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How To: Draw a graffiti alphabet

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a graffiti alphabet. If you aren't familiar with drawing graffiti, this is a very personal type of drawing that you can do anyway you would like. Make the letters close together, but give them wide arches so they look bold. When you write out the alphabet, you will color the space between them black, and then shade the inside of them. It may be hard to see exactly what the letters are, but that is the fun with graffiti. Make it completely unique to you a...

How To: Draw a graffiti character

In this video, we learn how to draw a graffiti character. Start out by drawing two large eyes with small pupils at the bottom of them. Next, you will draw a nose and a mouth with pointed teeth. From here, you will draw the head around this and the jaw line for the mouth. Shade in the mouth and add lines to the face, then draw graffiti letters for the name of the character right underneath it. When you draw the letters, make sure to drag the letters out to make them flare more and stand out. W...

How To: Draw a cholo graffiti character

In this video, we learn how to draw a cholo graffiti character. Start out by drawing the hat, then draw the face underneath the hat. Draw a mustache and beard around the mouth and hair on the back of the head. Next, draw a neck going down from the face, followed by an arm and the chest wearing a tank top. Make the hand on the arm hold a spray paint can on the top and the other hand hold the can at the bottom. Next, draw a belt and jeans onto the character. Draw jeans that are oversized for th...

How To: Write a name in an old school graffiti style

Although many may consider it disgusting, there are still people out there who see graffiti as an art form. It requires skill and the right type of materials in order to write anything in graffiti style. Now doing it on other people's properties not so good, but on a piece of paper, that's much better. In this video tutoria, you'll see how to write a name in an old school graffiti style. So good luck, enjoy, and please don't break the law by tagging up things that don't belong to you!

How To: Draw a hot Latina in graffiti pen

The enigmatic, the inimitable, the sublimely talented Wizard is in the house, this time demonstrating for us how to draw a beautiful Latina kneeling with her arm on her elbow. This type of figure is somewhat atypical for Wizard, but his graffiti penmanship knows no limits, and he executes the work with all of the style and virtuosity that we have come to expect from this master of his craft.

How To: Draw a cool graffiti design

Talented graffiti-artist-for-hire Wizard here demonstrates a user-requested drawing of a cholo figure and some very elaborate script. As will most of his demonstrations, he works in pencil and black ink on grid paper, creating small and somewhat austere designs with undeniable virtuosity and charm. His demonstration services are quite a bargain at only $5!

How To: Make a stencil with a manila folder

This video gives instructions on how to make a stencil from a manila folder and a number of additional supplies. Supplies required aside from the manila folder include an X-acto knife, a pencil, an eraser, and a cutting board, the cutting board and manila folder are recommended. First step to producing the stencil is to draw an image to serve as the stencil pattern. After making the design, cuts must be placed in the design known as 'Bridges', bridges are links in the design which holds the p...

How To: Draw a gangster M&M graffiti character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a gangster M&M graffiti character. Start out by drawing the eyes and the mouth for the character. Fill in the eyes and the mouth, then add in more details. Next, add in eyebrows to the M&M, then draw the body around the face. Draw a beanie hat on top of the head, then draw arms with a spray paint can in one of the hands. Add in the additional details for the hands and arms, then draw in the legs on the bottom. Add in the shoes, then finish with additiona...

How To: Draw graffiti

In this tutorial we learn how to draw graffiti. Graffiti can be done in hundreds of different ways, depending on your taste and your abilities. Remember when you draw on graph paper that it will help your letters stay to scale so you have a more even looking word or letter. Also, when you draw your characters you want to draw them with large features and exaggerated clothing, so it gives the gangster loose clothing look. Use a brush pen to create a flared effect and shade in around the letter...

News: Trippy 3D Illusion Graffiti

Paper Donut is a collaborative graffiti project between Justine Ricaud and Alexis Facca. The French duo paint geometrical illusions as urban art (with the exception of the gallery installation below). They've also posted some detail shots that give you some sense of how it was done.

How To: Draw a character with graffiti bubble letters

Do you remember the Snorks? If not, they were a cheap knock-off of the Smurfs, but the setting took place in the ocean and they had long tubes at the top of their heads. Why is this important? Well in the tutorial above, you'll find out how to draw a character with graffiti bubble letters. That character happens to resemble that of a Snork. So good luck and have a snorky day. Enjoy!

How To: Draw a BMAC graffiti tag in pencil and pen with Wizard

Drawing graffiti tags is an art form like any other, full of history, conventions, and styles that have to be learned before an aspring tagger can have their work taken seriously. Copying the videos of established graffiti artist Wizard is a great way for all the taggers out there looking to improve their skills to do just that. This particular video features Wizard demonstrating his creation of a custom script design of the name BMAC. He uses a light pencil underdrawing followed by Sharpie p...

