is created with Filter Forge and is the way that I would like my work to look as wall art. This particular image is not available to purchase although it may be so the future.

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.

New Upholstery Fabric

I was looking for a fabric for lounge furniture yesterday and I realized that I didn’t quite have the right color so I decided to make some new textures.

The texture above is made with Filter Forge using the filter Fabric Frenzy created by DreamWarrior. Note that this is the first filter and not the equally good Fabric Frenzy II.

I must admit to being pleased with the result which created just the right sort of mid-century furnishing look that I was after. Rather than simply make one texture I did, as I usually do, create a whole range of textures in various colors and so you may see these used on other interiors that I make.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Wallpaper Made With Filter Forge

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Creating rooms in 3D is a simple enough task but making them look realistic for the period that you want is much more difficult.

At 20th Century 3D we attempt to make patterns and designs for fabric, wall coverings and paper that resemble, or take their inspiration from, British mid-century ideas or creations. One of the problems is to create realistic looking mid-century wallpaper where the wallpaper merely plays a supporting role and should not dominate the image. This is doubly difficult since most of the wallpaper designs that we create are intended to be eye-catching rather than fade into the background.

This wallpaper pattern (which you will see used on a wall shortly) is an ideal mid-century style design that is intended not to be noticeable but to be in keeping with the mid-century style of the room. It was created with Filter Forge using a filter called “If These Walls Could Talk” by Poly77. Of course, and this is one of the major benefits of using Filter Forge, it can be made in whatever colour is required.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Unusual Mid-Century Kitchen Wallpaper

One of the nice things about the mid-century was the amount of experimentation that went on to produce and refine different designs and patterns.

I am still having problems with my elbow which prevents me from drawing although it does not, thankfully, prevent me from using the computer and so, with the advent of Filter Forge 5, I have been experimenting again with the filters.

This pattern was made using the Colourful flakes filter byCTextures and was designed as wallpaper for use in the kitchen. The set used is my 1950s kitchen set and the paper is shown in both light and dark styles to show the difference between the two.

During the mid-century period in the UK there were a lot of more unusual styles that appeared and I feel that this, together with its mid-century colouring, would have fitted in well. It is a busy paper with plenty going on which I think looks well in a kitchen designed very much for work.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.