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 January 20, 2014.   0 Comment
Although graffiti is illegal it can be an expressive art form. Graffiti has many different styles and possibilities, so make sure you know what kind of artist you want to be. First off, you should know that many traditional graffiti artists are called "Writers". Writers use the basic style of lettering and/or characters. Writers use things such as spray paint, markers, and sometimes a plain old brush and acrylic paint. Some artists are generally dubbed "Guerilla Artists" because of their bold statements using mostly stencils and wheatpaste. Wheatpaste is a mixture of arguably even amounts of flour and water. Once you have produced the paste you can apply paper images, such as the famous Andre The Giant, using a brush, sponge, or whatever is available. Here are some basic steps to help you "Get Up".
  • 1
    First you should think of a name. Your name is very important and can sometimes go hand in hand with the type of graffiti you are doing, such as Posterchild as a wheatpaste artist (that name is taken).
  • Many traditional artists use what is called a "Blackbook", which is a sketchbook for graffiti artists, usually black hence the name.
  • 2
    Once you have the name and Blackbook (optional), you start your drawing.First you should develop a "Tag" which is a signature used by writers, often dressed up with arrows, quotations, halos, etc. Then you should make a "Throw Up" which is a basic spray painted bubble letter version of your name or phrase. Throw ups are two colors: an outline and fill, most commonly black and white, but any two colors will do.
  • 3
    Practice Both of these in your black book, move on to a piece of wood or if you really want, your own walls, and eventually other walls in your town and city. As you do this you should mind other peoples work that is better than or equal to ourskill level. Try and meet other artist and research in books and internet to gain inspiration.
  • 4
    As you do this try and experiment with color combinations. Choose what colors match and look good with each other. Also try and distort your letters and try to develop "Wildsytle". Wildstyle is the very complicated use of letters, the most famous of graffiti. Try to add arrows, layers, backgrounds, create a 3D illusion, and use lighting effectssuch as shine and shadow.
  • TIPS

    • Try and convey messages through your artwork.
    • Stencils
      • Creating stencils vary but the most basic way is to get a picture, open in photoshop, then get rid of the background and leave the object you want to make a stencil of. Then, Go to image>adjustments>desaturate... filter>blur>Gaussian Blur>set to 1.0 Pixels... image>adjustments>threshold>set to your liking... Filter>artistic>cutout>set all sliders to the left.
      • After you have the image print to size and cut with an Xacto knife onto thick paper or cardboard.

 

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