Hot Graffiti & Urban Art How-Tos

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 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 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 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 spikey, mischevious graffiti character

In this video, we learn how to draw a spiky and mischievous graffiti character. Start off by drawing the face and head, giving spikes for the hair. Make an angry face on the character, then draw him holding a spray paint can out in front of him. Draw the rest of the body, then make another spray paint can in the other hand. Next, draw the legs with baggy pants on them, and a loose t-shirt. After this, add a small pointy goatee to the chin and shade in darker areas on the shirt and face. Finis...

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: 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 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 gangster graffiti couple

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a gangster graffiti couple. First, draw in the eyes on the piece of paper. Then, draw in the nose and the mouth, adding in details to make it look more realistic. Draw in the hair for the woman, then draw in the details for the man's face right next to the woman's. Draw in the rest of the face, then add in the hair with a band around the head. Draw an arm coming from the side of the woman and another on the neck of the man to show them hugging. Add in de...

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 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 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 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 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: 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 version of Slimer from Ghostbusters

In this video you will learn how to draw a graffiti version of "Slimer" from the movie "Ghostbusters". The materials you will need are a writing utensil (the artist in the video uses a permanent marker) and some paper to write on. The artist begins by drawing the eyes and the pupils (the pupils appear cross-eyed). Then you draw the nose, the mouth and start outlining the area around the top of the eyes. Then draw the outline of the ghosts body then continuing around the left arm to the hand. ...

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: Make linoleum asphalt mosaics with Craftzine

Linoleum asphalt mosaics, also called Toynbee Tiles, are artworks permanently embedded in pavement. In this video I'll show you how to construct your own from inexpensive materials. You can get real linoleum (don't use vinyl flooring) for this project by ordering free samples online. By cutting out a mosaic design in the linoleum and sandwiching it between layers of paper, wood glue, and asphalt crack filler, you can affix the mosaic very permanently to an asphalt surface, such as your drivew...

How To: Draw a scary character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a scary character. First, draw the outline with a hat and a cape. After this, use your pencil to color the inside of the hat and the face (except the eyes) completely black. From here, you will shade in the hat by blending in the pencil with your finger. From here, you will color in the bow on the front of the cape and then shade in the sides and the top and bottom of the cape. Use your finger to blend in the pencil and then smudge it around the front of...

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: 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: 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 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, ...

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 spraycan

In this video, we learn how to draw a graffiti spray can. Start out by drawing the top of the can with the nozzle on the very top. Use a half circle with a thick line under it to make the top. Next, draw the rest of the can creating a face on the side of the can with a mouth, nose, ears, and eyes. Then, draw in the bottom of the can using a circle shape and filling it on black so it looks sealed. Add in some lines to show the can spraying, then write in graffiti letters underneath to finish!

How To: Create a bucket drum or protest art

In this video, we learn how to create a bucket drum or protest art. To start, you will grab a large plastic bucket and you will apply take all around the sides of it so it's wrapped up. The tape should be intersecting at the opening of the top of it. Then, use a tie to connect this in with the tape and then size it so it fits around your waist. From here, you will tie the bucket to your waist and then use sticks to beat your new drum. You can stick the sticks to the side where the tape is to ...

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...

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