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Design your Smartphone Case

Chris V, Artist, Designer, Maker

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8 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Design your Smartphone Case

      1:02
    • 2. Tools & Materials

      1:03
    • 3. Making Your Template

      0:31
    • 4. Design with a Sketch

      3:04
    • 5. Design with Quotes

      1:51
    • 6. Design with Pastels

      1:01
    • 7. Cutting & Fitting Tips

      2:23
    • 8. Project Details & Conclusion

      0:43

About This Class

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Most of us have a smartphone we take with us everywhere.  If you're like me you stay pretty busy on your device checking your social networks, writing emails, engaging various apps, etc.  That means your smartphone needs a case to keep it protected from wear and tear, and the dreaded "dropage" that occasionally occurs.  The problem for me was, that I was purchasing so many cases, it turned into a bonified collection...  I had to dedicate a special area just to store them.  At what point is it just too much???

So I drew the line and had an epiphany.  I could create my own smartphone artwork and place it in any clear case that I have on hand.  Now, with a clear case, I can produce endless numbers of designs that I can store easily in a file folder or with a paper clip!  

In this class, I'm going to show you my super easy process to make your own smartphone case artwork.  It's simple, it's fun and inexpensive.  If you already have a clear case, it's free!  If not, clear cases are easily accessible and reasonably priced.  The best part is that the art can be done with items you have at home right now!!!  If you like the process, you can take it to the next level and purchase other supplies to make more designs in the future.  I hope you'll join me in my studio as I take you step by step.  See you there!  : )

