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How To Draw Graffiti Step By Step

How To Draw Graffiti Step By Step

Creating graffiti with a spray can is pretty easy, but how do you create the effect of graffiti in a drawing? Find out how with step by step instructions from a noted children's book illustrator. This VideoJug film will show you how to stretch your artistic talents without getting arrested.

Okay, we're going to have some fun, and we're going to create some graffiti. And for that, you're going to need a pencil, a black felt-tip, a brush, a rubber, some water, and some coloring pencils, and these are water-based coloring pencils. You can actually add water to them and it kind of turns into water color for an extra effect.

Okay, first of all, we're going to use our pencil and we're going to create some crazy graffiti-style letters, and the name I'm going to write is "Sam". Okay, so that's our basic shaping for the letters, and then just to give it even more character, I'm going to make the letters look as though they're melting. I'm going to add some drip marks.

Okay, that's all your pencil work done. Next, you need your felt-tip. Now, I've got a very thick one, but you could probably do with one a little bit thinner than this.

This is a little bit on the thick side but it should do. And then obviously, we're going to go around our pencil work. Now, we use our trusty rubber to get rid of all the original pencil work.

Okay, next, we're going to apply some color. I'm going to choose a kind of pink red and an orange to start with. And when you're using a coloring pencil, never use the tip of the pencil.

Use the edge of the pencil. If you use the tip, you get marks like this - no subtlety at all. If you use the edge, you get a much softer, more controlled result.

I mean, obviously, you can color in much darker than I am, but you want to start light and build the color up because then, you have control of the pencil; the pencil doesn't have control of you. Okay, now, we're going to kind of add some shapes within that just to liven it up a bit more. Now, we need to do something with the outside, really, because at the moment, it's just the letters "Sam" stuck on a piece of paper.

So we're going to use a contrasting color. I think I'm going to go for a kind of green blue color and I'm going to create a line on the outside, that kind of in a way mirrors the bubble effect. So, you just mirror the edge of the text and color it in.

Okay, next, I'm going to add some kind of bubble shapes (why not?) to mirror what I've done inside the text. But you can do stars, letters, faces - I'm sure you can come up with some fantastic ideas. We want to make the letters themselves a little bit more 3D inside as well, and there's two ways you can do that; there are two steps in order to achieve that.

First of all, go back to your original colors and darken the left edge, okay, and next, we're actually going to use the rubber again. I'm just going to add a little bit to that, just down there. Okay, next, we're going to use the rubber again, and with the rubber, you then rub out some of the pencil work from the right-hand side and that gives your letters a more 3D effect.

Now, obviously, this is a very basic design. I'm sure you can come up with all sorts of great ideas that you can try. But that's my basic step-by-step guide to creating a graffiti effect.

Creating graffiti with a spray can is pretty easy, but how do you create the effect of graffiti in a drawing? Find out how with step by step instructions from a noted children's book illustrator. This VideoJug film will show you how to stretch your artistic talents without getting arrested.