Graffiti is not just amateur spray paint on cement walls. It is a legitimate art form that can also be practised on paper with coloured pencils or markers. Graffiti artists achieve their look with a lot of effort and practice, but the designs themselves are not difficult to execute.
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Things you need
- Coloured pencils
Using a pencil, write down a word you want to turn into graffiti. Most graffiti artists use their name or the name of a group they are involved in. Practice with a short word.
Outline the letters, turning them into bubble or block letters. The letters should be placed close together or overlap. They should not all be evenly drawn or neat. Parts of the letters can be enlarged or shrunken for a better effect. The more exaggerated you can make the letters, the better your graffiti design will be.
Erase lines so that it looks like the letters are overlapping each other. This gives the graffiti more depth.
Add any additional elements. Lightning bolts, swirls and other decorations will make your graffiti more personal and interesting, like real graffiti.
Outline the edges in marker or dark pencil when you are satisfied with the initial design. The lines should not be neat or of even width. Sketchy lines in varying widths are graffiti style.
Colour in the letters with bright colours. Do so lightly if you intend to mix colours. Make sure you cannot see any pencil lines and ensure that the colour is smooth and even.
Shade the letters. Add black or a darker shade of the base colour along the bottoms of the letters and in the holes in the letters to make them more three-dimensional and eye-catching.
Do a once-over with the dark marker along the edges and admire your work.
Tips and warnings
- If you want your graffiti to look more professional, the best thing you can do is practice.
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