Transcripts

1. Design your Smartphone Case: If you're like me, your smartphone goes with you everywhere. Can you buy cases to protect it? I love changing my cases, to suit my mood and occasion or to match an outfit. But how many cases am I supposed to buy? At some point, it can become a bit ridiculous. That's when I got the idea. Why don't I make my own cases? Hi, I'm Chris, and you may know me for my rough sketches class in this class. I'm going to show you my super easy process for making and using your own original smartphone case artwork using any clear case that fits your phone. All share three different design ideas, including one with a sketch, one with quotes and one with castles. I'll take you step by step and share my tips with you on how to cut your design to get the perfect fit for your particular smartphone case. Anyone is eligible to take this class, so I hope you'll join me in my studio to make your own customized cell phone case, and the first step is you guessed it. Click the enroll button. See in the next video 2. Tools & Materials: I'm gonna go over all the tools and materials you're gonna need for this project. First, you're going to need a clear smartphone case of some type and there's lots of different kinds out there. Then you're going to need some paper. I chose plain white, so I'd have a lot of options for design. You're going to need a pencil and a pair of scissors. Everything after that is all up to you on how you want your designed to look. I'm gonna go for the options I used for my designs. The 1st 1 was using colored pencils. Super simple. The 2nd 1 is also very simple using a Sharpie, but you're welcome to use any sort of marker, any color you'd like. The 3rd 1 was using pastels, and a great alternative to this is crayons. I also keep a ballpoint pen handy for Anqing things and quickly and easily. You can also use fixative or gloss to keep your design from smearing. The next video. We'll get started on her first design. Let's get going 3. Making Your Template : The first thing we're gonna need to do is trace the outside of the smartphone case with your pencil leaning inward so you don't make it too large just all the way around. Then we're going to need to trace the camera hole with your pencil also leaning in so you don't make the holte small. Now we're ready to start designing. 4. Design with a Sketch : The first design we're gonna do is very basic sketch, and I've chosen a theme of the Flamingo and you're welcome to trace or have a photo of a flamingo next to you. But I have a pretty good idea of what might want my flamingo toe look like. So I'm just diving in with a really clean basic sketch, and now I'm going to start coloring my design. And I don't have a colored pencil that is a flamingo color, so I am going to be mixing colors. Typically, colored pencil is not something you mixed colors with, but this is art, so you can make your own rules. I'm starting with a peach at the bottom, and then I'm going to go over this peach with a brighter orange color, so that gets a little more vibrant. Look, but not too crazy bright. Then I'm going over the the orange with a pink to just finally give it that more of a flamingo. Look, just carefully go around all of your edges. This is one accuracy counts because this is the final design. I am literally going to ink over all of the edges of this flamingo with a ordinary ballpoint pen. Super simple, just filled in the eye. And I'm just going to keep on going until all of my elements are inked over. Does the legs think 10? A little more definition to the body. Give my flamingo a little smile and fill in the beak a little more of a smile. That's it. Now this design would be just fine just the way it is. But I want my flamingo to pop, and I just love color. So I'm just going to add a background that's a little bit darker. So the flamingo has more definition. Typically, you do this first, but I have decided at the last minute to do this. So again, this is art, and you could do it however you like. And I am just going to just lightly go over the background with this navy blue and then over that against again mixing colors with a dark green sort of giving the effect that the flamingo is has a backdrop of foliage. And now I'm just going over making sure my colors are as even as I can get them, and we're ready to move on to the next design 5. Design with Quotes: the next design is with quotes, and I could get a ruler and really measure this all out, which you're welcome to do. But I want Mike writing to be a little more whimsical and random and spontaneous. So I'm just going to take the pencil and start writing, um, at the center of the case on the page. And I just made this quote up for funds so we can just use it as an example, and I like the weight centred on the page. So we're going to go with that with your sharp, your your marker. Just outline your pencil lines as carefully as you can. He messed up. You can always start on another page, so no pressure. And now I'm going to just start making some random little dots all over the place. Just little tiny ones, kind of fun and whimsical, just adding a little quirkiness to this design and little personality. Maybe a few more at the top to make a little more even. I have decided, after looking at the lettering that I need to make the first word a little heavier to match a little bit better with the ones on the bottom. Give it a little more of a highlight in the design and you'll notice this one is already cut and ready to go into the case. But I'll be showing you how to do that in a later video, so onto the next design. 6. Design with Pastels: Now it's time to cut our case and go over some tips for custom fitting. But first, you're gonna want to cut your design away from the main page that you have some space and very slowly, methodically cut around the lines that we drew originally just very slowly. This is where it counts. So just be super careful around corners. Make sure that you don't cut it too small. Two biggest. Okay, but too small is gonna get tricky when you're all done. We're going to go ahead and target the corner with e camera hole and give it a small clip right at the very corner that will allow us some room to cut around the camera hole. Just be very slowing. Careful with this particular area because it's small and easy to make a mistake. Here, go really slow. See? Don't cut the clip up at the top. There. Now we're gonna take each corner separately and we are going Teoh, Just give it a little snip and then two more on either side. Be very careful here Tuesday. You don't cut this paper out, that you're just making three clips in the corner. So no matter what type of cell phone you have, what shape it is that should allow the corners to fit easily and snugly. Now, you just want to center your design in your case and take your thumb and slide your corners in on all four. Besides, then you're gonna want to go along the sides with your thumb and create kind of a groove to help it hold along the side as well. If you have a rubber guard, just go ahead and put that in now. And voila, we are done with our pastel case are quotes case with the black accent and our Flamingo case. Stay tuned for the details of your project in the next video. 7. Cutting & Fitting Tips: Now it's time to cut our case and go over some tips for custom fitting. But first, you're gonna want to cut your design away from the main page that you have some space and very slowly, methodically cut around the lines that we drew originally just very slowly. This is where it counts. So just be super careful around corners. Make sure that you don't cut it too small. Two biggest. Okay, but too small is gonna get tricky when you're all done. We're going to go ahead and target the corner with e camera hole and give it a small clip right at the very corner that will allow us some room to cut around the camera hole. Just be very slowing. Careful with this particular area because it's small and easy to make a mistake. Here, go really slow. See? Don't cut the clip up at the top. There. Now we're gonna take each corner separately and we are going Teoh, Just give it a little snip and then two more on either side. Be very careful here Tuesday. You don't cut this paper out, that you're just making three clips in the corner. So no matter what type of cell phone you have, what shape it is that should allow the corners to fit easily and snugly. Now, you just want to center your design in your case and take your thumb and slide your corners in on all four. Besides, then you're gonna want to go along the sides with your thumb and create kind of a groove to help it hold along the side as well. If you have a rubber guard, just go ahead and put that in now. And voila, we are done with our pastel case are quotes case with the black accent and our Flamingo case. Stay tuned for the details of your project in the next video. 8. Project Details & Conclusion: thanks so much for spending some time with me in my studio. I hope you enjoyed the process, and I really hope you're inspired. Your project will be to make your own custom smartphone case design. You confined project details in the project section of the class under the videos. If you are able to make one post an image of your finished product or, if possible, poster entire step by step in the project gallery to share with other students. Otherwise, you can share description or a quick sketch of your idea as your project. No problem. Please ask any questions you might have in the community section, and I'll be more than happy to help. I can't wait to see what you come up with until next time.