Graffiti is an urban form of art that is loved by some and detested by others. At its best, it can be a legal way to decorate a community centre or youth building. At its worst, it damages private property and can lead to reduced property values. Each graffiti artist has a unique style of lettering. If you're interested in learning graffiti, check out different styles and add your own flair to develop your look.
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Look at different examples of graffiti art on buildings or online images and note what elements you like about each letter you see. If you want to simply copy someone else's style, you can do so. But if you want to create your own look for a graffiti alphabet, it is important to be familiar with other styles.
Decide whether you want your alphabet to be written in all capitals, all lower case or a combination of the two. Many examples of graffiti are written in a combination of the two, but do not necessarily fall in line with formal alphabet rules. For example, a word could be written to appear as, "graffiti."
Choose the overall style of your graffiti alphabet. You may wish to use all straight lines, all curves, skinny letters or thick letters. If you use all straight lines, the letter "S" may appear as three or more jagged lines, like a lightning bolt. If you use all curves, the letter "M" may have curvy sides. Many examples of graffiti lettering are thick, giving them a swollen look. In some cases, the artist uses an "X" in the centre of an "O" or "R."
Write several versions of the letter "A" on a sheet of blank paper, adjusting it until it's both easy to draw and gives you the look you wish to achieve. Continue with the rest of the letters of the alphabet, using the style you chose for the letter "A." It is important that the letters look like they belong together.
Add shading or colours to the lettering to add to your unique look. Many graffiti artists use shading to make their letters appear three-dimensional.
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