Hot Graffiti & Urban Art How-Tos

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 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: Make a slap tag

Slap tags, or sticker tags, are faster, and less risky, than freestyle graffiti or stencil tags. You can design your slap tag, and put them up inconspicuously wherever you go. This how-to video shows an easy method for designing your slap tag, and even offers a tip on getting stickers on the cheap.

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: 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: Write a name in graffiti letters

In this video, we learn how to write a name in graffiti letters. Start off by outlining the letters, make sure to draw them thick so they look 3D. Add in different shapes edges to the letters to make them look more like graffiti. Make sure they are all touching and overlapping as well. Then, use the pencil to draw in the areas in between the letters and in the middle of them. Once you do this, you will be able to add in additional lines and shading to each of the individual letters. You can a...

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: Tag like a real graffiti artist

Graffiti— do you have the guts to get out there and tag some property? There's a whole lot more than just spray paint involved. To be great, you'll need things like a sketchbook, pencils, pens, markers, spray can tips, latex gloves, legal (or illegal) wall, and most importantly… creativity. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an urban graffiti artist, follow these steps to become da ’hood’s next da Vinci.

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: 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 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: Recycle plastic bottles and make decorative flower art

In this tutorial, we learn how to recycle plastic bottles and make decorative flower art. Start out by cutting around the cap of the bottle until the body is cut off. Then, cut small slits in the bottle until it's completely cut up. From here, you will spread these out so they are opened up like petals. Take different colored plastic bottles and repeat this process. When you're finished, you will then attach these together using heat and use them as decorative art for your wall! This is great...

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: 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 the word SESA graffiti-tag style with Wizard

This video demonstration shows established graffiti artist Wizard creating a tag of the name SESA. It features a figure in the background sticking his middle finger thorough the second S in the name. The elaborations around the letters and the types of curves he used in this particular design have little bit of a Japanese flair to them, a different sort of style for Wizard, but one that this master of graffiti tags handles with the same skill with which he handles all of his other tag designs.

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: Draw an edgy tattoo heart by Wizard

Tattoo hearts show you're tough and street smart but are secretly a cuddly teddy bear. Toughen this eternal symbol of love by watching this drawing tutorial on sketching a tattoo heart originally drawn by Ice T (Reckless). With thickly loaded spikes and a smaller heart formed by these spikes below the main heart, this is one guarded spring of affection.

How To: Draw graffiti letters

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw graffiti letters. When you are drawing these letters, you will want to use as much imagination as you can. Make sure to add in your own personal flare to give each of the letters a special touch. Now, you will draw the letters making them into a large 3D letter. Add in swirls and lines to the edges of the letters to give them a wet look and then add in shading to the side to make it look darker. Add in more shading and darker outlines, then when you are ...

How To: Draw smile now cry later clowns

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw smile now cry later clowns. Start off by drawing a large laughing mouth with the tongue inside of it. Next, draw the eyes and then the nose and chin. Draw the eyebrows on the clown so it looks like a clown, with makeup on the eyes and face. After this, add details to the tongue and fill in the back of the mouth with black shading. After this, draw neighboring clowns the same way as the first, just changing up facial features to make them different. This ...

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: Make a graffiti paint marker

In this tutorial, learn how to make paint for a graffiti style paint marker. This can be done with paint you have left over in your house and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Using a paint marker allows you to draw much more accurate and detailed graffiti. Throw a little ink into the mix and make your own custom colors so you can leave your mark all over town.

How To: Draw a spraycan with big eyes

Wizard quite simply refuses to stop being online video's premier pen-and-paper graffiti artist. His prolific video output manifests itself here in a thick-pen drawing of the grandaddy of the the graffiti artist's toolkit: the noble spraycan. This particular can looks even meaner than most! Even his splatter highlights are remarkably precise, and as always the quality of his work inspiring and unimpeachable.

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: Spray paint properly

Try to use the same brand of spray paint throughout the project, read the instructions, follow them. Different brands may have different instructions, this is why we advise against mixing brands. Begin by lightly sanding your project with 600 grit sand paper, anything lower can potentially scratch your project. Use a sturdy tape to cover the parts you want to leave unpainted. Use a very light coating of primer, sand it with 600 grit sand paper (lightly). To add 'special effects' to the job, u...

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