I am actually a web developer, but I love arts – especially graffiti and streetart. I had the aim to create my own graffiti on canvas to put it my living room – you can see the result below – so I started to sketch graffiti. At the same time I wanted to create a new web project besides my work to learn on it – “Graffiti Empire” was born.
Supplies I used for this painting
- Montana cans* for the backgrounds
- 4mm Molotow acrylic paint markers * and 8mm acrylic markers* for the outlines
Graffiti letters database
Automating repetitive tasks is a big part of my job. After drawing my first graffiti tags, handstyles and graffiti sketches, I soon realized that I forget how I designed letters before. It is not that easy to “scan” previously created sketches to find different designs of the currently needed letter. Additionally I searched for inspiration online and was not quite happy with the search results. Thus, I started to create my own database of graffiti letters and decided to provide it to a public audience.
Sprayed graffiti will always be a source of inspiration for me. So I take pictures of streetart and well painted graffiti I like. However, creating graffiti is not necessarily connected to spraying only in my opinion. With “Graffiti Empire” I want to develop graffiti as a form of art with focusing on sketches and paintings on canvas. The collection of graffiti letters improves and speeds up my design process. I want to share it, to help you designing your art. Furthermore, by showing my own creation process of graffiti sketches I want to help you to create your own graffiti style and may give you new insights on how to draw them. At the same time it is a documentation of my evolution in drawing.
Currently used equipment
- Stylefile brush markers for fill-ins *
- Posca markers PC 1MR 0.7mm* for highlights and outlines
- a black Stylefile marker* for handstyles
- Standard multipurpose copy printer paper* is good enough for casual drawings. In general sketchbooks/blackbooks are used as a convenient way to keep ideas and drawings together. So if you level up your art career and start spraying, I recommend to use a blackbook (e.g. Montana)*, to savely transport your drawings.
- I use Montana cans* for artworks on canvas – especially the backgrounds
- 4mm Molotow acrylic paint markers * and 8mm acrylic markers* for outlines on canvas
I strongly recommend to buy the book “Graffiti school: A Student Guide with Teacher’s Manual” from Chris Ganter*. It gave me a lot of good hints and helped me a lot to improve my sketches with drawing exercises and theory.
How do you draw digital graffiti and handstyles?
I currently use the following equipment to draw and create digital graffiti:
- Procreate: best drawing app for iPad
- Apple iPad 32GB space gray *
- Apple Pencil *
- I Used Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator before. I am currently testing Affinity Photo, which is way cheaper, as a Photoshop alternative.
If you have questions, feedback or want a cooperation or link-exchange, drop me a message (email@example.com) or leave a comment bellow 🙂 !
Tada (formerly Nebula)
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