How to Draw Cool Graffiti Letters

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How to Draw Cool Graffiti Letters
Cool graffiti letters give words character and presence. (graffiti image by MajusC00L from

Cool graffiti letters bring life and energy to words. Turning regular letters into graffiti letters infuses them with enthusiasm and animates them. You can use these letters to wish a friend happy birthday, or to write a welcome home sign. They are also useful for creative poetry and writing projects. Graffiti leaves maximum flexibility to the artist. Your letters can be optimistic or angular, in colour or black-and-white, thin or thick. You can customise the final look of graffiti to match your message.

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Things you need

  • Scrap paper
  • Large sheet of high-quality white paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers (various colours)

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  1. 1

    Draw the letters of your message in big capital letters on your scrap paper. This will be the base upon which you will build the graffiti.

  2. 2

    Look at a font website to see examples of different graffiti lettering types. Choose a simple style.

  3. 3

    Trace graffiti letters around your capital letters. Imagine that you are drawing the outline of a cloud that is the same shape as the letter. Use the font you chose as a guide for thickening the letters and drawing the outlines.

    How to Draw Cool Graffiti Letters
    These letters are thicker than the "stick figure" letters used for writing. (graffiti image by Dragana Petrovic from
  4. 4

    Overlap some of the characters. When you make the letters into thick outlines, some parts will "run into" other letters. In the overlapping areas, erase the outline of the letter that will be in the back, and leave the outline of the letter that will be on top.

  5. 5

    Make any last changes to the sketch such as adding flourishes to letters, such as arrows or swirls.

  1. 1

    Copy the sketch of the cool graffiti letters onto the high-quality white paper, using a pencil first.

  2. 2

    Draw all of the details from your original sketch onto the white paper. You can draw the final drawing right away: large outlined letters, overlapping, and flourishes included.

  3. 3

    Draw over the pencil lines with a marker. Choose the colours you want to use. At the minimum, one colour should be used for the outlines and another colour should be used to fill in the cool graffiti letters.

  4. 4

    Erase any remaining pencil lines when you are done colouring in the letters.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different types of markers. Use thin or thick markers, with different colour combination each time.
  • Some markers are not safe to use indoors because they contain toxic fumes. Make sure to check the label before using.

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