Gift project: 3DS XL (2015) decal for Christmas 2015
My boyfriend's youngest brother is real into his pet leopard gecko, Leonard, so I thought I'd make him a custom 3DS design of the cute little guy.
First, I painted a watercolor doodle that showed off how chill the two of them were. The youngest brother actually wears Leonard around the house - on his face, in his breast pocket, down his shirt - the little guy is just so happy to be where the youngest brother is. This piece is the piece I wanted to use as the main illustration for the decal.
Lately, I'd been doing some research on repeating patterns, and I've been itching to make one. So I took a piece of paper and sketched out some lizards (libards, as the youngest brother jokingly calls them), and then inked those out with micron pens. I scanned it at this stage, just to be sure, and then measured a bunch and cut the paper I was working on in halves and then halves again, precisely taping the once-were-edges together on the back of the sheet. I repeated the gecko drawing process, filling in the new white space with geckos, until there was nothing but geckos. This piece was then scanned in, and digitally cleaned up, and turned into a repeating pattern via Adobe Photoshop.
Once the lizard pattern was in place, I played around with the colors to get a nice compliment to the illustration I was using. I knew I wanted green as the primary color, but I had to choose the right kind of green, as the younger brother's 3DS was a metallic red.I was afraid of the pattern being too bold and detailed, so I ended up being surprised at how well turning the linework of the pattern gold. The end result looks oriental-looking, and you almost don't even notice the geckos in the pattern unless you look closer.
I had the designs printed through DecalGirl, so all the elements were set up digitally into the 3DS XL (2015) template they provided to me. Once the designs were sent out, the decals came back in time for Christmas, and were super easy to apply onto the 3DS's case. Supposedly, they're easy to take off, as well, but for now the younger brother doesn't ever want to take it off.