How to Draw the Wildstyle Graffiti Alphabet

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How to Draw the Wildstyle Graffiti Alphabet
Wildstyle graffiti appears unreadable due to its curved lines and arrows and embellishments. (graffiti image by rachid amrous-spleen from Fotolia.com)

Wildstyle graffiti features thick distinctive outlines and interwoven letters that make the tag difficult to read. This particular style of graffiti usually includes a variety of embellishments, including arrows and dots, and some artists give the letters a 3-D treatment to add depth. Due to the intricate nature of the designs, mastering the art of Wildstyle may take some time. Take your time, relax and just keep trying.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black marker
  • Coloured pencils or markers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Write the letters of the alphabet on a sheet of paper leaving plenty of space between the characters.

  2. 2

    Draw lightly around each letter to begin building up the shape of the letters. Keep your lines faint so that you can erase them later. As you work on the letters, bend and push their lines so that they start to blend together. Find ways to interlock letters such as extending the cross of a "t" or the centre line of an "E."

  3. 3

    Erase stray lines that you don't like and then begin embellishing your letters. Replace ends or corners of letters with arrows that swoop around or weave in and out of other letters. Add round or square highlights to the letters. Give the type a 3-D effect. Continue to draw lightly so that you can easily rework areas that do not please you. Keep in mind that Wildstyle should appear abstract to the casual observer, so don't worry if you can barely read your letters.

  4. 4

    Trace over your completed outlines with a black marker. Lift your hand and forearm off the drawing surface slightly and use the motion of your shoulder to draw long smooth lines. Thicken the outlines in areas where lines meet, such as the point in the letter "V" or "M." Also increase the line weight on the bottom of any round areas such as "O" or "C."

  5. 5

    Allow the black marker to dry for several hours and then erase all the pencil lines on your paper.

  6. 6

    Use either coloured pencils or markers to colour in the letters. Both mediums have advantages: coloured pencils allow for smooth colour transitions, while markers offer bold, vibrant colours.

Tips and warnings

  • Study some Wildstyle tags to get ideas and observe the way the letters are constructed.

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