How to Draw Street Art on Paper

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How to Draw Street Art on Paper
Street artists will outline their work to add depth. ( Images)

Street art is normally a way to raise awareness, whether personal, such a establishing a name, or as activism for political or social reasons. Street artists started out by working without permission in public places. Now many street artists work with permission, and are even paid through contests or corporations, unlike graffiti artists who draw on public or private property without permission, which constitutes a crime. Some businesses will have artists paint on the side of buildings for business promotions. Creating street art on paper allows artwork to be displayed such as in galleries, ads or plastered in public areas.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers, chalk, paint

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  1. 1

    Decide what type of street art to create such as a graffiti-styled tag name or a fine art image such as a building or pond.

  2. 2

    Create an outline using basic shapes such as rectangles for buildings or bubble lettering for tag names.

  3. 3

    Add additional details to the outlines such as windows for building, fish for ponds and stars or lightning for tag names. Make a copy of the drawing for backup in case you make a mistake.

  4. 4

    Outline the copy of the artwork by tracing over the lines with a dark colour. Determine a light source and add shadows to the lines, by thickening them for a 3D effect.

  5. 5

    Colour the street art with paint, markers or colour chalk.

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