How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti

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How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti
(Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt)

Graffiti is a powerful form of artwork. It can be seen by some as vile defacement of property and by others as beautiful artwork. Throw-up graffiti takes some of the elements of the more involved forms of graffiti and simplifies them. According to, this allows the artist to create a piece of work that expresses his or her artistic talent while still getting the piece done quickly. You can use throw up-style graffiti as a form of lettering for your blog, as way to personalise items that you own or even to decorating a rec room or club.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Black ink pen
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Art markers

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  1. 1

    Sketch out the basic frame of the letters that you wish to create. Keep in mind that throw-up graffiti letter need to have much wider bases to the letter and large curves. For example, A, H, F and E, will all have wide bases and a narrower tops that resemble trapezoid shapes. Round letter like B, D, C, G, O, P, R and Q will have large curves that get wider at the bottom than the top. Make the top curves of these letter droop slightly as if the letter itself is "baggy".

    How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti
  2. 2

    Complete the frame work for the letters by drawing wide parallel lines around the inside of your frame. Make sure that the rounded letters have very small holes inside them as if the letter is filled with air like a balloon. Keep the bagginess of the letters when doing this, however. Overlap the letters so the left letter looks like it is slightly on top of the right letter.

    How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti
  3. 3

    Draw parallel lines around each letter to create a thick and bold outline. Erase any guidelines inside the throw-up graffiti letters that you do not wish to keep. Ink the borders of all your letters and shapes with a black ink pen.

    How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti
  4. 4

    Color the throw-up graffiti letters with bold and bright colours. Add shadows to the under side and left side of each letter with a colour that is two shades darker than your base colour. This will give the letters some thickness and dimension.

    How to Draw Throw Up Graffiti

Tips and warnings

  • Try drawing several small thumbnail sketches of your throw-up graffiti design before committing to the final drawing.
  • Keep the throw-up graffiti as simple as possible. The whole point of this style of graffiti is to work fast but still exude some personal style.

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