How To Draw Graffiti: Tips For Newbies

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably seen the bright and colorful paintings and writings on the walls of your city. The opinions about this type of arts are polarized between two diametrically opposing groups. Some people associate graffiti with tasteless “quasi-art”; some folks say it is nothing but vandalism and teenagers’ hormones outburst; and finally, there are people who adore graffiti and consider it as the main branch of street art – the only type of independent and non-corrupted way of self-expression. So, if you belong to the last type and know what all those brushes, paints and stencils are for and can handle them, you’d be glad to check a couple of easy tips for drawing graffiti.

  • Watching professional graffiti artists in the streets, you may start thinking that they just come out of their houses, choose some random wall and start painting random things just the way they feel. Well, maybe PROS do it like this, but unless you are not a pro, you’ll need a bit of preparation. First of all, you are supposed to draw a sketch. This is an approximate image of what you’d like to draw on the wall later. Drawing sketches and duplicating this picture on another type of surface can be quite challenging though, so it may take some time to find feet.
  • Remember that the image on the wall can slightly differ from your initial plan. That’s not bad at all; in fact, graffiti is all about freedom, spontaneity, creativity and total refusal from any standards. Feel free to let your feelings and ambitions loose.
  • As you know, there are a lot of styles of graffiti, so you have to make up your mind on one of them before you hit the wall. Bubble letters? Rounded or sharp edges? Equally sized letters or big and small ones? It’s up to you to decide! Once you boost your drawing skills you can develop your own individual style.
  • Choosing the right “canvas” for your masterpiece is absolutely crucial and can mean the difference between success and failure. First of all, don’t forget that drawing graffiti is illegal, so opt for the walls that are not in the main city streets and double-check you won’t be busted.
  • Pay attention to the surface itself and make sure it is smooth, relatively clean and has no moss on it.
  • Another important thing speaking about the walls is this wall’s “nature”. Some of them are “permanent”, i.e. built around some houses, but there are also “temporary” walls that are built around the construction areas and are to be removed as soon as the construction is over. So, if you are planning on some large-scaled project and don’t want it to be destroyed in a week or two, try to avoid such kind of walls.

Creative art is something that you can’t be taught, but hopefully these assists will help you start your graffiti trials and succeed as a street artist. If you’ve got a talent, passion and ambitions to tell the world what’s on your mind – go ahead and get ‘em!

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