How To Do Graffiti Artwork

Do you have a message you want to send to the world? Say it with graffiti artwork that's fun and easy.

Since graffiti has gotten somewhat of a bad rap in the past the first thing you need to know when doing graffiti is to keep it clean. Eliminate the shock element of foul language and images and just let your artwork speak for itself. Have a theme in mind that you want to portray to your viewers. Make sure you have permission to do the artwork in the desired location. It's not only wrong but it's against the law to paint on someone else's property without their permission.

The paint you use is important. If you'll just be doing lettering spray can paint is the popular method but for serious artists watercolors are a hit. Whatever you choose make sure it is compatible with the surface you'll be painting.

Graffiti doesn't have to consume the entire side of a building. It can be done on the side of a moving van or even as a tattoo. It can be extremely bright and colorful or implement only two distinctive shades. It can also be just a word or a simple drawing or it can mix the two together. And it can portray a famous character or an unknown who's just trying to advertise his business in a unique fashion.



The background you choose can be very important. Some backgrounds are more difficult canvases and others are easy-going. Some graffiti artists choose to leave the background in its natural state, such as brick. Others paint a large section in one color as a backdrop for the scene. Think of the color shades you will be using before deciding on a background. For instance, a matador and bull scene, with lots of red and black, might require a light background, like white. A street scene, however, could be painted directly onto a brick or wood structure.

Various techniques are applied when doing graffiti art. One is to use extremely large letters. Another is to use two or three different colors of paint for each letter. Use block or bubble letters of one color to do all the letters then outline each in another color. Outline once again in a third color. Another lettering technique is the appearance that part of a letter is behind another. Make the first bubble or block letter. When making the second letter leave off some of the left side of the bubble letter and paint the letters right next to each other. This gives the appearance that part of an "A", for example, is behind the "M" that precedes it. One other technique is to make the letters into an arc rather than straight across. Other writing tricks include making upper and lower case letters side-by-side, or starting huge then dropping off to small lettering or vice-versa.

The big and small technique gives the appearance of front ground and background. Make some people or objects huge to appear as if they are in the front ground of the drawing. Make other items small to seem as though they are pushed to the background. This gives dimension to the art.

Let your art tell the story. For example, if you wanted to make a statement for racial equality think of a way to have the picture describe what you're thinking. You could paint a brick wall that is being disassembled by whites on one side and blacks on the other. Even the neighborhood pet can be on top of the wall kicking bricks out of place. A touch of humor sends a friendly message rather than an angry one.

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