Hot Graffiti & Urban Art How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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...

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 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: 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 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 Smurf character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a graffiti Smurf character. Start off by drawing the hat for the Smurf, then draw in the ear on the side of the head. Then, draw in the face and start to add in the details. Draw in the mouth, nose, and eyes. After this, draw in the upper body and the clothing that the Smurf is wearing. Add crinkled lines on the edges to make it look like the pants are too big, then draw in the feet, arms, and hands. Draw a spray paint can in the hand of the Smurf, then ...

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: 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: 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 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: 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 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.

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