Let me preface this post with another plug for a really cool computer program.
I just downloaded Indigo Renderer. It is mighty expensive, but it does come with a 30 day free trial, so I’m going to try and maximize the use of this thing.
What is Indigo Renderer you ask? Simply put, it takes computer graphics you’ve designed and makes them look as realistic as possible. And boy I tell ya, it is AMAZING. I’m in love with this thing, and if I had the money, would pay for it right now instead of squeezing everything into a 30 day period.
But I digress.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my goal was to have a sort of vintage/Western/modern/travel theme. It’s tough to describe. But I’ve known one thing for sure now, I’ve wanted my bed modeled after this:
(And since it won’t pop up, the source is dav.d photography)
So about two weeks ago I drew this:
You can immediately see the rail influence. I think it’s only natural that it would come out looking a bit like an I-Beam on the ends, but dammit, inspiration only shows beauty to the inspired (I tried to make that sound quote-worthy, but I think I failed).
Old Man John went to bed at 11 last night and subsequently woke up at 7 in the morn’, which meant a lot of time to kill until the day got started. With that extra time I decided to pop on Sketchup and design this sucker. I found that getting the exact dimensions to comfortably fit a bed and sheets were tougher than I thought, and because of that, I don’t think the bed I created would work in its current form. But hey, that’s why we have rough drafts right?
I worked on that sucker for two hours, knit-picking my way through internet tutorials and many slight changes. This is what I created in 3D form:
I didn’t make the bed, but instead used it from another image created by someone else. That’s a fancy bed they made though.
You can see the rail influences already. The frame sits about 16.5 inches above the ground, while the bed rails are 5 inches below that. The headboard is a foot above the “rails” and is shaded differently because I’m debating painting it a different color. The rails are designed to give the bed a somewhat platform look, and they stick out 6 inches from the mattress itself.
I’m going to be honest. This doesn’t look as good as I imagined it. It might not be the design I go with. I’m prone to changing ideas pretty quickly, so I might just end up going another direction. At the same time, I still think it looks pretty cool and may just need some fine tweaking for me to fall in love with it.
Finally, I took this image and uploaded it to Indigo Renderer. And this is what I got: