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
The second secret to good coloring is to use gradients. The gradient of the fill in is usually done by choosing 2-4 shades of one color. The easiest way to find color combinations is to go to http://color. Adobe Color CC u2013 Color Wheel.
Step 5: Drawing the 3D blocks
Choose a point below the graffiti where all of the 3D blocks will lead, and then decide on the size of the blocks. In this case, I went with 1,5cm (1/2 inch) as the length. Fill the blocks with black paint and add light spots and hard fading.
Step 5.1: Different types of coloring for 3D blocks
When you make a gradient parallel to the outline, you’ll usually start with a brighter color and fade to a darker color in the back; blocks are typically darker on the bottom and lighter on the sides, but it’s not always easy to tell the difference.
Step 6: Keyline and background
Artist’s sketch for Graffiti sketch with keyline and background. The line around the entire graffiti is called “keyline” – the complementary color to orange u2013 blue. To make it look like graffiti, I added 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. Finish your artwork by adding your tag and the year it was created.
4. Wrapping it up
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How do you draw graffiti for beginners?
Beginner’s guide to graffiti drawing
- 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: Draw the 3D blocks.
- Step 6: Keyline and background.
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.
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.
What is graffiti piece?
A large, complex, and labor-intensive graffiti painting that often includes 3-D effects, arrows, and a variety of colors and color transitions, as well as various other effects, and is usually done by writers with more experience.
Is graffiti against the law?
The guiding law against vandalism and graffiti is Section 594 of the California Penal Code, which states that a person is guilty of vandalism if they deface, damage, or destroy property that is not their own. With this in mind, as long as artists obtain permission from owners, the graffiti on the wall is 100% legal.
How do you explain graffiti to a child?
Graffiti is defined as marks, scratchings, or drawings made on a public surface with paint or spray paint (paint sprayed from a can). While a single mark can be called a graffito, the term graffiti is usually used to refer to multiple marks.