Hot Graffiti & Urban Art How-Tos

How To: Add 3D effects and shading to graffiti letters

In this tutorial, we learn how to add 3D effects and shading to graffiti letters. To start, you will draw a simple letter with a pencil. Then, take one point under the letter in the middle and draw a darker outline. Next, you will draw an outline around the first outline to make it look 3D. Next, you will shade in the area in the middle of the letter and anything that is in between the first letter and the second. After this, you will add in lines and additional detailing to make the letters ...

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...

How To: Draw graffiti, step by step

If you want to learn how to be a real graffiti artist, it can be a challenge to know where to get started. This tutorial video walks you through some of the beginning steps. Presented as a text slideshow, it's very basic but contains some sound information for aspiring graffiti artists.

How To: Draw wild style graffiti

Street artist wackojacko54321 teaches you how to draw "wild style" graffiti. There is no definite technique or way of drawing wild style. Wackojacko54321's interpretation involves starting with a simple piece with connecting letters (of which he provides an example) and possibly arrows. Add more basic arrows and connections to unify the piece more. Connection points of the arrows are important. Attach them to the ends/corners of letters or other letters/connections. Spice it up with more adva...

How To: Get better at graffiti letter writing

Wherever you sit on the debate of graffiti, one thing is certain: it takes someone with a great sense of skill. There are so many different variations when it comes to graffiti or tagging there isn't right or wrong way. But people can tell when it comes off as sloppy and lazy so making sure it looks nice and clean is pretty important. This tutorial shows you how to get better at writing graffiti letters. Enjoy!

How To: Draw a graffiti cartoon character on paper

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a graffiti cartoon character on paper. First, draw the outline of the head and then draw in a waved line for the mouth. From here, draw a circle nose and then round eyes with curved eyebrows. Draw big round ears on each side. Then, draw in the hand holding a spray paint can and draw the body around this. The character should be wearing a short sleeved shirt and the other hand should be flipping off the screen. Draw in the pants and shoes, drawing lines o...

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 a graffiti alphabet for beginners

In this tutorial we learn how to draw a graffiti alphabet for beginners. To draw the graffiti letters, you will first need to have a visual to look at while you are drawing them. Each of the different letters have a different look to them. They may be hard to read at first, but they each have a unique look. You will make the letters bubble letters, but have an edge to the bottom and top of each of them. To practice this further, you can trace along different letters to get a feel for how the ...

How To: Draw a graffiti style hip hop cartoon character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a graffiti style hip hop cartoon character. First, make a circle, then draw long triangles for eyes and a mouth plus a rectangular shaped body with very large feet. Then, draw in the arms with large hands and draw a hat on the top of the head. Then, fill in the color for eyebrows and fill in the pupils. After this, outline the character with a darker pencil or a black marker and fill in details for the outfit, like pants and a long sleeved shirt. To fini...

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: Paint Bedroom Walls like a pro

To prepare a bedroom for walls to be painted, remove as much furniture and objects from the room. You can leave the larger furniture in the center of the room, covered. Fill in any holes or cracks in the wall with a patch. Also, remove any hardware or outlet plates from the wall. Next, place masking tape at the base boards so you can paint below the carpet level. Tim suggests using a drop cloth rather than a plastic cloth to cover the floor. Drop cloths last much longer and are more convenien...

How To: Get more out of spray paint cans

In this how-to video, you will learn how to get more out of your spray cans. This is useful if you want to make the most out of the money spent on these purchases. These spray cans are very useful for painting objects that would be harder with the traditional bus. First, follow the directions on the spray can. It should say to turn it upside down and spray it until it runs clear. This keeps the tips clear. If the can is old, you can carefully remove the tip from the can and drop it in paint t...

How To: Make a homemade graffiti mop

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a graffiti mop. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. The materials required for this task are: a small bottle, syringe, whiteboard rubber and ink. Begin by placing the ink in the small bottle using the syringe. Then roll up the whiteboard rubber and place it in the small bottle. Make sure that the whiteboard rubber completely covers the top of the bottle and fits tightly. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy art and drawin...

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 character

This video illustrate us how to draw a graffiti character. Here are the following steps:Step 1: First of all take a paper and start drawing a semi circle and then from this semi circle draw another semicircle bigger then the previous one.Step 2: Now draw two oval within the semicircle and one small square showing the face and the belly of the character.Step 3:Now draw two lines sideways to the character and draw a small circle on these lines showing a tree.Step 4: Now write free hand letters ...

How To: Draw a character flipping his finger

Wizard is back in the house to teach us the fine art of graffiti drawing one image at a time. In this installment, he draws us one of his standard gangster figures with both middle fingers proudly raised to the viwer and some names around the side of him. Wizard's skills are so nasty, I would rock that t-shirt the character is wearing his his name on it any day of the week.

How To: Draw the graffiti alphabet

To some, graffiti is an art form that can only be expressed on the streets to share with everyone around there. To others, it's nothing more than a stupid way to deface property and cause the city to spend thousands of dollars to clean up. Either way, it take a certain skill set to come up with some great looking graffiti. This tutorial will give those aspiring taggers or artists an idea of how to draw the alphabet graffiti style. Enjoy!

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 graffiti style people

This video drawing tutorial shows a technique for sketching out people in a style reminiscent of graffiti. This video lesson will provide inspiration from street art into your own artwork. Follow along with the demonstrator, experiment with the new ideas, and learn how to draw graffiti style people in a way you like.

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 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: Draw a simple spraycan character

Cholowiz13 demonstrates how to draw an anamorphic spray can character, which can inspire your own cartoon characters for any artistic purpose. Without using any words, Cholowiz13 demonstrates the creation of a cartoon spray can character by starting with the eyes and mouth. He keeps the face simple and adjusts the body of the spray can to show action while fitting the face. A few simple curves form the hands and fingers. But for the best expression, add shading (especially inside the mouth, a...

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