How you colour graffiti letters directly contributes to your overall style as a graffiti artist, and in the world of graffiti, style is king. Before you start painting, practice. Lay out the alphabet of your favourite letter style to create a colouring page where you can try different colour combinations and colouring techniques.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Graffiti alphabet on paper
- Pencil crayons/ink markers/paint markers (variety of colours)
Choose a graffiti-style alphabet with letters that are easy to fill with colour, such as block or bubble letters. Outline each letter with black ink or paint.
Make several copies of your graffiti alphabet colouring page.
Colour the alphabet in one shade. Apply solid colour at the bottom and ease off your art utensil as you work toward the top. The colour should appear to fade out completely at the top of the letters. (The fade effect is often used in large graffiti pieces.)
Choose two complementary colours in either pencil crayon, ink or paint. Block out the top half of the letters with one colour; do the same to the bottom half of the letters with the other colour. Layer the two colours together where they meet in the middle to create a blended effect.
Use two or more colours to fill the graffiti alphabet with patterns. Stripes, fish scales, diamonds, fire or colour blocks are all (but not the only) effective patterns. Use high contrast colours, such as yellow and navy blue, for high impact or use two similar shades for a more subtle effect.
Colour each letter in a different colour and create a shiny or plastic effect to the letters by leaving a small white area just inside the top left-hand corners of the letters. The white areas indicate a light source that appears to be shining from the top left of each letter. For a more dramatic or animated effect, draw a white flare (or a small starlike shape) in the same place.
Tips and warnings
- Make plenty of copies of the original, uncolored page. You can reuse the same alphabet over and over to try out new colour combinations.