Cinema 4D Irawan Cloth Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Since release 16 (I think) Cinema 4D has had its own cloth shader in the reflectance channel, the Irawan Shader, and I have been waiting for a good time to try it out.

Well, that time has arrived and the post yesterday used that shader for both the material on the sofa and the carpet. For those interested in such things I have posted above (and on Flickr) a detail of the image which shows the effect better.

For both textures I used only the reflectance channel, using a coloured layer mask in much the same way that C4D use for their sample materials. Yes, I know there is some moiré which, if I was clever, I would have got rid of by upping the anti-aliasing but overall, I am pleased with the effect.

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper Swatch

Mid-century, at least in the United Kingdom, was not all about riot and colour and fantastic new designs, inventions and ideas – in fact, much of it was quite mundane.

But mundane does not mean uninspired or unexciting. This design is intended to show that more traditional and perhaps you would say ‘standard’ motifs and arrangements could still be interesting, varied and good-looking. This is not intended to be a modern, up-to-the-minute 1960s room; it can be perhaps thought of as the sort of room that the majority of people would have enjoyed. It is comfortable, tasteful and not lacking in charm. However, neither is it brash, colourful and intent on keeping you awake.

The wallpaper design keeps the room light and interesting while the other elements complement rather than attempt to dominate. Perhaps this room looks more modern that mid-century but this perhaps shows that tastes do not really change, they only rotate with the years.

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

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread Swatch

As the 1950s progressed, patterns began to take their place once again in the various rooms of the house which had hitherto suffered from the plainness and drabness of wartime.

One place where there was immediately space for patterns was in the bedroom and so, as well as some nice new curtains, I have added a new bedspread.

This design is in keeping with the 1950s in colour and style although the motif is my own. The background is chestnut and the householder has chosen this to go with the curtains and to provide a large area of colour to make the bed look warm since there is no heating source in the bedroom. For many people, this was a time of cold bedrooms but warm hot water bottles!

To provide some variety and to allow me to show other features of the 1950s, I wanted to create a night-time scene and so I have added a table light to allow the occupant to read at night-time before going to sleep. A book and spectacle case was already there along with the ever-present ashtray (something rarely seen in bedrooms these days).

I have not included a swatch for this image since it is not, in fact, a real pattern, it not being designed to have a repeat.

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.

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

The weather in England is cold and damp and has been for sometime but in the summer the weather can be quite hot.

As a reminder of this I thought that I would convert the Curtain and Carpet room, which I have already improved, to reflect the forthcoming hot weather. I therefore used Mediterranean style tiles that I created for the floor and used a warm colour reminiscent of the colours used in Spain for the interior walls. I replaced the background image with something that looks a little more Spanish and suddenly the room was a warm one.

I have created a new pattern for this room to go on the curtains and the cushions and this pattern, I hope, conveys warmth, sunshine and well-being. The pattern, as well as having warm colours, relies very much on shape and form to, hopefully, create the impression of warmth and homeliness. On this grey, drab winter morning as I write this I can only feel cheered looking at the image and thinking of the warmer days of summer that are yet to come.

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

Fabric 1950s Atomic

Mid-century inspired designs shown as cushion covers

Fabric 1950s Atomic As Cushion Covers

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Fabric In Eau de Nil

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Design In Light Stone

The 1950s saw a host of spectacular scientific discoveries and investigations taking shape which were laying bare the secrets of nature.

Nowhere was this more compelling than in atom research. Every day it seemed, new, startling and sometimes frightening facts began to emerge, accompanied by illustrations, of the structure of the subatomic world.

Designers were quick to see this as a rich subject for use in surface patterns and the designs began to appear as wallcoverings and fabric. This pattern is a perhaps fanciful representation of those ideas and is here used as a fabric for cushion covers in two contemporary colours, light stone and beautiful eau de nil.

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

Splendid Curtain Fabric Design

mid-century curtain fabric

mid-century curtain fabric

Splendid Curtain Fabric Design

I’ve been looking at 1950s designs recently but I had a little break just now to create a rather splendid mid-century curtain fabric.

This is intended to be a modern design although it uses mid-century type motifs and also uses contemporary colours. The circles – there are three types – zig zag up and down to give height and a way to the fabric. As can be seen, they are similar in intensity so that they confuse the eye to create an all over type of design. That, at least, is the idea.

I used two sets to showcase them and you will see that the two images show them at slightly different scales. On balance (although it is a fine line) I think I prefer the dining room scene.

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

Quirky Midcentury Claydon

People these days take mid-century decorating far too seriously with solid, formal patterns and sober, uninspiring colouring.

But, going back, mid-century was anything but sober: riotous change and a joy of living was in the air for most of the mid-century decades. There was great experimentation in form and colour and there was also a lot of borrowing from the burgeoning art movements of the time. To reflect this, I have created Claydon, a pattern full of mid-century quirkiness and fun yet just right for use in homes today.

The pattern is available in three colours which are, incidentally, authentic colours from the British Standard range of colours available in the United Kingdom at the time. Only two are shown above but the full range can be seen on our Flickr page which is here.