How To: Draw a graffiti design with a mustachioed figure

For those among you looking to improve you small-scale pencil-and ink graffiti skills, you could not ask for a better silent teacher than Wizard. His viewer-requested drawings always demonstrate a high degree of skill while being simple and slowly-done enough to allow his fan to emulate him and improve their own art. His trademark well-chosen electrofunk soundtracks are perfect background music for the graffiti creation process.

How To: Draw a spraycan sketch

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a spray can sketch. First, draw the face of the can on the piece of paper, drawing the eyes, nose, and mouth. After this, draw the surrounding parts of the can around the face. Draw the bottom and the top of the can as well as the top with the middle open area where the spray will come out. After this, draw in as much detail as you would like on your spray can. Use a black marker to shade in on the sides and make lines darker. When finished, save and enj...

How To: Wheat paste, poster, or flypost

While it's debatable that this video will teach you to subvert consumerism and make people think for themselves, it is a handy guide to learn how to flypost, wheat paste, put up posters, or whatever you want to call it. Get your message, be it political, artistic, or anything else worth sharing with others, by pasting posters out on the town where people will see them and maybe even think about them. These guys might be anarchists, but you don't need to be. Watch this video urban art tutorial...

How To: Make a graffiti mop from a repurposed cleaner bottle

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a graffiti mop from a repurposed cleaner bottle. First, you will take stamp cleaner in a small bottle that you can pick up from any craft store and a bottle of Pilot ink (1 oz). Next, empty the stamp cleaner from the bottle and then pour the ink into that bottle using a dropper. After this, place the top back onto the bottle and shake it for several seconds. When done, take the cap off and you will be able to write on a wall now using this bottle's soft ...

How To: Build your own set of graffiti lettering

Drawing graffiti letters can be done in hundreds of different ways, but drawing on graph paper helps the letters stay to scale, and using a brush pen creates a flared effect. Draw a few different types of graffiti letters with a demonstration from an experienced artist and art supply store employee in this free video on drawing. This video will demonstrate exactly how to build your own set of graffiti lettering. Build your own set of graffiti lettering.

How To: Draw a graffiti-style clown

Wizard is back, and manages to outdo himself in this virutouso display of graffiti skills. In this video he turns his tremendous skills to drawing a clown head, but ups the ante by eschewing his usual technique of pre-drawing in pencil and going straight to permanent inks (sharpie and fabric pen). Rembrandt would be proud.

How To: Draw a gangster graffiti character

In this video, we learn how to draw a gangster graffiti character. Start out by drawing the eyes and the top of the head. After this, draw on the nose and mouth, with sharp teeth coming out of the mouth. Also, draw in the eyebrows and a scar on the top of the head. Continue down the body to draw the chest and arms, with one arm holding a spray paint bottle. Next, draw very baggy jeans on the legs, then raw over-sized shoes onto the bottom. Make sure to add in further details to make the drawi...

How To: Draw a gangsta character

Graffiti master Wizard spit some more knowledge at us with only his hands, drawing a gangsta figure for a viewer named HQ in his signature style, working quickly in sharpie on graph paper to create something that the more clumsy-handed among us couldn't produce with a lifetime of effort. If you think you're up to the challenge though, copying Wizard's techniques on paper will greatly improve your skills before you take them to the streets, so that when you really want to leave your mark you w...

How To: Make dripping ink street art

Learn how to turn your street art alive using dripping ink in motion and some basic computer equipment. Graffiti Research Lab is an amazing resource in NYC that promotes and organizes graffiti art and artists. Hats off to these guys! This video is a great watch and you don't need to be a graffiti artist to appreciate or enjoy it.

How To: Draw a graffiti skull spraycan character with Wizard

The spraycan is the most important tool in most graffiti artists arsenal, and is often depicted in the tags themselves. This video from graffiti master Wizard demonstrates how to draw a skull / spraycan / pimp character with a menacing sneer on its bony face and a cane in its hand. Follow this demonstration done in black marker to improve your tagging skills before you take it to the street.

How To: Draw a gangster graffiti ET character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a gangster graffiti ET character. Start out by drawing the eyebrows and the hat, then draw down to make the eyes. After this, draw in the details of the eyes, then make the nose and the mouth. From here, create the head and the neck, as well as the rest of the body. Draw on large pants that look baggy on the legs and a large collared shirt. One hand should be in the pocket and the other should be facing out with a finger on a spray paint can. From here, ...