How to draw graffiti for beginners
In this post, I’ll show you how I draw the graffiti in the image below, but you can also skip to a step-by-step tutorial or use our graffiti generator for a quick start.
1. Quick start: How to draw a graffiti for beginners step-by-step
Begin with basic letters/tags and add blocks around the lines of the letter; then, on a chalkboard or graph paper, trace the outline of the sketch with an eraser or pencil.
2. Basis: a graffiti tag
A graffiti tag is the foundation of a graffiti piece’s design; you can add drips, arrows, or large serifs to make it look more complex, and you should probably use a cutting mat like this one if you use markers.
3. How to draw graffiti: your first graffiti sketch in 7 steps
Graffiti pieces are extremely complex, so I recommend starting with your tag and transforming it into a graffiti piece, which consists of the following parts:
Step 1: Trace your graffiti tag
If you’ve ever traced a graffiti tag with a marker, you’ll probably be able to see the graffiti tag through the piece of paper to trace it, but leave a little space between the marker’s edge and your new pencil line, as shown below.
Step 2: improve the graffiti
A serif is a small extra stroke attached to the end of the main vertical and horizontal strokes of a letter in typography; you often use them in graffiti to make your artwork look more complex; this step is usually done by trial and error and takes time.
Step 3: Redraw the lines with a Fineliner
Redraw your lines with your Posca markers PC 1MR 0.7mm* or Copic Markers Multiliner 0.5mm*, wait for the color to dry, and then erase all the pencil lines.
Step 4: Color your graffiti sketch
Add gradients to each letter to make graffiti more complex; in this case, I colored the entire graffiti in one big gradient.
Step 4.1 Which colors should I use?
In general, I recommend using complementary colors for foreground and background fill-ins, as well as 3D blocks; if you want to use more colors, use colors of the same color shade; alternatively, you can simply copy the colors from a graffiti on Instagram or Pinterest.
Step 4.2 Color theory
Color combinations are the foundation of good fill-ins and coloring graffiti, and gradients are the second secret of good coloring. Note that the gradient of the fill in is usually done by choosing 2-4 shades of one color. The simplest way to find color combinations is to go to the website https://color.adobe.com/, where you will find a color wheel.
Step 5: Drawing the 3D blocks
Choose a vanishing point for the 3D blocks, which means choose a point below the graffiti where all of the 3D blocks lead to, as shown in the image below. Next, decide on the size of the blocks, which I chose to be 1.5cm (1/2 inch) in length in this case.
Step 5.1: Different types of coloring for 3D blocks
If you make a gradient parallel to the outline, you usually start with a brighter color and fade to a darker color in the back. The image above shows a gradient in blocks with additional parallel lines to the outline. There are three ways to design parallel gradient blocks. color blockscolor blocks with lines (as shown above)
Step 6: Keyline and background
The line that runs around the entire graffiti is known as the “keyline,” and in this case, I used the complementary color to orange u2013 blue, as well as bubbles and drips in the same color as the background.
Step 7: Add highlights, your tag and the year of creation
Add shapes and light spots above the fill-in to make your graffiti look more complex. Common shapes include bubbles, rectangles, arrows, reflections, and outlines of shapes, which are usually colored in a darker shade of the fill-in color. To finish your artwork, add your tag and the year of creation.
4. Wrapping it up
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you on your creative journey! If there is anything I missed or something you don’t understand, please let me know in the comments section below.
How do you draw graffiti?
So, let’s get this party started:
- Step 1: Trace your graffiti tag.
- Step 2: Improve the graffiti.
- Step 3: Redraw the lines with a Fineliner.
- Step 4: Color your graffiti sketch.
- Step 5: Keyline and background.
- Step 7: Add highlights, your tag, and the year of creation.
How do you draw your name in graffiti?
- Turn the letters into blocks or bubbles. Draw around the original letters to create a larger 2-D sketch of the name.
- Connect some of the letters.
- Write the name in print, rather than cursive, and use an erasable writing tool because you’ll need to manipulate the letters.
Who is most famous graffiti artist?
Banksy is arguably the most well-known graffiti artist of all time, and no one has done more to advance the art form than he has.
What are the three types of graffiti?
Graffiti Styles: The Top Ten
- Sticker (aka Slap)
- Poster (aka Paste-Up)
- Heaven or Heaven-spot.
- Throw-ups. A throw-up is a slightly more sophisticated version of a tag, though it can still be done quickly.
Who is Banksy’s wife?
Joy Millward (born 2006): Who is Banksy’s wife, and who are the top three graffiti artists?
- Although street art is usually associated with spray paint, the French artist working under the pseudonym Invader uses a very different material: ceramic tile.
- Keith Haring.
- Shepard Fairey.
- Os Gemeos.
Who was the first famous graffiti artist?
Darryl “Cornbread” McCray, now widely regarded as the world’s first modern graffiti artist, was a 12-year-old troublemaker housed at the Youth Development Center (YDC) in Philadelphia in 1965.