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
After you’ve completed your first graffiti, go to my collection of graffiti letters and think of a name you’d like to use as a sprayer. No ideas? Just start with your real name! I provide several designs for each letter, and you can search for letters using the buttons on the top.
3. How to draw graffiti: your first graffiti sketch in 7 steps
You’ve redrawn your first graffiti? You’ve made your first tag? Great! Now let’s move on to the next step! To begin, I recommend transforming your tag into a graffiti piece, which consists of the following parts: the fill-in: colored areasthe outline: colored or black line around the fill-in3D blocksa backgrounda keyline: line that ru
Step 1: Trace your graffiti tag
Tracing the graffiti tag If you used a marker to trace the graffiti tag, you will most likely see the graffiti tag through the piece of paper. So, your first task is to trace the edges of the lines with a pencil, leaving a little bit of space between the edge of the marker and your new pencil line so the letter gets bigger. The result should look like the image below.
Step 2: improve the graffiti
The overall composition of the graffiti is also important. Because the u201cEu201d at the start is larger than the u201cRu201d at the end, I decided to make it smaller and add arrows on both sides to create a compact form. (red) I also added serifs or made them more complex. (blue circles) A serif is a small extra stroke attached to the end of the main vertical and horizontal strokes of a letter in typography.
Step 3: Redraw the lines with a Fineliner
The next step is much simpler: redraw your pencil lines with your Posca markers PC 1MR 0.7mm* or Copic Markers Multiliner 0.5*, wait a few minutes for the color to dry, and then erase all the pencil lines. The result should look like this. Redrawn graffiti sketch outlines Tip: Copy your drawing at this point. If you don’t like the colors you choose later, you don’t have to start over.
Step 4: Color your graffiti sketch
I recommend always drawing gradients to make the coloring more complex; in this case, I colored the entire graffiti in one large gradient; if you want to make your drawing even more complex, add a different gradient to each letter.
Step 4.1 Which colors should I use?
In general, I recommend using complementary colors for either: foreground and background fill-ins and 3D blocks If you want to use more colors, use colors of the same color shade; alternatively, you can search for graffiti on Instagram or Pinterest and copy the colors; if you are a beginner, this approach will probably be the best.
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 easy 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.
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 made graffiti famous?
renowned street artists
- Cornbread, also known as Darryl McCray, is widely regarded as the first modern graffiti artist, having begun tagging in Philadelphia in the late 1960s.
- Dondi White.
- Tracy 168.
- Lady Pink.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat (SAMO)
- Keith Haring.
- Shepard Fairey.
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.